Keene city council members on Thursday will discuss, and possibly take action on, the possibility of disbanding the city’s economic development boards.

Also known as the Type A Economic Development Board and Type B Keene Business Development Corporation, each board receives a half cent of sales tax.

Cheryl Estes, Keene’s director of finance, said that calculates to about $215,000 each year.

“City council wants to discuss this with the boards and the attorneys, to see if it might be beneficial to do that so we could use some of the sales tax to fix the streets,” she said. “But, that is just one of many options.”

Estes said if everyone is in agreeance, it will then go to the voters to decide.

“If they talk about it, and it seems like it might be doable, I think we have until August to notify the county for it to be on the November election,” she said. “We are hoping we can get the information the council needs to be able to make a decision before August.”

Welcome to Keene

Landis Adams of Freeport will begin serving as Keene’s economic development director on June 10. He replaces Michael Talley, who resigned in February for a position in Denton.

Before his arrival in Keene, Adams was the economic development director for the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Platinum Marketing, a nationwide advertising and marketing agency. 

He is certified by the International Economic Development Council in the basic economic development director course. 

Adams is also the vice president of the Sweeny Chamber of Commerce, president of the Citizens Police Academy for the Freeport Police Department, vice president of the Freeport Host Lions Club, is a board member for the Education Foundation and Community Leadership Team for Brazosport ISO and a board member for the city of Jones Creek Planning and Zoning Commission. 

He is a graduate of Brazosport High School and a U.S. Army veteran, where he served in the Gulf War in 1991 as an administrative specialist and played professional soccer.

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