Council panel will work on
Berry: Council needs to be more involved
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 10:00 AM
Newly elected Madison City Council president Rick Berry announced at Tuesday's council meeting that he was creating a committee of three council members to provide the community with a chance to weigh-in on economic development efforts and to get the council more involved in the effort.
Berry said he'd like to see the council become more involved in economic development decisions as his rationale for starting up the committee.
Councilmen Pete Backus and Darrell Henderson will serve with Berry on the committee. Their first meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council chambers.
"It's been my feeling for quite some time that the council is not involved enough in economic development," Berry said.
In other business:
Mayor Damon Welch said he will present his proposal for economic development at the next council meeting on Jan. 22.
The city's community relations manager Andrew Forrester announced that Madison Consolidated High School theater teacher Aaron Kelsey has agreed to coordinate the Very Merry Christmas parade for 2013. Kelsey organized the 2012 parade after a year of hiatus.
Parks Department director Dave Stucker told the council that all fees will remain the same for 2013. He said Crystal Beach came within about $20 of breaking even during 2012.