This time, they got it right — they believe.
The Glen Rose City Council ironed out its relatively new fireworks ordinance at Monday’s meeting, with input from the city attorney and the county’s fire chief.
City Attorney Brady Pendleton provided the wording for adjustments to the existing ordinance.
Mark Crawford, fire chief of the Somervell County Fire Department, addressed the council and offered his take on the wording, which council member Dennis Moore objected to on constitutional grounds. Moore said he felt that the mere “possession” of fireworks within the city should not be banned.
Crawford stated that the wording needed to balance the “spirit of the law versus the letter of the law." He gave his opinion, that the ordinance needed to have “a little more teeth to it, to allow it to be enforceable.”
Moore responded, “I’m just uncomfortable about the possession thing, and making fireworks contraband.”
Crawford noted that before the existing ordinance was approved last month — the week after the Fourth of July — Glen Rose had nothing in writing banning fireworks, except from the city parks.
Crawford agreed with the change to the ordinance, which now spells out the condition that possession “with intent to discharge” is now enforceable by officers, including the fire marshal.
On Wednesday morning, Glen Rose Police Chief Buck Martin said he agreed with Crawford’s input, and noted that officers already use discretion and common sense in almost all areas of the law.
“I think so. (We’ve) got to have that possession with intent,” Martin said. “An officer is going to use his discretion. I think (the wording) turned out good. This will give us some teeth to enforce it.”
Moore was the lone “no” vote, but the ordinance was approved by a 4-1 margin.
Also on Monday the council voted, 5-0, to schedule two public meetings on the topic of the proposed budget. The public meetings were set for Monday, Aug. 28, and Thursday, Aug. 31, both starting at 3:30 p.m.
In other business:
The council voted, 4-0, with a recommendation from the Glen Rose Planning and Zoning Commission, to rezone a one-acre tract of land on Hereford Street from B-1 (Restricted Commercial Zone) to R-1 (Single-family Residential Zone). The request was from council member Linda James and her husband. James was not part of the discussion or vote, leaving the room during that segment of the meeting. A request from Squaw Creek Investments for approval of a short form plat (4.81 acres) at 200 W. Gibbs Blvd. was approved by a 5-0 vote. This is for the future location of a Tractor Supply retail store, which developers first sought at a location on U.S. Highway 67. Glen Rose Cody Inspector Thomas Heap said that a drainage study was done, noting that they had been “very cautious” because “rain drainage there has been a problem.” Heep then concluded, “We’re recommending approval of this.” City Administrator Chester Nolen recommended approval of the city’s budget audit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The council members then voted to approve the audit, 5-0. In the next item on the agenda, commissioners also voted unanimously to select Merritt, McLane & Hamby, P.C., to perform the audit for the 2016-2017 fiscal year’s budget. The council members voted 5-0 to approve $6,000 for the CareFlite Paluxy Pedal bicycle ride event, which will be Oct. 7 in Glen Rose. Proceeds from the Paluxy Pedal, will benefit the LDL Educational Resources Foundation, which supports education, health and environmental projects for people in Somervell and adjacent counties. Mayor Sue Oldenburg read a proclamation declaring September as Hunger Action Month in Glen Rose. Charles Boswell, director of the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serves approximately 53,000 people in 13 North Texas counties, was at the podium with Oldenburg.