QDC board reviews business assistance

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The Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) was able to give grants to several Quitman businesses in phase two of its plan to give $300 cash or $500 in gift cards to help local merchants during the difficult times of COVID-19.   

In phase two, the QDC was able to fill out more requests for the grants.

“Last month we gave $12,000 in grants. We still have some gift cards to issue out hopefully in the not too distant future,” board member David Dobbs said. “This month we received 37 grant requests and we issued almost all of those. There were 11 we issued in phase one who did not request money this time. We had some repeat, but that is fine. We are well under our budget. We had $15,300 and spent $11,000.”

The board took no action on a phase three for June. They chose to discuss it further after they see how the gradual reopening of businesses works out.

Brad Medlin reported there had been interest from a business wanting to move into Quitman Business Park.

“I talked to a man who is interested in bringing his business here. We took him out and talked to him for about an hour. He is very interested in Lot 8. We are going to get in touch with him again tomorrow (Tuesday),” Medlin noted. “We want to try and move on this pretty quick. He has already looked at land in Mineola and didn’t get the answers he wanted. I think we can accommodate him.”

Lot 8 in the business park is just over 1.6 acres which is at the end of Richard Street at Clark Street in the southwest edge of the park. 

City Administrator Rodney Kieke reported that city sales tax revenue was up 17 percent over last year at this time. Some of the merchants have seen gains during the uncertain times.

“The hardware stores, package stores and grocery stores have all done very well,” Mayor Randy Dunn said. “I was able to visit with some of our merchants and many of them had a really good day Saturday.” 

The board tabled the discussion concerning what to do about the open executive director position which has now been vacant for three months. The board voted to have a special meeting Friday to discuss the matter in executive session.

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