The Glen Rose City Council on Monday had a little good news for residents who use natural gas in their homes and businesses.

City Administrator Chester Nolen stated that Atmos had contacted him with notification of a reduced rate following its annual rate review process.

“I recommend approval by the city,” Nolen said to council members.

A resident named Jane Carroll came to the podium to ask for more clarification about what that meant.

Nolen explained that the lower rate being offered is only for natural gas customers of Atmos within the city of Glen Rose.

“Any time you get a rate decrease, it’s a win,” Nolen said before the council voted 5-0 to accept the rate decrease.

BRYAN STREET PROJECT

Chris Hay, project manager for the Bryan Street water pipe replacement project, told the council that the work is nearing completion for the replacement of one 6-inch water line and one 8-inch water line. The council voted 5-0 approved the motion to accept the final completion of the project, which will be followed by the approved street reconstruction and re-paving. Nolen said that the project could be completed within about two weeks.

A grant funded through the Texas Department of Agriculture is being sought, and a public hearing on the grant situation is set for April 19 at City Hall.

MORE FENCING DISCUSSION

The council revisited a topic that had been discussed last month.

Oakdale Park Manager Michael Leamons had asked the council to consider a fence project, possibly using money that had previously been allocated for repairs and upgrades to the swimming pool there. No action was taken at that time, but Leamons took the podium during Monday’s meeting to discuss considering either a 5-foot or a 6-foot tall fence to replace the existing chain-link fence that is on the front of the property, facing NE Barnard Street.

That project, if approved for the current budget year, would require re-allocating funds that originally had been set aside for the swimming pool improvements, but that project has been delayed, possibly until next year.

Leamons noted that 974 feet of the existing chain-link fence would be involved in the replacement project, if approved. It would be similar to the fence that surrounds the swimming pool at Oakdale Park, he noted.

Leamons said he got one informal rough estimate that a 6-foot tall fence of that length might cost about $51,000.

The council voted 4-1 to approve an amended motion to solicit bids on the potential fence project, and also 4-1 on the main motion to consider the fence project. Council member Dennis Moore cast the only “no” vote on those two motions.

SPECIAL PROCLAMATION

Mayor Sue Oldham read a proclamation recognizing Moore for his work on social media sites for the city on his own, declaring him as “Ambassador for the city of Glen Rose in full recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to public service for the Community. The proclamation also recognizes Moore for “promoting the city of Glen Rose everywhere he goes, along with his past service to the city as mayor, and currently serving as a member of the City Council.”