GLEN ROSE – Glen Rose City Council held its regular monthly meeting for May at the Glen Rose City Hall Council Chambers on Monday. In addition to the meeting being the last for outgoing council members Chris Bryant, who did not seek reelection, and Johnny Martin, who missed reelection by 14 votes, the council passed a handful of agenda items.
The first item under presentations and proclamations was a presentation by Celeste Schmidt for the upcoming Texas Heroes Remembered event. The event will be held May 20 at Heritage Park in Glen Rose from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Schmidt shared that the event will include demonstrations and exhibits, Glen Rose heroes and live animals. Re-enactors will also play historic Texas and Local figures, according to Schmidt.
Glen Rose Mayor Sam Moody declared May 2016 as Mental Health Awareness month in Glen Rose. Moody encourages Glen Rose citizens to become educated about mental health awareness. Citizen Hank Jones accepted Moody’s proclamation on behalf of Pecan Valley Centers.
In keeping with the nationally recognized month, Moody also proclaimed May 2016 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. This proclamation by Moody encourages all citizens to be aware of motorcycles on the streets and on the highways and motorcyclists from multiple motorcycle clubs came to accept the award.
There were no items under public hearings to be discussed at this meeting.
Discussion and action for the four new Preservation Board members was the first item of new business.
Glen Rose Councilwoman Sandra Ramsey nominated Citizen Tom Osborn to become one of the new board members. Councilman Dennis Moore then nominated citizen Joyce Selby. Both nominations passed in a unanimous vote 4-0
Glen Rose newcomer, Linda Peacock, expressed interest in becoming a part of the board and won in a 4-0 after being nominated by councilman Chris Bryant.
“I would like to welcome a newcomer, Linda Peacock. Her interest shows a lot of enthusiasm for Glen Rose,” Bryant said.
Councilman Mike Jones nominated citizen Cynthia Kincaid as the last of the new board members, which passed in a 3-1 vote.
Discussion about Ordinance no. 583, enforcing a five mile-an-hour speed limit within the boundaries of Oakdale Park, was opened. Moody shared that the Glen Rose Police Chief Buck Martin is now authorized to issue a traffic citation for speeding.
Martin is also authorized to issue a criminal trespassing citation if the action persists and the trespassers will be banned from Oakdale Park. Police can issue a Class-C Misdemeanor if the driver is caught in act of speeding.
Councilman Moore carried the motion, which passed 4-0 in favor of the new five-mile-an-hour speed limit.
The third item of business under individual items for consideration regarded the Glen Rose Garden Club’s request for new Christmas decorations and lights for the Elm Street Bridge over the Paluxy River. Garden Club member, Amy Mindell, represented and presented the proposal.
“We are willing to do the work if the City will pay for the decorations, storage and temporary electricity on both sides of the bridge,” Mindell said.
Concern from Councilman Bryant about vandals taking the decorations and throwing them into the Paluxy was expressed, but support from the entire council was also expressed nonetheless.
“I am excited about this project,” Ramsey said.
Moody stated that the funds are available for this project and the proposal for new Christmas decorations passed 4-0.
The staff reports included:
Public Works Manager Report, Jim Holder announced a citywide clean up May 21. The meeting place for the clean up will be on Commerce Street and the event will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Donations of electronics for recycling will be accepted for free with the exception of appliances with Freon and televisions, which will require a fee. Staff members will be there to help citizens unload electronics.
To conclude, Moody commented City Secretary Christy Badilla for the conduct of Saturday night’s elections.
“Christy, there is a lot that goes in to it. You did an outstanding and wonderful job,” Moody said.
Editor’s note: The Reporter also thanks Christy Badilla for her work during the Glen Rose City Council elections.