Aledo may hire part-time person to handle economic development

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
If one is hired, an economic development person could help, for instance, market the City of Aledo-owned Button Building. (below)

The Aledo City Council, as part of its budget process, will be asked to consider hiring a part-time economic development person.

The city previously had an individual who worked on economic development, but that person was let go in April 2014, according to Mayor Chris Hagloch.

"At the time, council didn't feel we should continue to fund an economic development person," Hagloch said. He explained that over the past six months, there have been times it would have been helpful to have such a person to meet with prospective businesses.

Hagloch said the Personnel Committee decided last month to push forward the idea of hiring someone, probably for about 20 hours a week, to handle economic development duties.

The next step is getting approval of money for the position. The council will hold its budget sessions Oct. 28 and 29. He said the council will look at the line items for each department as it puts together the new spending plan.

The budget will come before the City Council in December for approval before the start of the new fiscal year on Jan. 1, 2016.

"We have the month of November to tweak things," Hagloch said of preparing the city's budget.

"If it's (the economic development position) approved in the budget, January first we could work up an outline of qualifications," the mayor said.

He said it's too early too early to set a goal as to when someone would be hired.