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|GREDA Contract Vote Before Knox County Board Tonight
|A holiday-planned meeting will be anything but for the Knox County Board. The board will have at least one big vote on their agenda for the meeting tonight that was moved up because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association will find out if they will have funding from the board for next year.
At a Knox County Board finance committee meeting last week, the group approved a modified contract for the development entity. The new contract is a one year deal worth $30,000 for GREDA. Bob Fulton, chairman of GREDA, presented the committee with a binder of information that included a quarterly newsletter, a handbook of business services, and a summarized report of GREDA prospects - including a report that said Galesburg was a developers "hot-spot."
The finance committee approved the new one year deal with a vote of 5-2, with only William Abel, and Steven Johnson opposed to funding the group. Chairman of the finance committee Wayne Saline did make a recommendation for an amendment to the new GREDA contract -- that a Knox County Board member be appointed to serve on the GREDA executive board effective immediately. Saline said he's sure the communication between the board and GREDA will get better and when business is bad, that's when the group needs to go out to find the business. The GREDA officials on hand said it would be no problem to add that to the amended one year deal. Saline also mentioned if the change is not made, the board may not approve the new deal.
The Knox County Board meets starting at 5:30 for a Truth in Taxation hearing, followed by the full meeting at six o'clock at the Knox County Courthouse.
|11 24 08 by Newsroom
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