Big Spring EDC Questions Director's Expenditures 12/9/13
December 9th, 2013
Big Spring, Tx
The Big Spring Economic Development Corporation continues to be riddled with controversy. In tonightís meeting, board members called into question various purchases made by the board's director, including his cell phone bill.
CBS 7 obtained a copy of a phone bill. The phone bill is for 238 dollars, which may seem minimal for the EDC and itís multi-million dollar budget, but many board members took issue with the fact that the EDC was paying for not just one, but two cell phones. One was for the director, Terry Wegman and one other, for his wife.
Vice President Nati Saldivar and others said paying for two phones was unacceptable as it used EDC funds for private use.
Wegman said the two phones were included in the account because it saved money, as his wife works for the Conventions and Visitors Bureau for the city. He says his wife reimburses her portion of the bill.
"There is a gray area that I don't understand," said President Don Avant.
Other board members called the meeting a witch-hunt and nitpicking. Avant disagrees, claiming a meeting had to be called to address concerns.
"We wanted it private, but Terry wanted it public and you can see there wasn't anything major," he said.
The board also questioned other expenses while looking over various receipts, including spending 1,100 dollars on coffee.
That prompted many in the audience to interrupt the meeting, including accountants who said those expenses aren't a problem.
After much bickering, Wegman said he would cancel his mobile plan and find a new one with only one phone. The board also called for Wegman to draft rules and procedures for the EDC, a required task in his contract that has not been fulfilled.
For the second consecutive meeting, Wegman refused to talk on camera. Throughout the meeting Wegman and members of the public vehemently defended his character and decisions.