After approving the creation of the St. Joseph Land Bank earlier this week, city officials now are looking into the members who will make up the group.
The seven-member land bank will include five people nominated by Mayor Bill McMurray and approved by the City Council, one selected by Buchanan County officials and one selected by the St. Joseph School District.
McMurray has nominated five people who have worked with local properties or are involved in local businesses:
Tara Horn — County auditor and Realtor
Frank Leone — Realtor
James Robinson — Chairman of the Board for Nodaway Valley Bank
Steve Briggs — Attorney
David Bradley — CEO of News-Press and Gazette Co.
County officials have nominated Terry McClatchey, and the school district selected its CFO, Gabe Edgar.
McMurray said his choices were taken from a list of 30 to 40 local people who were interested in serving.
“(They were chosen) because of their business experience and also because of their various backgrounds in different disciplines that would relate to operating a land bank,” McMurray said. “These are all people that have a lot of business experience in this area”
After the council meeting on Monday, McMurray said that some of the people who were not chosen to serve the land bank will be placed on an advisory committee that will work with the group and the council.
“We’re going to have the land bank, it’s going to be a separate political subdivision, a separate entity, but then we’re also going to have a committee appointed to advise the land bank, to advise the council,” McMurray said. “Some of the people who were so interested in it, we’ll select some of those to be on the advisory committee so they can at least have a part in it.”
That committee will be made up of nine members, each nominated by a council member.
The council is scheduled to vote on the five nominations to the land bank at its Monday, Aug. 26, meeting.
The land bank cannot officially go into effect until Wednesday, Aug. 28, due to state law.