At the meeting, Colleyville City Council entered into a lease agreement with the Chamber to lease office space in City Hall. Mayor Richard Newton said there are two offices available and an open seat at the receptionist desk, which at this time meets the Chamber's needs.
Newton said he believed it is important for the Chamber and the city to partner together.
"The Chamber's objective is to help the businesses in town and therefore the economic growth," Newton said. "The city has a key objective in that area too, so that’s the purpose of the Chamber; it’s in the city’s best interest to see the Chamber’s healthy and growing and has what it needs. That’s why I’m supportive of this."
The Chamber is selling its office space to free up the money in equity on the current Chamber of Commerce building, located off of SH 26, which the Chamber owns. Chamber officials said the money will be used to help hire a president for the Chamber. A buyer is interested in purchasing the Chamber office, and the sale should be complete by the end of the month.
Newton said this lease agreement is a temporary solution to help give the Chamber some time to plan what its next facility will be.
"In this time, I really think there is a bright future for the Chamber and the city, and we should do everything we can to try to partner with them to try to help them accomplish that future," Newton said.
Council Member Mike Taylor voted against the resolution, saying he did not agree with city offices housing third-party outside resources as a personal conviction.