The Glen Rose City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to create a new position — finance director.
In previous meetings, the council had discussed the lower-cost possibility of getting a financial assistant, who would help the city secretary. But after an executive session Monday, the council voted unanimously (5-0) to authorize hiring a finance director.
Council member Mike Jones told the Glen Rose Reporter that as a result, the city will be getting its “financial house a little more in order.”
Jones explained that “accounting principles and demands are more intense, between bonds and grants. There is a lot of paperwork to get those things ready.”
City Secretary Christy Bradshaw has had all of those responsibilities and more, but the need for help has been growing, according to Jones. One factor was that the city switched to a different accounting program more than a year ago, and the transition has been difficult.
“There is a huge learning curve,” Jones noted, adding that the search for the finance director will commence “pretty fast.”
“As soon as (the job) gets posted, we will take applications and the job will be open 30 days,” Jones said. “I expect we will have somebody on board within 60 days.”
Mayor Sam Moody said the 60-day estimate Jones mentioned would likely be the best case scenario, and could take longer depending on the number of applicants. The salary will range between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on prior experience and other factors, according to Moody.
The finance director is accountable to City Administrator Chester Nolen, while the city secretary answers directly to the city council.
In other action Monday, the council unanimously approved ordinance resolutions for six HUD regulations. They are required in order to proceed toward receiving a $275,000 community development block grant. Once that money is available, it will be used for the Bryan Street water line project.
“It’s been working its way up the list of priorities,” Moody said, noting that the grant will be helpful to replace aging water lines in that area.
The council voted 5-0 to approve two new members to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board, and both have businesses on the downtown square. They are Sam Iwasaki, owner of Tiger Claw Tactical, and Rhonda Hawthorne, owner of Miss Dixie’s Cottage.
Council member Robert Marquez was named, by 4-0 vote (with Marquez abstaining), to one of the three positions on the Economic Development Committee board.
By 5-0 vote, the council passed a motion to approve $1,200 to Tumbleweed Lane, a business that opened in May on the downtown square. The motion stipulates that the money be used for employment only.
Also Monday, Nolen reported to the council that the extensive dirt excavation next to a home on East Elm Street — made necessary because of an Oct. 6 fuel spill — has been completed. However, a different company will be filling in the substantial hole with topsoil, and that process has not begun.
Nolen mentioned that although several resumes for the job opening of Oakdale Park manager have been received, but noted that so far only three were close to meeting the objective for the position.
During the citizen comments portion of the meeting, Be Festival organizer Drew Myers told Council members that expenses for the three-day November event surpassed a $7,500 grant from the city. He said he is asking to apply for additional funds, based on preliminary discussions that occurred in September about the festival’s expenses.
The council scheduled a special workshop for Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The workshop is regarding a new chapter in the Glen Rose Code of Ordinances Chapter 158, titled Historic Landmark Preservation Ordinance.