ZEPHYRHILLS — City Council members reached beyond the city limits to appoint members to the city's new Economic Development Task Force.
The temporary panel was created by council resolution Sept. 12 to help lure businesses to Zephyrhills. At that time, Mayor Cliff McDuffie was appointed chairman of the committee.
Before appointing the rest of the panel at their meeting Monday evening, council members amended the resolution to allow non-residents to participate, because not enough city residents applied. Several business owners and professionals who work in the city wanted to be part of the committee, even though they live outside the city limits.
"I'm surprised and disappointed that we didn't get more local people who have local businesses, but this is what we have to work with," McDuffie said during the meeting.
The 4-0 vote (council president Jodi Wilkeson was absent) appointed the following people to the committee:
Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce representative John Scott, Main Street Zephyrhills representative Gina Granger, and business owners and professionals Thomas Vanater, Manny Funes, Matt Hulbert, Tim Linville, Randy Maggard and Skip Griffith. Skip Skairus and Randall Stovall were appointed as alternates.
The alternates have full participation, but can only vote in the absence of a regular member.
City Manager Jim Drumm came up with the idea for a task force to meet at least monthly to review economic opportunities, including luring new businesses, big and small, into the city.
McDuffie said he hopes to schedule the first meeting within two weeks. The task force will be in place for six months, disbanding on April 4, 2012.