Monday night’s lengthy City Council meeting that preceded the lengthy executive session addressed a multitude of issues.
The Council made changes to parts of the city’s Code of Conduct, Rules of Decorum and Parliamentary Procedures. A motion by City Council member Chris Bryant to allow residents up have up to three minutes to speak on agenda items during the monthly public meetings — rather than the previous 90 seconds established by Mayor Sue Oldenburg — was approved by a 5-0 vote.
The previous rule that speakers had to sign in before the start of each meeting was also changed. Now speakers may come to the podium to give their thoughts at the time individual agenda items are being discussed, and sign in at that time.
“I don’t want to silence the citizens on any thought,” Bryant stated during his argument for the changes. The motion also made it possible for the mayor to shorten the length of time per speaker to 90 seconds if 10 or more people in attendance indicate by a show of hands that they want to address the Council.
The Council discussed wording for an ordinance that put rules and potential fines in place for a projected mobile food court and were advised that there is “an extreme amount of interest in this.”
The vendors will comply with Texas food establishment regulations, and won’t be allowed to set up for business in Oakdale Park except during city events. The hours mobile food vendors will be allowed to serve food was set between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. The motion for that ordinance, along with amendments, both passed by a 5-0 vote.
Another 5-0 vote approved an ordinance to amend the Park Budget Fund for fiscal year 2017-2018 to cover the $51,000 cost for repairs to The Hangout and its air-conditioner at Oakdale Park, which sustained heavy damage when it was hit by a large falling oak tree.
The Council voted 5-0 to set times for the public to use the Citizen Convenience Station for bulk items they need to throw away, once the facility — near the water tower on Highway 56 — is open.
The Convenience Station will be open the last Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be no charge to residents of the city of Glen Rose. A current water bill will be required to show proof of Glen Rose residency.
The opening will not happen, however, until the required signs are in place at the site. That is expected to be in time for the final Saturday of June.
Also, Glen Rose residents can call City Hall ahead of time to make an appointment to bring bulk items to the station on Fridays, once the facility has opened.
The Council voted unanimously to approve three grant requests totaling $19,000 made by the Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A grant for $5,000 will go to the Chisholm Trail Communications production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” a national production of the story that will be staged on Oct. 5 in the Glen Rose High School auditorium.
A grant of $7,000 will go toward a Sept. 15 live performance of The Hit Men, also to be held in the GRHS auditorium.
The website for The Hit Men states that it is a group of five musicians and singers — “not a tribute act” — that toured and recorded with “some of the biggest names in the music business” including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Carly Simon, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Jim Croce, Frankie Valli and Tommy James.
The other CVB grant, for $7,000, will go to the Texas Bronc Riders Association for a three-day event at the Somervell County Expos Center, featuring the group’s championship finals as well as a chili cookoff.