Chapman, Rhea step down from EDC posts



The Liberty Hill Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has lost two of its board members in recent weeks with the resignations of Bill Chapman and Ron Rhea.

Chapman, who was serving as the Board President, said in a letter to the board he was stepping down because of the EDC’s unwritten policy of not having licensed real estate professionals on the board. He said he plans to become licensed and pursue commercial real estate interests.

“I am leaving to pursue other interests and I truly believe I can do a lot for Liberty Hill and the EDC by working my private practice in consulting, real estate and recruitment. I will always be available for consult to you and would love to help in any way possible in the future,” Chapman said in his resignation letter.

Rhea cited health issues is stepping down only two months after he nominated himself to serve on the board and was confirmed by the City Council.

The EDC filled one of the two open seats with Liberty Hill ISD Superintendent Steve Snell, who was approved Monday by the Liberty Hill City Council.

The Council also approved the new EDC Board Officers. Johnny Johnston will serve as President, with John Clark Vice President. Jamie Etzkorn is the Secretary and Treasurer will be by Eric Bailey.

No indication was given at the Monday Council meeting when Rhea’s EDC post would be filled.

New signage
The Blue Door Gift Store & Boutique opens at its new location, 14365 SH 29, next week and will have a brand new look thanks in part to a sign grant from the EDC, which received final approval from the City Council Monday.

The grant is for up to 50 percent of the cost of new signage. The projected cost of the work, according to the grant application, is about $6,300.

The EDC offers sign and facade matching grants for local businesses and information on the application process and qualifications can be found on the City website at .