D-Day for DDA as Evans’ resignation takes effect
Three members of the Downtown Development Authority Board will band together to become transitional directors of the organization.
The team has become necessary because the director of the DDA, Bill Evans, resigned effective May 31 to spend more time taking care of Western Academy, which he owns. So while a new director is sought, the trio will be in charge.
The team will be made up of DDA board member and City Councilwoman Jean Martensen, board alternate and former mayor Bob Zanella, and board member Thane Lincicome, of Carbondale, who owns the Sixth Street building that houses Elk Mountain Motors.
“We’re just going to split up the days as we can,” Martensen said. “We’re going to be operating without a new director for a while. We may all be worn out.”
The search for a new director is ongoing, but at last check, there were only four applicants, Martensen said. Once there are a sufficient number of applicants, interviews will begin.
“We’re not going to get somebody in place in 30 days,” said Jock Jacober, chairman of the DDA Board. “So these three people will communicate with the board simultaneously to fill in for Bill Evans.”
Martensen said the new director likely won’t start until at least mid-July.
The main items on the trio’s agenda are to continue the work that’s been done by the Parking Committee, as well as keeping the new Economic Development Subcommittee and Restaurant and Retail Committee moving forward.
“That involves a lot of information gathering,” Martensen said.
Also, they plan to start a DDA newsletter to keep those who live and work in the downtown core informed.
Evans said he tried to wrap up as many loose ends as he could before vacating his position and had plans to talk to the three transitional directors on Friday evening.
“I’ve tried to bring closure to a lot of things,” Evans said. “We have a good plan for public events.”
Those plans include live music on Saturdays in the downtown core on June 29, July 13, July 27 and Aug. 17. The downtown music series kicked off Memorial Day weekend at Centennial Park.
“We committed $3,500 for music and entertainment this summer. The DDA also committed $2,000 for new bike racks downtown,” Evans said.
The bike racks have not yet been installed, but will be arriving soon, he said.
“The rest of the board can take on any of the issues they want to,” he said. Those issues might include information kiosks and façade restoration.
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