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EDA opts to delay replacing executive director position

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By Ben Hyatt

The Cynthiana-Harrison County Economic Development Authority plans to fill the vacant executive director position as soon as changes are made.
Discussion about future plans for the EDA  executive director position was the main topic of conversation at the monthly meeting held on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport.
Despite a recommendation to begin advertising for the vacant role, board member Shelia Currans felt that the need for advertising was a bit premature.
“I think we first have to answer a few questions about who has the power of hiring, firing and so on,” said Currans. “I couldn’t work for three bosses like the former director did, so I think we first have to establish who the director is actually employed by.”
Ideas were exchanged on how the next director should be held accountable and what duties should be required to be carried out by the director.
“Why can’t we be more independent like Planning and Zoning,” asked Currans? “There should be some established boss that the director reports to. I was naive to think that it was the EDA board, but apparently that is not the case.”
The board agreed to hold-off on any advertising of the vacant position until plans could be drawn up including a detailed job description and establishment of authority between the board, county and city.
Also discussed were potential sites for a new hotel location in Harrison County.
“To my knowledge there are three sites of interest for the hotel,” explained Mayor Steve Moses. “They are looking at beside Fifth Third, beside the post office or near the round-about.”
The board said the hotel interested in establishing in Harrison County is still not being named, however, plans are still in the works.
Finally, the board announced that a meeting will be held with P&Z to discuss a Text Amendment which would allow business to use gravel parking lots instead of the required paved, hard-surface.
“I think we have to use common sense when it comes to making a few changes to allow growth for small business,” said EDA chairman Frazier Lebus. “I am sure that in the future businesses will replace gravel with hard-surface, but for the sake of starting, I think they could use a break.”
A meeting will be held with P&Z on July 30, to discuss an amendment for parking-lot surfaces in the industrial park.
The next public EDA meeting will be held on Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., at the Harrison County Airport.