Powell's Community Investment Corporation board members said they oppose outsourcing of the city's development staff.

Powell's Community Investment Corporation board members said they oppose outsourcing of the city's development staff.

At the board's Feb. 22 meeting, members Brad Sprague, Richard Brahm and Jim Hrivnak, who also is a city council member, approved sending a recommendation to city council that "the development department remain intact" because it is "crucial" to Powell's "economic competitiveness" and "moving forward" and that they are "opposed to any efforts to contract the function out to either another government entity or private contractor."

Sprague recommended that the board, if in agreement, "weigh in on the issue" to city council.

The motion was prompted by city council member Sara Marie Brenner's Feb. 8 presentation that provided ideas for outsourcing city services as a possible way to save money that could be used for capital improvements, such as roads, sewers and side walks.

Brenner, who also sits on the CIC board, was not present at the meeting.

Development director Dave Betz who sits on the board, abstained from voting and did not add to the discussion.