The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 3, 2007 Page: 3 of 23
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Applicants may apply, for both a
General Beautification Grant and
Signage Grant, but SEDC expendi-
tures will not exceed $12,000.
"The SEDC board believes the
grants will enhance the business dis-
tricts for residents to enjoy and to
bring a sense of pride to the commu-
nity," Covington said.
"An attractive business district
will provide better definition and
visibility, while distinguishing the
Brown said locations with one
owner but multiple tenants will be
considered as one location under
Each applicant is required to
complete an application form pro-
vided by the SEDC which will
include the following information:
•A general description of the proj-
The estimated cost of the project.
The amount of funding requested
and description of the intended use
of the funds.
•Timeline for project completion.
"Applicants will supply support-
ing information such as photographs
of the property, contractor estimates
and landscape or construction
plans," Brown said.
"The SEDC will meet regularly to
consider grant applications.
"The SEDC budgeted a limited
amount of funding for the program.
All applications are considered on a
first-come, first-served basis."
Brown said the SEDC Board of
Directors will discuss and act upon
each application on a case-by-case
"Every project will require a writ-
ten contract outlining the considera-
tions of the grantor and grantee," he
"In 1989, the Texas Legislature
passed laws allowing local commu-
nities to utilize the proceeds from a
sales tax for economic development.
"Since then, over 500 cities in
Texas have chosen, by referendum,
to use this strategy for economic
Brown said In 1994, the citizens
of Sachse established the Sachse
Corporation through a referendum
The SEDC is a non-profit corpo-
ration supervised by a seven-mem-
ber volunteer board of directors who
want to diversify the economic base
of our community so that the entire
local tax burden does not fall entire-
ly to the local homeowner.
"The SEDC Board of Directors
meets regularly on the second
Wednesday of each month to discuss
and act upon issues involving eco-
nomic development within Sachse.
Meetings are held at city hall, and
members of the public are encour-
aged to attend and participate in
"We are confident that the invest-
ments the SEDC will make over the
next year will benefit the City of
Sachse," Covington said.
The SEDC meeting agendas are
posted at city hall and are available
on the cCity of Sachse's Web site
The mission of the SEDC is to
support Sachse in promoting and
developing authorized projects,
while supporting economic develop-
mentactivities to retain, expand and
attract businesses lor the purpose of
diversifying the tax base and
improving the quality of life of the
citizens of Sachse.
"About five years ago, the SEDC
developed a Tax Abatement and
Incentive Policy that was adopted by
the council," Brown said.
"The policy applies to existing
and new business development in
Sachse and new or expanding busi-
nesses wishing to apply for tax
abatements must meet certain crite-
ria to be eligible for consideration."
Brown said the SEDC reviews
each abatement application, and a
feasibility analysis is executed by
the city and the SEDC.
The term and amount of the tax
abatement will be determined from
the findings of the feasibility study,
and the council considers each tax
abatement application on a case-by-
case basis following a public hear-
Brown said it is important to note
that a municipality may not simply
give away public funds or property.
"The municipality must take con-
tractual steps to ensure that the pub-
lic purpose of economic develop-
ment is carried out," he said.
"The agreements also include
provisions for the recapture of the
grant if the business fails to honor its
commitment to a city.
"Agreements provide for a variety
of recapture provisions in the event
Brown said the city has the right
to seek reimbursement of the incen-
tives that were provided if business
does not fulfill its obligations.
Corporations may also enter into
economic development agreements
in much the same fashion as munic-
ipalities and with many of the same
regulations." he said.
For more information contact the
Tree of knowledge
Hhnlo by Pally Montagrw
Hartmen Elementary students, from left, second-graders Emily Koonce and Hunter Nardiello and
first-grader Henry Rhodes and WISD Gifted and Tajented Teacher Patti Jennings planted a white
crabapple tree at the school last week in honor of Earth Day. Jennings' classes at Akin Elementary
planted a red crabapple and Birmingham Elementary's class planted a pink one. The Home Dep< i
of Wylie provided the trees at a discount, Jennings said.
CCCC sprouts three landscape classes
Collin County Community
College is offering three landscape
Practices" Students will explore the
basic principles of design, planning,
plants, irrigation and rainwater har-
vestin. The Wednesday course runs
four sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
May 9 to 30.
•"Urban Landscape Insects" is an
introduction to the 14 most common-
ly found orders of insects and
options for controlling pests such as
aphids, thrips, grub worms, chinch
bugs and red imported lire ants. The
course is set for 9 a.m. to noon May
19 and July 14.
Landscaping with Native
Plants" will center on trees, shrubs
and perennials indigenous to north
Texas. This course is six sessions
Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 to
9 p.m. July 9 to 25.
For more information call 972-
985-3711 or visit the Web site at
Library board members pleased with technology
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helps reading skills."
Library board member Judith
Lensch said research has shown that
Ihe highest achieving students come
from schools with good library cen-
"Learning how to use technology
to access information is also crucial
for succeeding in today's world," she
"However, a lot of families still do
not have a computer at home."
Lensch said approximately 44
percent of public libraries are con-
nected to the Internet, and about 11
percent of elementary schools and 21
percent of high school libraries are
"No parent is too poor to give his
or her child the key to technology - a
library card," she said.
"The board is most pleased that
the Sachse Public Library has updat-
ed its computer network to a new
City Councilman and Library
Liaison Jim Burnett said he is very
excited about the technology
upgrade because it gives people
another place to do research besides
"This was long overdue, and 1
can't wait until the council chambers
go wireless as well," Burnett said,
"This is another tribute our for-
ward-thinking librarian, Dolores
Greenwald, as she is always pushing
the envelope as far as technical serv-
ices our library can offer."
Greenwald said the library offers
five desktop computers for public
use, which are in high demand.
"Since the wireless network was
installed, we have seen an increase in
the number of students and Sachse
citizens visiting the library," she said.
"Now when I glance around the
library I see adult and college age
young adults using their laptops."
Greenwald said the wireless serv-
ice is free to all with a library card,
and the wireless service allows users
to complete long projects.
The library hours are: Monday -
Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday -
12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m.
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