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05-18-06 Minutes

The meeting was called to order by  Chairman Blunt White at 7:15 PM

Present were: Gary Bennett, Ed Dear, John Dione, Ed Hart, Jim Oberhelman and Blunt White. Absent were: John Delmhorst, Ed Habereck, Inger Elliot, Mike Latham, and Tony Lee.

The minutes of the April 20, 2006 meeting were approved.

Jim Oberhelman indicated that the data collection phase of the Economic Evaluation Project was just about complete and that a final report would be available at the next EDC meeting.

The proposed Tax Abatement Policy was reviewed.  Several suggestions were made to clarify points.  The Commission approved discussion of the draft with the amendments with the Board of Selectmen.

The Commission approved expenditure of $1,000 for advertising of the Farmers Market initiative by PRO in Pawcatuck.

The Commission approved a suggestion by John Dione to arrange a joint meeting of the Westerly, RI EDC and the Stonington, CT EDC to explore joint interest regarding development of the Pawcatuck River shoreline.

The next EDC meeting will be Thursday, June 15, 2006 at the Stonington Human Resource Center at 7:00PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Oberhelman
Acting Secretary