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Bastrop EDC proposes changes to bylaws

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. is weighing a host of changes to its bylaws, including one that could limit the number of City Council members allowed to serve on its board.

The proposed change is in response to repeated concerns voiced by board members, city officials and residents who have said the council has too much influence in the organization, which lead the corporation to decide in February to take a comprehensive look at its governing document.

At the time, three council members sat on the board, including Mayor Ken Kesselus, Mayor Pro Tem Willie DeLaRosa and Council Member Gary Schiff. DeLaRosa and Schiff have since left the board, but the adhoc committee tasked with recrafting the corporation’s bylaws still pushed in favor of the change.

Currently, three council members are allowed to sit on the board, per the existing bylaws. Changes would limit that to one council member.

State law allows for four council members; however, in Bastrop it would constitute a quorum of the City Council, creating a host of legal problems for the organization. For this reason, the corporation always opted for a maximum of three council members on its board.

Read the full article at www.statesman.com.