BOCC puts in claim on lighthouse

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM.

Commissioners need a succession plan in place for Danford, but additionally given staffing cuts over the past several years the workload on department heads was such that some assistance was needed.

Commissioner Bill Williams, however, wondered if the board should be looking at the Chamber/EDC before considering a new addition to staff.

Williams said he had learned that the Chamber board was proposing to divide duties and bring in a Chamber point person to free executive director Barry Sellers for EDC work solely and wondered how, on the $40,000 provided by the county and city of Port St. Joe that would work.

“To me the Chamber/EDC issue is unresolved,” Williams said. “The EDC is going to be a major issue” particularly if the county takes back the EDC under its umbrella.

“What are we doing with the EDC?” Williams said.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel said the board needed to be proactive on the manpower issues and needed to thoroughly workshop the issue for solutions.

“It is fine to look at utility players, but what are the priorities and where is the budget,” Williams said.

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