Harrison returns to Evermore CID board

One of the founders of the Evermore Community Improvement District is returning to its board three years after controversy caused him to leave.

Dwight Harrison was elected Wednesday by property owners along U.S. Highway 78 corridor to the quasi-governmental organization, which taxes property owners to fund improvements.

Harrison, the former owner of a Volkswagen dealership along the corridor, was one of several business leaders who helped sign owners up for the self-taxing district more than a decade ago.

In 2010, a stalemate among board members lead to the expiration of the contract with Executive Director Jim Brooks, who was rehired by the board a year later. For months, several board members did not attend meetings, causing a lack of quorum. The stalemate ended with the death of co-founder Forrest Adair, but the controversies continued, with many of the board members, including Harrison, agreeing in 2011 to resign to allow the group to move forward.

“Even though I was gone for a period as a board member, never did I quit having a concern for the corridor,” said Harrison, who continues to own property along U.S. 78. “I have missed being on the CID and I’m glad to be back.”

Harrison’s son Ron replaced him on the board, and he remains there. In fact, Ron Harrison was elected Wednesday as the group’s vice chairman, with Chris Garner retaining his post as chairman.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, the group recognized Dwight Harrison and Kenny King as “founding fathers” to the CID with a formal resolution recognizing their dedication to the community.

At the election, Brad Williams was re-elected to his board post.