COPPERAS COVE — Economic Development Corporation members approved a joint-use resolution at their monthly meeting Thursday, giving City Council members and other officials permission to hold meetings at the EDC building at 210 S. First St.
The resolution stipulates the council’s meetings and workshops and meetings of the planning and zoning committee, the board of adjustment and the animal shelter advisory committee are to take place at the building.
In May, the city’s administration offices moved out of City Hall, 507 S. Main St., after the 1950s-era building showed visible signs of water damage, mold and a damaged telephone system.
Council meetings will be held at the different location because of similar facility-related issues.
The move is tentatively set for June, said Kevin Keller, city spokesman.
“However, we are waiting for Time Warner Cable to complete some installations, so we can air the meetings on the government access channel,” he said.
The EDC building has been around since the 1980s and housed a number of different companies, including a utility company, a bank and a post office, before becoming the EDC’s headquarters, said Polo Enriquez, EDC executive director.
Recently remodeled this year, the building contains several offices and a large central room used for meetings.
“It makes sense to have one big meeting room for the whole community here,” said Jack Smith, EDC member, adding he looks forward to sharing facilities with the city. The EDC room is slightly smaller than the current council chamber.
“I know that on the majority of mundane issues it probably won’t matter,” said Shane Rawlings, whose recent chicken ordinance issues drew a large crowd. “But with the bigger (meetings) ... there’s really not a lot of space already.”
Rawlings said he did not think the venue change would discourage people from going to meetings or voicing their opinions.
Keller said the city has held several workshop meetings in the EDC building previously, and the city does not see the smaller size becoming an issue.
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