Herb Phelan’s time on the Rosenberg Development Corp. has come to an end. For now, at least.
At Tuesday’s regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members accepted Phelan’s resignation to the RDC, but did not appoint someone to take his place. Meaning that after the May election, Phelan very well could be reappointed to his seat on the board.
This resignation is in light of the appointment to the At-Large Position 1 seat on council in March.
According to RDC bylaws, no more than three council members can sit on the RDC. And with Mayor Bill Benton and council members Kevin Raines and Marc Morales already sitting on the board, Phelan had to resign.
Before discussion began, City Secretary Danyel Swint told the council that Allen Scopel had applied for the open position.
That’s when council member Susan Euton suggested waiting until after the May election to appoint a new member to the RDC.
“I think it would be best out of consideration for the next mayor and for the next At-Large positions that we wait,” he said. “It would be best for the process and most fair for those incoming.”
Benton noted that Scopel has the council’s support, but the council ultimately decided to wait until more people apply and after the May election.
The term for the RDC seat is set to expire June 2022.
“For the people who are not familiar with the RDC, it’s a separate corporation from the city of Rosenberg,” Phelan explained.
“The majority are non council members and they have a certain independence, which is critical. It’s bringing jobs and new citizens and businesses into Rosenberg.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been a part of it. They are absolutely affecting our lives every day. It’s incredible. I thank the council for having appointed me in the first place.”
Listed are the qualifications necessary to sit on the RDC board: Be a resident of the city of Rosenberg for 12 consecutive months before the date of appointment; Be a U.S. citizen; Be 21 years old or older on the day of appointment; Not have been previously determined mentally incompetent by a judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction; Not be convicted of a felony for which a pardon has not been given.