It's official. Oakdale Park now has a consultant and designer to bring the park's concept to life.

The Glen Rose city council authorized Billy Huckaby to hire a designer for the park at the expense of $10,000. Huckaby told council members that the individual would have a preliminary design scheme by Feb. 1 and a final design by March 1.

"This was by far the least expensive (designer)," Huckaby said. "We didn't have anyone else that matched his credentials."

Council member Bob Stricklin felt it was a good choice for the city.

"It's a reasonable fee and he has pretty good credentials," Stricklin said.

The motion was approved unanimously. The funding for the designer will come from the 4-B Economic Development Corporation.

The council also approved several items in regards to May's elections.

Members unanimously called a city election for May 8, which will fill three two-year term positions currently held by Barbara Mitchell, Rocky Terry and Ricky Villa.

A resolution approving an agreement for a joint election on May 9 between the city of Glen Rose and the Glen Rose Independent School District was also unanimously approved. The council selected a Tuesday and Thursday as days during the early voting period for Town Hall to stay open for 12 hours.

After several months of working together, the council authorized Sefko and Associates to produce an overlay for highways 67 and 144. A finished product is expected by May, Daniel Sefko said.

The council also chose March 13 as the date of the ribbon cutting for the Riverwalk. A time for the event will be scheduled at a later date.