Council member declines MDD post

Interim manager job becomes permanent

The Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) gained a permanent manager but lost a director Thursday.

Meeting in regular session in the MDD office, the board heard a report that Kara Clore, serving as interim director since April, has been named permanent director.

Clore reported she had received a communication from city council member Joyce Dalley, appointed to the board in a split council vote two weeks ago, had declined the position.

Adam Straznicky and Trent Wages, who were also appointed by the council, were welcomed to the MDD board on Thursday.

MANAGER—Clore, the former Kara Zawadzke, is a native of Milam County who attended Rockdale schools, then graduated from Milano High School.

After graduation, she entered the field of cosmetology, first as a hair specialist, then entering the teaching-executive branch of the business.

She went to work for The Rainbow Group, which owns and operates a large number of salons.

Clore has been furthering her education at Temple College and Texas A&M College-Central Texas. In April she replaced Tom Manskey, the MDD’s first execu- tive director, on an interim basis.

BOARD—Dalley, who was named to the MDD board Sept. 16 in a split council vote, told The Reporter, “I believe I can be more effective in serving the constituents who elected me by concentrating on, and responding to, their diverse concerns and wishes by serving only on the city council.”

“Although the city council and the MDD have the common goal of working for the good of the Rockdale community, our sources of revenue and the restrictions on how those monies can be spent are different,” she said. “Consequently, we have different methods of attaining our goals.”

RENOVATION—The MDD took no action after an executive session dealing with procedures surrounding a $330,000 property purchase.

The property has not yet been made public in open session.

Board members and engineer Scott Murrah discussed plans for an upgrade of downtown Rockdale, focused on Main Street, from the I& GN Depot to the Kay Theatre, and Cameron Avenue (US 79) from Ackerman to Burleson.

Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) turned down Rockdale’s application for a grant in connection with the project.

In other business, the MDD discussed proposed improvements to the Patterson Civic Center and heard former city council member Toby Johnson express appreciation to the board for supporting her nomination as an MDD board member.

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