Change is coming to the Rosenberg Development Corp. by way of board members.

At Tuesday’s Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members nominated former mayor Lupe Uresti-Cabello to fill the citizen vacancy on the board.

The vacancy is due to the recent passing of RDC board member Teresa Bailey. Bailey was treasurer from 2019-2021. Bailey also served as secretary and vice president of the board during her tenure with the RDC.

According to RDC bylaws, no more than three board members can be city employees or members of city council.

Currently, Mayor Bill Benton and council member Kevin Raines serve on the board. Also on the board are Rosenberg residents Herb Phelan, John Herne and Ted Garcia.

“Before I call the vote, let me just remind folks (council member) Jacob (Balderas) has resigned from the board,” Benton told the council. “Next meeting, we will have to appoint one of you to the board as well.”

Other interested parties for the position were Lori Cook and Glen Sharp.

Benton first nominated Cook. The nomination was seconded by Tim Anders, but did not garner enough support to earn the nomination. Council members Marc Morales, Susan Euton, Isaac Davila and Kevin Raines voted against the nomination.

Euton then nominated Uresti-Cabello. The motion was seconded by Morales. Anders was the only council member to vote against the nomination, but it passed 6-1.

According to City Secretary Danyel Swint, the citizen nominee must send in an application and undergo a background check before joining the RDC.

The term is set to expire June 2022.

The RDC is funded by a one-half cent sales tax.

The board engages in projects related to primary job creation in the city.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting is slated for March 2.

Next week’s meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference at 6:30 p.m.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email. Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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