LEDC hires new legal firm

The Levelland Economic Development Corporation voted Tuesday to hire a Lubbock law firm to represent it on legal matters.

Board members readily agreed to engage Brooks Law LLP to represent the LEDC for three years.

Last month, the board opened proposals from four law firms and began ranking them.

Chairman Elgin Conner said  he felt comfortable after recently meeting with the firm’s employees.

‘We asked a lot of questions,’ Conner said. ‘We felt very comfortable making our recommendation.’

Shawn Kirkpatrick, LEDC executive director, said managing partner Dustin Brooks and his firm’s partners will be a ‘partner’ with the LEDC on ‘economic development’ and not just legal matters.

Board member Sham Myatt agreed.

‘We need to get back to economic planning and development,’ Myatt said. ‘I’m good with that.’

Myatt made the motion to engage the firm. It passed 4-0.

Dustin Brooks, grew up in Hockley County. His firm represented the LEDC this year and last, particularly on a case involving water usage at Levelland Industrial Rail Park.

Kirkpatrick said the LEDC has budgeted $18,000 for legal expenses in the new budget year, which starts today.

He said the LEDC needs to conduct a review of its governance, including its articles of incorporation, bylaws, records management and public information.

The review should take a couple of months to complete and it should involve input from Brooks.

The board agreed that Jody Rose and Sham Myatt will make up the committee that will look at governance.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Steve 
Villanueva, who was appointed to the board this past summer.

Kirkpatrick said Villanueva is unable to attend meetings because of his busy work schedule.

He said a replacement will be discussed with the Levelland City Council this month.

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