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ARCHIVED  October 8, 1999

EDAP weighs board changes

GREELEY – Board members of the Greeley/Weld Economic Development Action Partnership Inc. are split over a proposal to double public officials’ representation on the group from two members to four.

The board on Oct. 20 will vote on a proposal to add another Weld County commissioner and another Greeley City Council member to their body, but not without debate that has already caused the current board chairman to consider resigning if the measure is adopted.

“It is not in the best interests of the people of Greeley or of the county,” EDAP chairman Frank Moore Jr. said. “It politicizes the board to such an extent that I doubt if we could any longer be effective. If that were to be the case, I think I would have to consider resigning from my position.”

The EDAP board that oversees the spending of $350,000 in economic-development funds annually now includes a Greeley City Council member and a Weld County commissioner among its nine members.

Greeley mayor Vern Nelson and Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer hold positions on the current board. In addition, the Weld County Commission and the Greeley City Council each have appointment power over two other members, although EDAP rules provide that those appointments must come from the private sector.

Kirkmeyer has said that because the city and county taxpayers contribute more than half of EDAP’s costs, the council and commission should have a greater share of representation.

“We are responsible to the people of the county,” Kirkmeyer said. “They are the people who provide the funds to this group.”

Elected officials on the EDAP board have allies among them, including Lucille Mantelli, who is the community liaison and official spokeswoman for Kodak Colorado Division.

Mantelli said she likely would support the proposed changes.

“I think that that’s a positive move, as long as the other five council members come from the private sector,” Mantelli said. “Since so much of the budget comes from the public, it makes sense to have that representation. But it also needs to have that private-sector involvement. If it starts to move any further toward dominance by elected officials, then I would feel differently.”

GREELEY – Board members of the Greeley/Weld Economic Development Action Partnership Inc. are split over a proposal to double public officials’ representation on the group from two members to four.

The board on Oct. 20 will vote on a proposal to add another Weld County commissioner and another Greeley City Council member to their body, but not without debate that has already caused the current board chairman to consider resigning if the measure is adopted.

“It is not in the best interests of the people of Greeley or of the county,” EDAP chairman Frank Moore Jr. said. “It politicizes the board to…

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