Sunday, August 18, 2013

Undoing the Alvin New - MedHab Exemption

San Angelo City Council will take up the following agenda item on Tuesday, August 20th:

8.  Consideration and possible action regarding a revision to the City of San Angelo Development Corporation Guidelines for Job Creation Assistance regarding Eligibility of Applicants 

(Requested by Mayor Morrison and presentation by Interim Economic Development Director Bob Schneeman) 

It will be interesting to see how this City Council responds.   The former Council changed the rule just prior to approving a $3.6 million economic development package for MedHab. 

San Angelo Mayor Alvin New filed two affidavits declaring his substantial conflict of interest in MedHab.  New also served on MedHab's Board of Directors at the time.  None of these facts were shared with Council by City staff.

Mayor Morrison wants to revert the loosening of standards that enabled Mayor New to keep his MedHab investment and remain Mayor.  I applaud his effort. 

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