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Councilmen voice concerns on committee appointments

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Richmond councilmen Bob Bond and Jim Dunwoodie were clearly displeased with administrators’ selections for a steering committee for Richmond’s Strategic Economic Plan. While they agreed with some appointments, both argued not enough entrepreneurs were included, especially Henkel, Richmond’s main manufacturer. There was no representative of Ray County Memorial Hospital, a major employer, as well.

“The great notion was that there would be people that represent restaurants, Walmart, furniture stores, maybe a county representative and Henkel,” Bond said. Bond originally voted the mayor’s appointment, then retracted his vote. The appointment passed 5-2. He said he hoped there would be discussion on the choices prior to a vote.

“Why not Henkel? They might bring a business into town that services their business,” Dunwoodie added.

The city administer called the list a “starter group.”

“The more reason to have people (on the committee) that have built businesses in this town and know what it takes to build. This will be a long-term effort,” Dunwoodie replied.

The steering committee is comprised of Rob Swafford (Swafford’s Ford), Brad Hogan (Community Bank of Missouri), attorney Farrell Hockemeier, planning and zoning board member Everett Balman, Brohammer, R-XVI Superintendent Damon Kizzire, Tammy Summers (Bank Midwest), councilman Rob Kinnard, Willim, mechanic Mark Guy and Chastidy Loftin (Community Realty).

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