The Van Alstyne Economic Development Corporation met earlier than usual Tuesday for its regular monthly meeting, beginning at 5 p.m. instead of their usual 6:30 p.m. start. This was because the Van Alstyne City Council also met Tuesday night, and both were inside City Hall.


Four of the five EDC board members were in attendance: Laura Cooper, Trent Voigt, Brad Clough, and Keith Arsenault. Absent was Board Member Mark Moss.


At the meeting, the Board considered changes in the EDC’s by-laws, working to bring them into compliance with state requirements and to accommodate requests from the City Council. They were finally approved with exception of one section regarding the places where the EDC can hold meetings, which must be in a publicly accessible location per state law. The item was also on the Council’s agenda for their consideration.


They also approved the purchase of a new desktop computer with a monitor large enough to accommodate viewing and creating drawings and maps. The Board set a cap on this purchase of $1,000.


Next up on the agenda was a discussion of marketing strategies involving print and digital media. Cooper presented some options, handing out printed material already available. Clough asked where the city is in the Master Plan process, and Mayor Steve Riley, there in the crowd, said the city is waiting on some specific information before finalizing the plan. The EDC made no decisions until they learn about the completion of the Master Plan.


The Board went into executive session to discuss four items (1) land purchases for economic development purposes; several lots inside Cold Springs Industrial Park; a future office location lease and improvements; and a demand letter from the former EDC director.


After returning to open meeting, there was one motion made and that was to authorize the Board’s president, Voigt, to enter into negotiations on real estate to be used for economic development purposes.


As they closed the meeting, Voigt smiled and stated, “And we finished with 20 minutes to spare.”