Peek to join SEED board

During the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, September 11 at City Hall, various civic committees saw their members approved to continue their service, while one group will welcome a new member.The commission approved the appointment of a SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board member to replace outgoing member Kyle Lawrence. Only one name was given from the overall commission, current city commissioner Dr. Jerod Peek. His three-year term will run from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2015.In other SEED-related items, the commission approved two incentive projects approved by the SEED board--Cornett Computer & Repair and Select Energy Services. Ken Becker, the Executive Director of SEED, spoke at the meeting to discuss the incentives.Cornett Computer & Repair currently has an office in Sweetwater with two full-time employees. This incentive will allow the company to hire additional technicians and programmers to reach a 60-mile region, while also offering a programming service and work on a state-wide program.The incentive with Select Energy Services, an oil field company, would allow for the business to lease a building location while looking toward expansion. With their initial work with water hauling, Select has already acknowledged that Sweetwater's access to the interstate will be a plus in bringing the company to the community.These two projects, along with other ventures, were part of another action item of approving some amendments to the new SEED budget. Other amendments presented included investments, legal fees, dues and subscriptions, rental equipment and improvements, along with the 3.3% cost of living raise to SEED employees.In addition, Lloyd Harris, Paul McCarthy and JoAnn French--as alternate, were reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission with their terms ending on September 30, 2014. Also with this approval, the Planning and Zoning Commission was established as a five-member board with an alternate each having two-year terms.Also regarding the Planning and Zoning Commission, a public hearing was held to consider the group's recommendation on assigning a zoning designation of a "K" Industrial District for the newly annexed area of 53.14 acres at Hopkins Road and Interstate 20, where the new Love's Truck Stop will be located.A representative with the company who was at the meeting, Jennifer Becker, stated that while construction has already taken place, an opening date has not officially been stated. More information will be brought at a later date. With no other input heard, the commissioners accepted and approved the recommendation of the "K" zone.Approval was also given for the reappointments of L.B. Taylor, Terry Blankenship, Joe Marlett and John McPherson as members of the Board of Adjustments. All four members are currently active members who were willing to continue their service, with their new terms expiring on September 30, 2014.