The Glen Rose City Council’s monthly meeting was short and sweet.
The council breezed through the light schedule of five items that were brought up for consideration Monday, and wrapped up the show in about 40 minutes.
The council voted unanimously to purchase two 2018 Chevrolet V8 fleet pickups from Classic Chevrolet.
The city’s Public Works Manager Jim Holder told the council that one of the trucks, which will be a 3/4-ton 2-wheel drive, was needed to replace an older one being used by Animal Control. It will be outfitted with the large animal transport box where the back truck bed would normally be, and the cost of that transfer will be $1,200. The price of that truck will be $24,699.
The second pickup will be for use by the Public Works Department. It will be a 1/2-ton Chevy 1500 with 4-wheel drive. The cost will be $24,928.
Also by a 5-0 vote, the council approved a motion to write off past due utility bills totaling $45,681.08. City Manager Chester Nolen told the council that he recommended the action. The money owed dates as far back as 2002, he said, and some of the accounts were for small amounts of money.
“Some of these accounts are like $6, $5, $40,” Nolen told the council.
The action does not mean that the money is no longer owed, Nolen said after the meeting, but simply enables the city to remove those inactive accounts from the active receivable accounts file.
“We do follow it up. We check to see if they are on the list,” Nolen said.
Nolen said one of the largest of the past due accounts was about $1,300, which came about as a result of a leak after that resident moved to another city with no forwarding address.
The council discussed options for adding street lights in the Heritage Estates subdivision, but no action was taken. A motion passed to have Holder check on pricing for new light posts, to be addressed at a future meeting.
The city’s rental agreement with Glen Rose Wrecker, LLC, on 2 acres of land in the H.M. Harber Survey on North Highway 56, for an additional 12 months was approved, also by a 5-0 vote.
Earlier in the meeting, the council unanimously awarded the city’s bank depository account to First Financial Bank for a period of five years. That was also by 5-0 vote.
Before the close of the meeting, council member Robert Marquez announced he is looking into two possible future proposals. One would be a Youth Advisory Commission and the other would be the certification of a Keep Glen Rose Beautiful chapter.
Nolen announced that the city is proceeding with the purchase of the Heritage Building downtown, from Somervell County, but a potential past tax discrepancy will have to be cleared up before it can be finalized.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12, starting at 5:30 p.m.