Americus Ditch discussion pops up again for BOCC

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

Neal Wade, executive director of the Bay County EDA will oversee operations, according to Commissioner Warren Yeager, and the commissioners voted to make Tourist Development Council executive director Jennifer Jenkins the point of contact.

The EDA planned to give $4,500 to the Port Authority to get through May of next year though Commissioner Carmen McLemore asked what would happen with the remainder of Sellers’ budget since he’d only been paid around $20,000 of an $80,000 salary.

McLemore didn’t want the EDA to spend it but rather have it as a surplus in case of emergency.

County attorney Jeremy Novak said that the County had a contract with the EDA and without Sellers employed; they still had a contractual obligation to the group.

“Once they get the port going, they’re not going to need it,” Yeager told McLemore alluding to the EDA funding from the BOCC. “I’m more encouraged now than I’ve ever been.”

McLemore expressed his frustration and told his fellow commissioners that they can’t keep throwing money into a bucket and not get a return. Yeager asked McLemore to give it a little more time.



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