OEDC talks finances, new business

Overton Economic Development Corp. board members reviewed finances and welcomed a new business to town during their regular monthly meeting at the OvertonNew London Area Chamber of Commerce.

Board president Matt Hodges informed members the Overton EDC currently has funds exceeding $900,000 divided between Citizens National and First State Bank of Overton.

“That breaks down as $605,014 in First State Bank and $318,431 in Citizens National Bank as of June 24,” he added.

Hodges also introduced Steven Hazaimeh, manager of Milano’s Pizza.

“They’re currently preparing for a grand opening in Overton at a time and day to be determined,” he said. “It’s my understanding that they’re going to deliver, which should help their business do well in the Overton area, and we wish them success.”

Hazaimeh told board members the company has locations in Seven Points, Wills Point, and Van. He first considered opening a restaurant one time when he was passing through town.

“I was driving, on my way to somewhere else, when I noticed that there were not many restaurants here,” he said. “I thought a town this size could definitely have more choices than are currently here.”

Hazaimeh and his uncle had purchased their current building, formerly “The Green Melon,” and was looking forward to expanding the facility.

“We would like, at some point in the future, to expand and have an outdoor dining area,” he said. “We really like this community and look forward to having a successful business here.”

One issue in particular, Hazaimeh added, was the curb leading up to the restaurant’s front door.

“We are looking at installing stepps or lowering the curb,” he added.

Hodges and Overton mayor C.R. “Coach” Evans, who was in attendance as a guest, said it was a matter best brought before city officials first, and possibly Texas Department of Transportation — as Commerce Street is a TxDOT maintained roadway.

“But once those avenues have been pursued, we certainly would not be averse to seeing if or how we could play a part in that,” Hodges said. “Whether that’s EDC funds or the Overton Municipal Development District, we’re always glad to support local businesses however we can.”

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