GLEN ROSE - It has been determined that Atmos Energy will continue to provide natural gas services to the City of Glen Rose.
At Monday night's regular city council meeting, council members had to decide if they would enter into a new franchise agreement with the gas company. The previous contract, which was a 20-year agreement, was set to expire soon.
Prior to the vote, City Administrator Chester Nolen recommended that the city only agree to a 10-year term at a 5-percent-franchise fee - currently the fee is 3 percent - due to the volatile nature of the gas market. After hearing the recommendations, council members voted 4-0 to enter into a new agreement with Atmos under the terms recommended by Nolen.
During the meeting, council members were approached by Chisholm Trail 100 about becoming individual members of the organization.
Located out of Johnson County, the non-profit organization provides financial support to law enforcement personnel. According to CT 100 director, Mike Peacock the the group currently provides a $50,000 death benefit to the families of any law enforcement official killed in the line of duty.
CT 100 is looking to expand into Somervell County and is raising funds in order to cover the cost of providing insurance to the first responders of Somervell County. No action was necessary on this matter, since it was only a presentation of the group’s mission.
Also at the meeting, GRHS family and consumer science teacher, Jill Lawson and FCCLA Region II president, Bari Douglas were presented with a proclamation from Mayor Sam Moody which declared Feb. 7-13 "FCCLA Week" in the City. The proclamation urged all citizens to become familiar with activities and values of FCCLA.
The council also unanimously voted to name the Reporter as the official paper of Glen Rose. Each year the city is required to designate an official newspaper, in which they publish any public notices or official city business.
The following agenda items were also approved:
The proposed re-plat of three lots located in Tuscan Village. The builder needs to change the dimensions on the lots, because a buyer is requesting a bigger lot size. The amendment of the City of Glen Rose personnel policy to allow dental and vision insurance for employees be included in $700-per-month plan. Authorized the city administrator to enter into a finance agreement with the Texas Water Development Board. This is the next step the city needs to complete in order to receive the approved grant and loan from TWDB. Approved a new encroachment agreement for the new owners of Gabe’s located at 101 Austin Rd.