Business Council in Need of Members

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Speculation surrounds the sudden resignations of three members of Bryan's Business Council.

On Tuesday, Mitch Morehead, Louis Newman, and John Godfrey informed the city council they were resigning from their positions on the council immediately, leaving just three members on the BBC.

Russell Bradley is one of those remaining members.

"I am sorry to see them go," Bradley said.

Appointed only recently, Bradley says the business council remains steady.

"I think everything is fine and we're moving along," Bradley said.

The BBC was created by the Bryan City Council for the purpose of recruiting retail and hotel businesses to city.

When contacted Wednesday, Morehead said he believed the council was headed in a different direction.

Sources close to the situation say the luring and location of the new Texas A&M Health Science Center may have also lead to the resignations. Bradley says he is not clear why that could be the case.

"I think that the HSC is probably the biggest thing to happen to the city of Bryan since the city charter," Bradley said. "It is huge and what it can bring into the city is also huge, so I think the council's vision was right on."

Sources also say recent appointments to the council could have played a factor.

Long-time member Louis Newman said after 12 years on the council, he felt it was time for him to step down.

Incidentally, these resignations follow that of Dick Perkins, who was the council's chairman. With just three members left, the group will be unable to met until at least one seat is filled so a quorum can be achieved.

Replacements for the council could be announced at the next city council meeting on March 27. Bradley says he believes qualified candidates should not be hard to find.

"I think Councilman Conlee got it right today: we have got plenty of good businessmen in the city of Bryan and things will continue on," Bradley said.

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