EDC director to retire

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Longtime Sealy employee Kim Meloneck is retiring, and officials say her last day with the city is Sept. 7.

As director of Sealy’s Economic Development Corp., Meloneck is credited with bringing many new companies and jobs to the city, including Sika and SNC-Lavalin.

“Kim has done an excellent job for both the city and the developers she worked with,” said Sealy Mayor Janice Whitehead. “Her project management and organizational skills will be difficult to replace and she will be truly missed. I wish her well in future endeavors.”

Council member Chris Noack also commended Meloneck's efforts to grow the community's tax base.

"Kim Meloneck's name will forever be associated with SNC-Lavalin, Sika and the many more accomplishments she's had while serving as Sealy's EDC director," Noack said. "I wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Filling the EDC director role will be a difficult one for the city because of the legacy Kim is leaving behind."

Meloneck could not be reached for comment.

The EDC formed in 1997 and uses sales tax revenues to recruit new businesses to the area and create job opportunities. Meloneck’s husband Michael passed away in June of last year but she pushed through, showing up to events and council meetings and helping to advocate for an employee insurance policy that didn’t directly benefit her but, she said at the time, would help the majority of her co-workers. Meloneck was commended by Sika manufacturing plant officials for her persistence in recruiting the international company to Sealy. She’s the primary reason they’re in Sealy, CEO Herbert Zwartkruis said at the grand opening in March.

The EDC, however, came under fire recently in disputes over who should serve on the board of directors, how often the board meets and what the board accomplishes.

In a May city council vote, the panel split 4-3 in a vote to reappoint Adam Burttschell and Sterling Schiller alongside Councilwoman Dee Anne Lerma and Wyn McCready. Council members Larry Koy, John Hinze and Jennifer Sullivan opposed the appointments, which have to be made as a slate rather than individually.

The decision came after Mischelle McCarthy and Diane Wuthrich, who ran against Koy and Sullivan for city council and applied to serve on the EDC board, voiced concerns that the corporation is somewhat ineffective.

“I’m very proud of the three people that are on the board right now,” Koy said during the May meeting in an attempt to preserve his status as an EDC board member. “I don’t know what the movement is. I do, in the background, in the back of my mind. I guarantee you one thing. You’re going to lose a lot of experience and you’re going to lose a lot of knowledge and you’re going to lose a lot of faith in the people that are pushing this thing.”

In last week’s Sealy City Council meeting, council members made a few minor changes to the EDC bylaws including the following:

•Added to Section 3.07: Notice of meeting

•Hand delivery to his or her address or by electronic mail (e-mail) at his or her address provided by the City Secretary.

•Deleted the entire section entitled: Potential Conflicts of Interest

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