EARLY — An Austin consulting firm will help the Early Economic Development Corp. determine its direction in fostering business growth.

Early City Council members approved Tuesday the EEDC’s decision to hire Angelou-Economics for $12,500 to do a feasibility study.

EEDC board president Gayland Gowdy told council members the consultant will analyze what used to be the Small Business Incubator Facility.

The study will enable the EEDC to determine whether the facility should resume incubation activities — working with start-up businesses to help them grow — or concentrate on recruiting new business to Early, Gowdy told council members.

The study will create “a starting point for economic development,” Gowdy said.

In other business, council members:

• Heard Fire Chief Travis Eoff report on Revenue Rescue as a possibility for City Council members to consider in the future.

Eoff said the Texas Legislature allows emergency services to bill insurance companies to recover some of the the costs of providing services including responding to structure fires and auto accidents.

Insurance companies, not individuals, are billed, Eoff said.

• Heard Mayor Bob Mangrum proclaim the May 1 through June 14 as National Military Appreciation Month.

• Elected councilman David Gray as mayor pro tem.

• Tabled a resolution to request financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board to fund a project to build a water line that would bring treated water from the Brown County Water Improvement District’s water treatment plant to Early.

• Approved a request to close West Industrial Drive on June 7 for the Heartland Rod Run.