Somervell County Water District (SCWD) general manager Kevin Taylor told the Glen Rose City Council that the district as well as Glen Rose will make a television debut as part of a PBS documentary titled “Texas: The state of flowing water.”
The special will air 8 p.m. Thursday night on KERA Channel 13.
The announcement came after Skip Newsom, attorney for SCWD, addressed the council about the pending water agreement between the district and the city.
While an agreement has not yet been reached, both parties took the opportunity to voice concerns and hash out any discrepancies.
Councilman Bob Stricklin was not satisfied with the 20-year length of the agreement, feeling it was too long.
Newsom said such agreements are typically longer, some extending as much as 40 years. In fact, 20 years is on the shorter side of the spectrum noting that the Comanche Peak Power Plant would help offset costs to consumers.
The length of the contract serves a dual purpose, Newsom said, providing a constant chain of supply and demand.
The contract also locks the city into a rate of $1.75 for the first two years of the term. After that, the rate could remain stable or change depending on conditions. But if council members were looking for a rate cap, Newsom did not have the answer they might have wanted.
“I don’t know what that cap would be,” he said.
The city would receive the lowest rates in the district, but if costs increase, the revenue would have to be generated somewhere since SCWD is a not-for-profit organization.
The agenda item was tabled until next month’s meeting.
Robin Gosdin and Corina Echols addressed the council during citizen comments about efforts to organize a farmer’s and artisan’s market in the county.
Both women felt the new organization would be detrimental to the established and historical farmer’s market on the square.
Gosdin said the organizer was not a Somervell resident and would use non-county producers. She asked the council to vote “no” if they were ever asked to provide support to the new market.
Teri Shannon organized the first meeting for the Glen Rose Farmers and Artisan Market in January. The second meeting was held Monday night.
“We’re hoping to get together farmers, artisans, gardeners and even youth that might be involved in 4-H,” Shannon said during an earlier interview. “Anybody who is being hurt by the economy can benefit from a farmer’s market.”
Shannon said she hopes to bring a service to the community with educational perspectives.
“We have the potential to educate about sustainable agriculture and more earth-friendly methods,” Shannon said.
As part of the market, she hopes to also conduct agriculture workshops so residents can learn to grow herbs and vegetables. She also wants to offer workshops about how to turn art into income.
“Farmer’s markets are an integral part of the community,” Shannon said. “More than 4,600 farmer’s markets were opened in the nation last year.”
No date is set for the first market yet, but Shannon hopes to get things off the ground in April.
“It’s going to be a fair-like atmosphere,” Shannon said.
Billy Huckaby, Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau director, also addressed the new farmer’s market during his CVB report to the council.
He urged the council to keep an open mind. Shannon does intend to involve county growers and producers and hopes to have the market certified through the Department of Agriculture.
The city also received their audit report at Monday’s meeting. The auditor reported that city finances were good overall and the city may potentially pay off bonds in the near future with excess reserve funds.
Huckaby reported that area hotels have seen a decrease in business.
“Our hotel/motel revenue was up the last quarter but properties were down, some substantially,” Huckaby said.
He said part of the drop could be attributed to the economy and corporate cutbacks. He also pointed out that more than 200 new hotel rooms were opened last year. He suggested considering a moratorium on new rooms in the future.
Huckaby also noted that now is historically a slow time of year for tourism and things should pick up as spring break gets closer.
Dinosaur World and Fossil Rim are still reporting growth in numbers.
Anyone who owes the Municipal Court fines may want to get their money in now,
The council approved a contract with SC Services and Associates to begin collecting past-due fines. The city has approximately $20,000 in outstanding fines.
By statute, collection agencies can take over cases once the account is 61 days past due. Offenders will not only be responsible for the fine, but for collection costs as well.