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Four removed from economic board

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Three members were removed from the Bandera Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and a fourth resigned during a regular meeting of the Bandera City Council last Thursday, December 7.

After other items on the meeting’s agenda were addressed, Rebecca Gibson submitted her resignation from the EDC. Following Gibson’s resignation, the council voted to remove Cindy Coffey, Andrea Jankoski and Deanna McCabe.

“When I volunteered to fill a vacancy, I always intended it to be temporary,” Gibson said. “The EDC has been in shambles now for about a year. In my opinion, we used to have a vely high-functioning EDC with programs that promoted economic development for business owners and citizens that benefitted the city in many ways.”

“That EDC no longer exists, Gibson continued. “It is my hope from my seat here on council that this council can work together to provide direction and can work together to improve that.”

The EDC has not held a regular meeting since October 22, 2020, although a special meeting was held Nov. 18. Meetings scheduled for November 12 and December 16 were cancelled. No minutes have been uploaded to the city’s website since June 25, 2020.

“Right now the EDC is not getting anything at all accomplished,” said Mayor Suzanne Schauman, who is also the president of the EDC.

No new members were appointed to the EDC, but the council intends to set up a workshop to determine the future of the Bandera EDC.

The City of Bandera’s website currently lists Suzanne Schauman, Laura Losoya and Jelly Stevens as members of the EDC, though Coffey, Jankoski and McCabe have yet to be removed as of Tuesday morning.

The Bandera City Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for December 21 at 6:00 p.m. and will be held via zoom to the public only.