Jan 152014

By Naomi Hatch
There has been no activity from Taylor’s Economic Development Committee for the past year or so, Town Manager Gus Lundberg advised the town council Jan. 8, so he is looking for volunteers to serve on that committee.
Councilman Carl Cosper, Zoning Administrator Allen Davis and Lundberg recently met with the Snowflake Economic Development Committee, and would like Taylor’s economic development committee to become more active.
Lundberg said that even though there is a recession, being involved in businesses coming to the community and retaining businesses that are here is very important.
“Snowflake is working on some things there and I think we have some unique things in Taylor,” said Lundberg referring to the airport.
“I think with networking and some good efforts, we can do some good things,” he said.
A meeting was planned the following day in Snowflake, and Eric Ritz, along with Lundberg and Allen planned to attend.
Councilman Shawn Palmer said that he would consider serving on the committee, but did not commit to it.
Councilman Jason Brubaker noted that he has attended Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce meetings, and one of the main purposes of the chamber is economic development and sustainment.
“I would think that committee (economic development) could work with the chamber a little bit,” he said.
Lundberg commented that not just the chamber, but also the Snowflake-Taylor Tourism Committee and the Real AZ group have a variety of people working on economic development. “Nobody is going to look out for us like we would ourselves,” said the manager.
Brubaker said that he felt that what one town does affects the other, referring to Taylor and Snowflake.
“I think it would be appropriate to have a couple of council people on that,” said Mayor Fay Hatch as he encouraged council members to give names to Lundberg if they know of someone interested in serving.
Brubaker said he would help a little.
Councilman Dave Smith, who represents the council on the Beautification Committee, said that Carmen Shumway, Shirley Cole and Katy Udall have made up the committee for quite some time and would like to be replaced.
Smith thanked these women for the work they have put in to keep the flowers along Main Street beautiful.
He noted that an Adopt-the-Block program was created that drew many volunteers who keep their block beautiful and he recognized them.
“Their work doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Smith.
The councilman has three people willing to serve on the Beautification Committee, but would like a committee of eight and so he’s looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the committee, contact Smith or Taylor Town Hall.
Anyone interested in serving on the Economic Development Committee is asked to contact a member of the town council or town hall.