Karen Richardson with the Historical Preservation Board addressed the Glen Rose City Council about a rather urgent matter regarding a previously approved tax credit for property owners in the historical district.

Previously approved by the council, the ordinance exempts designated property owners from city taxes beginning with the 2009 tax year. A problem was discovered in the verbiage of the order and changes needed to be made before the end of the year if the ordinance was to go into effect.

If the council were not able to get the needed changes completed by Jan. 1, 2009, property owners would have to wait another year before they could claim exemption.

A special meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 to discuss the changes, giving property owners until noon Dec. 17 to fill out and return the City of Glen Rose Historical Landmark Designation form. Then, a Historic and Archaeological Exemption form must be on file with the Central Appraisal District (CAD) by April 1, 2009.

“There’s a lot of responsibility with being in the district,” Richardson said in an interview. “There’s a higher standard.”

Under the ordinance, qualifying properties can claim exemption up to five years if they are in compliance with city codes. However, property owners must file a request for the exemption every year.

A letter sent by the preservation states that all properties in the district are subject to a higher level of maintenance, whether or not the property is designated as a landmark.

“City code requires owners to diligently prevent any deterioration of any structure or architectural feature such as deterioration of walls, roof, chimney, crumbling mortar, etc,” the letter said.

Other business covered at the council meeting included:

• Council member Bob Stricklin raised concern with the recent economic downturn and suggested a moratorium on spending, stating “We’re in good financial standing right now. I’d like to keep us in good standing.”

• Ken Prikryl informed the council that the engineer has released the final cost estimate for completion of the Riverwalk, which will be around $550,000. The estimate does not include moving or restoring the bridge from Bosque County.

• Ronald Bruce said he has been in contact with Marc McEndry of TXDoT, who informed him that the final draft of the report has not been received. He said the report has been sent to TXDoT. Mayor Miller suggested that if a report is not received soon, city attorney Andy Lucas should write them a letter demanding a copy.