GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Economic Development Board on Monday continued to fine-tune a draft of bylaws and a procedure for screening candidates to fill two vacancies on the board.

County Commissioner Jack Wall took issue with the phrasing of the bylaws that board members reside “or conduct business” in Coryell County.

Wall questioned whether someone from outside the county who merely opened a business in the county would have a stake in Coryell’s economic development. He favored requiring board members to be county residents.

“You want to avoid a drive-by,” board member Fred Chavez said. “We will revisit that section” of the bylaws.

The board also considered a detailed set of guidelines for the nomination of prospective board members including selection criteria that consider “the composition of the current board, the current board and committee members’ qualities and the dynamic needs of the organization.”

The board is looking for two new members: one to fill the Precinct 4 vacancy left by the resignation of Jimmy Clark in May, and another to fill a vacant at-large seat to bring the board to a full seven-member complement.

The board took no action on the bylaws or nomination guidelines Monday.

Board President Dick Van Dyke said the group will need to meet in special session to prepare a budget proposal for the county commissioners’ court.

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