In a surprising move this morning, Mission City Council voted to dissolve Mission Economic Development Authority.
The action was taken in a special called meeting of Mission City Council convened at 10 a.m. today. After a lengthy executive session in which the full council met with City Attorney David Guerra and City Manager Julio Cerda, the mayor and council unanimously voted to stop funding to Mission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) and to dissolve the organization, dedicating all functions of MEDA to MEDC (Mission Economic Development Corporation).
MEDA President/CEO Pat Townsend Jr. declined comment on the action immediately following the meeting, indicating that he needed to go into another meeting with the city attorney first.
Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas explained afterwards that the MEDA staff would remain, but would just report to a different board of directors.
“Pat will continue doing what he’s doing,” said Mayor Salinas. “It’s a friendly merger….It’s the same as McAllen’s system. McAllen, Weslaco, everybody has the same system,” he added.
However, the mayor made it clear he was not happy with the way things have been working at MEDA.
“I just want things done,” he said, explaining that MEDA projects were taking too long to complete.
“It takes them two years to do anything,” he said.
He cited as an example the proposed highway to be constructed to Bentsen Palm, which he said they started on two and one-half years ago, “And they are just going to open bids next week.”
“Pat does a good job, but with a big board like that…you’re not going to be able to get anything done. Now he’s going to be able to do things faster,” Salinas said.
Mayor Salinas said MEDA will keep their same offices and same staff.
“Nobody is going anywhere,” he said.
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