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Monroe City Council Recommends Four People To I-20 Board

The I-20 Economic Development Board is a step closer to finding a solution, after months of no meetings and a huge delay on projects.
MONROE -- The I-20 Economic Development Board is a step closer to finding a solution, after months of no meetings and a huge delay on projects.

Monroe city council members have recommended four people  be added to the board. The council was asked to appoint qualified men or women to serve on the board.

Those recommendations include businessman Johnny Bryant, case worker Rowena Sledge, developer Charles Theus, and Councilwoman Betty Blakes.

Mayor Mayo said he is pleased but has concerns with one or two of the recommendations. He said he will speak with the council about it before the city council meeting Tuesday evening, and it will be up to the council if they'll have an amended agenda with new recommendations.

For about six months now, the I-20 board has been at a stand-still because the board could not form a quorum.

"There's been projects that's been delayed, and also some future projects that we've been needing to talk about," said Mayor Jamie Mayo, who said projects on the north and south side of the interstate, including extending the frontage road, have been delayed and have set them back at least a year. "There's also an individual who's looking to put a new hotel along the I-20 economic development district."

Mayor mayo says he hopes these appointments will fulfill the needed quorum and put an end to the delay on vital projects.
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