New NDDA Chair elected

John Scarffe, Nederland.  The Nederland Downtown Development Authority Board elected a new slate of officers, including a new chair, during the Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the Nederland Community Center. The Board also discussed the timeline for the upcoming Debt Authorization election on November 7.

 

Current Board Chair Karina Harms said the Board had new members in July, so they decided to have interim officers until they could get up to speed. Current interim officers are Katrina Harms, chair; Susan Schneider, vice-chair and Mandy Kneer, treasurer.

 

Kneer, who was absent, was elected as treasurer. Harms said she is no longer working at Nederland’s Carousel of Happiness, which qualified her as an NDDA district member, so she will definitely need to nominate someone to be chair.

 

Harms is submitting her 90-day resignation from the Board. She nominated Vice-Chair Susan Schneider, and the Board elected her chair. Board member Brent Tregaskis was elected vice-chair.

 

The Board discussed the November 7 debt authorization election for district members and reviewed the schedule. At a previous meeting, Harms said that the NDDA must borrow money from somewhere.

 

The NDDA has to do the debt authorization election for permission to use the money, and then they have to borrow it and pay it back, Harms said. The two previous debt authorizations were for specific projects, Harms said. Now the DDA is asking for a larger sum of money not tied to a specific project.

 

Harms said the debt authorization election is costing the DDA $20,000. “Our goal is to do some really good projects over the next five to ten years. We aren’t borrowing all of it.”

 

The District has 59 ballots going out currently and had 62 votes last year. They started mailing at the end of the week.

 

 

(Originally published in the November 9, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)