The Greatest Show on Earth!

Do not miss Glen Rose's latest tourist attraction! Town council meetings!

Come to town, eat in one of our fine restaurants, then come to Town Hall to enjoy “Miller time.” If unable to attend on Monday night, a crowd will gather on weekends in downtown to view the dramatic and exciting movie of council proceedings.

Come early for a good seat.

The plot of the show features a heated discussion over whether the city should hire a city manager or administrator.

A fascinating feature of the movie has to do with a three-person panel selected by the council (or was it selected by the mayor or someone else?). This blue–ribbon panel is composed of three veteran city manager-types who probably have far more experience in city administration than the mayor.

A sub-plot describes whether a committee (or panel) was officially appointed by the council and subject to state law regarding open meetings.

The panel was in the process of selecting applicants and scheduling appointments for the position and making recommendations (or suggestions) to the council. For some unknown reason (read this as an excuse), some want to throw those responses out.

Another intriguing question is what has happened to the 50 applications for the job? Are  they are in the hands of one council member? Some want to start fresh considering someone local, perhaps even a present staff member. Others think the best qualified applicant should be hired.?The mayor and newly elected council members, who apparently have come up to speed very quickly, are “born again” budget worriers.

The film illustrates that the mayor was eager to spend a million dollars for Oakdale Park and who knows how much for renovation. Yet, if there is a coherent plan for renovation or operation of the park, it has not been disclosed to the taxpayers. A city manager (or administrator) would be helpful in the design and fiscal control of the project.

At the center of it all is the “Miller Time Show,” but no one seems to know whether the performance is required by law to be posted.

A highlight of the film is when the mayor uses her gavel and whip to tame the lions of progress. 

The show goes on much too long—stalling progress for what seems like an eternity.

Meanwhile, back on Main Street, our merchants are starving for business while we focus almost entirely on bringing in horse shows. Participants and spectators bring their own trailers, living quarters and food. We can’t really determine whether our merchants benefit or, how much sales tax revenue, is derived by the city.

The mayor seems to believe that only residents of the city, but not the county, have rights to speak to the council unless she says so. Only a short period of time is allowed which is made shorter by the mayor’s interruptions. Makes you wonder whether the mayor is aware that county residents own businesses in the city, support businesses in the city and pay taxes in the city.

Do the twists and turns of the movie convince you that leadership, organization, competence and forward thinking are important? Perhaps a city manager could bring some order from the chaos.

This movie reminds me of the old-time Western movies where one skinflint of a man controls the whole town. In those movies the hero comes to town and breaks the clutches of the old buddy system.

Perhaps this movie might end this way.

The opinions are mine only.

Charley Thomas

Glen Rose