The mayor has rolled back the date of a planned proposal to merge the city's economic development service with an private service.

Brent Brassfield said his proposal is nearly ready, but a number of factors have delayed the creation of a PowerPoint presentation.

A family death and final exams kept some of Brassfield's employees from work this week, forcing the mayor to set his priorities on his family-owned fitness center, he said.

Jill Fitzgibben, assistant to the Miami City manager, was set to create the digital presentation, according to Brassfield. She was also out of the office for a portion of the week.

Brassfield said he will present his plan at the May 21 meeting.

“I think it may be a more appropriate time, because the exchange of council seats will be complete, Brassfield said.

The May 7 meeting will include the swearing in of Rudy Shultz, the newest city council member.

The meeting will also include formal farewell to Kent Ketcher who will relinquish his seat to Shultz.

Brassfield said his announcement to propose the merger has created a large amount of interest among the community and he is quizzed daily on the plan - but, he is keeping it under wraps for two more weeks.

The mayor first mentioned his planned proposal at the April 16 meeting of the Miami City Council.

At that time, he said “I plan to bring a plan, (with) no pride of authorship with this, about the potential first step to examine this city going to one economic development entity.

Brassfield's comments regard the possible uniting of the the city's economic development department with the Miami Area Economic Development Service.

MAEDS is a private service that has worked for more than 20 years to build economic development in the Miami area - focusing primarily on the manufacturing sector.

Two years ago, the city launched its own economic development department, hired a director and announced that its efforts would be more broad-based as it would seek out commercial and retail development.