Nathan Beatty only resided in Glen Rose for a little over a year, but before long a reminder of his 10-1/2-month battle against cancer will soon be in place.
On Monday morning during their regular monthly meeting, members of the Somervell County Commissioners Court voted by unanimous 5-0 count to allow placement of a memorial bench at the Glen Rose Soccer Park on Texas Drive, behind the Somervell County Expo Center.
Nathan Beatty, age 8, last year had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that took his life on the July 4.
The family, which included father Clint, mother Tara and older brother Collin, moved to Glen Rose from El Paso last May.
That park is appropriate for Nathan because soccer was his favorite sport.
Clint Beatty said the family is getting quotes on the cost for a bench, which will have Nathan’s name. It will be located near a walking track, not far from the soccer park’s entrance, Clint said.
He said the family is hoping to have a “reveal” of the red bench at the site, tentatively on Aug. 27. That date would have marked Nathan’s ninth birthday. He noted that there was no public funeral service or other memorial scheduled.
“We are going to call it a celebration of life,” Clint told the Glen Rose Reporter. “Thanks to the county — a big thank-you to them. And it kinds of follows suit to the rest of the county. They have been very supportive, whatever we needed.”
None of the costs of purchasing or installing the bench will be the responsibility of the county.
Health care for inmates
The commissioners voted, 5-0, to approve a proposal to enter into a one-year contract to have Southern Health Partners.
Somervell County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dwayne Griffin said that the agreement should save the county money on emergency room visits. That’s because it will include a registered nurse at the jail 30 hours each week, and an RN will be on call at all times, Griffin explained. Also, a physician will visit the jail once every two weeks.
“This will knock out a lot of unnecessary hospital visits,” Griffin said.
The cost of the service is $98,000, which includes necessary off-site medical trips for a charge of $12,000. That figure could be reduced through refunding at the end of the year, depending on the number of hospital visits.
The jail also gained unanimous approval of an interlocal agreement with Falls County, for sharing some inmates, similar to the one already in place with other counties such as Hood.
Also by 5-0 count, commissioners voted approval of Ice Flooring Co. to replace old hallway tile and carpet in the County Annex Building, at a cost of $19,562.80.
The consensus during the meeting seemed to be that the existing carpet and tile in the hallways was approximately 13 to 15 years old.
Digital age is upon us
The commissioners voted — pending approval by the Glen Rose City Council for placement on the front of the Courthouse Annex Building — by a 5-0 count to purchase a weatherproof, digital sign that would be used to display results of local elections, primaries, runoffs and other agendas. If the city approves the installation according to its regulations, the cost will be approximately $7,500.
The cowboy way
In other action by commissioners Monday, a unanimous vote gave approval to stage the annual National Day of the Cowboy around the downtown square in Glen Rose on July 22.
Kelly Harris, director of the Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau, made a presentation that included descriptions of the event.
Harris told the commissioners that the event will include gunfighters replicating old West shootouts, the Texas Smokin’ Guns Mounted Shooters, native Americans featured with a teepee, a chuck wagon, horse clubs and gun safety presentations.