FERRIS – In regular session Monday night, after a motion by Joanna Dunn and a second by Virginia Kay, the Ferris 4B Economic Development Board approved a proposal to provide partial funding of a Main Street/economic development coordinator position.

In a previous session, city manager Eric Strong suggested a salary of $32,000 with $15,000 being paid by the 4B Economic Development Board. According to the proposal on the EDC master form, the primary purpose of the position is to “help create, attract and retain business in Ferris.”

“The 4B Board voted last night to provide the $15,000 funding, but there is now a 60-day waiting period before they can officially fund the position,” said Strong, saying the city would also provide funds for partial payment.

“We’re hoping that the interviewing process can begin by March,” Strong told 4B board members Monday night.

During its meeting Monday, the city council heard a report from Tracy Wood, a representative of Witherspoon, Yeldell and Wilson, P.C. Accounting Firm, concerning the municipality’s annual audit. She noted that almost every department operated under budget with reserves sufficient for 72 days of operation.

The council went into executive session to evaluate Strong’s performance as city manager.

“This was a scheduled six-month evaluation and the board gave him a good review,” city secretary Pat Bradley said.

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