Incumbent Barbara Mitchell was re-elected and former mayor Johnny Martin and council newcomer Carol Sue Oldenburg won seats on the Glen Rose City Council in Saturday’s election.
Voters also overwhelming passed the $19.995 million bond election to build a new 2,000-seat arena and make other improvements to the Glen Rose Independent School District.
City council votes were canvassed Tuesday morning. The results were: Dianne Gruber, 44; Martin, 87; Mitchell, 82; Oldenburg, 67; Ken Prikryl, 52; and incumbent Rocky Terry, 60.
Mayor Pam Miller swore in the new council members Tuesday at Town Hall.
The three seats were up for election because Mitchell’s and Terry’s council terms were expiring and Councilman Ricky Villa decided not to run again.
Martin, who had name recognition on his side and did little campaigning or advertising, relied on his experience on the city council and on the planning and zoning and preservation boards. He currently is a member of the board for the Somervell County Historical Commission.
Mitchell owns the His & Hers Salon downtown. She has served on the committee that came with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, is a member of the downtown association, the Chamber of Commerce and contributes to the local food bank. She also serves on the panel that is evaluating applications for the proposed new position of city administrator.
Oldenburg serves on the 4-B Tax Advisory Board and on the executive committee of the Somervell Council on Aging. In her campaign she stressed that a retired senior citizen was needed on the council to bring the perspective of someone who lives on a fixed income.
“I think he did a super job,” Oldenburg said of Terry. “I’m thrilled to death, naturally, and I look forward to talking to people and seeing what they think about things” going on with the city.
Terry and Villa received certificates of appreciation from the council at the regular Monday meeting.
In the school bond election, 401 voters cast ballots for the issue of new bonds and 180 voted against it. The bonds will be used to finance the new arena, transform the existing gym into a new band hall, expand the ag barn facilities and upgrade technology throughout the district.
GRISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan said he appreciated the community’s support for the projects.
“Voters approved the projects by a 70 percent margin,” he said. “They will impact a lot of students for a lot of years. It’s all very exciting.”
Now that the bond issue has passed, the first priority will be to go through the schematic design phase for the facilities, then the procedure method and go out for bids. Rotan said he expected to district would go out for bids on the arena in late September or early October.
“We hope to break ground in November,” he said. The arena’s completion date is expected to be May 2012, he added.
The converted band hall project is expected to be finished by December 2012.
The ag barn expansion will be the least complex project and likely will be finished by next September, Rotan said.
GRISD board of trustee members will canvass the election votes at their meeting next Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Somervell County voters also overwhelmingly chose Brian Birdwell in the Republican race to fill the remainder of Kip Averitt’s term for State Senate District 22. Gov. Rick Perry called the special election when Averitt resigned earlier this year for health reasons.
In the county Birdwell won 184 votes, followed by former state senator David Sibley with 60 votes, Gayle R. Avant with 36 votes and Darren Yancey with 23 votes.
Districtwide, Sibley received 45 percent of the total vote, while Birdwell garnered 36 percent. The runoff election date will be set by Gov. Perry.