The Glen Rose City Council voted Monday to approve demolition of an unoccupied, dilapidated structure on Second Street.

Thomas Heap, building inspector for the city of Glen Rose Code Enforcement Department, described a wide array of problems found in the deteriorating structure, which is located at 201 Second Street between East Elm Street and Webster Street. Those problems included major cracks and crumbling in the structure.

“This is one that I believe needs to go,” Heap told the council, noting that water service at that the building has not had a city water connection since 2014.

The owner of the structure is reportedly residing in a nursing facility, Heap told the council. He noted that she has been notified by certified mail that the structure could be targeted for abatement by the city.

After hearing Heap’s presentation and seeing video slides showing the poor condition of the building’s interior, the council voted unanimously for approval of the motion to proceed with the structure’s abatement, which would mean demolition according to City Manager Chester Nolen.

However, Nolen said after the meeting that the owner could still be notified and allowed 30 days to act on her own, depending on the assessed value of the structure.

Also during Monday’s council meeting:

Michael Hamby, a CPA with the Abilene firm Merritt, McLane and Hamby, spoke to the council on his completion of the city’s audit for the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30 2017. Council member Sandra Ramsay praised the firm’s effort, saying it was the best city audit she has seen since taking office in 2011. The council voted, 5-0, to accept the audit.

The council voted to approve two grants, both by unanimous 5-0 votes.

The first, for $3,500, will go to the Somervell County Rodeo, which helps fund scholarships through the local FFA organization. This will be the second year for the rodeo, scheduled for March 39-31.

The other grant, for $6,500, will be presented to the Extreme Cowboy Association World Championship, Nov. 6-11. That event, which will be signing up for a three-year contract to come to Glen Rose at the Expo Center, has been held in Hamilton for the past three years. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Kelly Harris told the council that she expects the event to bring in at least 800 people for its six-day run.

Michael Leamons, manager of Oakdale Park, requested that the council reallocate money that originally had been budgeted for repairs and improvements to the park’s swimming pool.

That project was put on hold by previous vote of the council because the timing would have interfered with the upcoming seasonal opening of the pool.

Leamons on Monday proposed that the council vote to take bids on the cost of new fencing on the Northeast Barnard Street side of the park, with part of it to be decorative and part chain-link.

After several minutes of discussion, no agreement could be reached on a motion and no vote was taken on the fencing proposal.

The pool improvement and repair project is now targeted to take place next year, and new bids from contractors will be sought at that time.

With two openings on the city of Glen Rose Board of Adjustments — one for an unexpired term and one for a full two-year term — the council voted in new members of that group from the only two nominations.

Becky Pierce was voted to fill the unexpired term. Jane Carroll was voted into the full term on the board. Pierce had previous experience serving on the Glen Rose Board of Adjustments before moving away and eventually coming back to reside in the city again.

Council member Dennis Moore gave a good news report concerning the city’s tax revenues that have been recorded so far in 2018.

Moore had flash cards indicating that the city’s tax revenue for the current month is up by more than $15,000 over this month in 2017 — an increase of 22.80 percent. He then stated that he found that the city’s tax revenue for the year 2018 to date is up by more than $39,000 over this time last year — a 17.38 percent increase.

Nolen also gave a report that translates to good news for Glen Rose residents. He said he was informed by an official with Atmos Energy that the company is reducing its gas rates for customers in the Glen Rose city limits, although exact figures are not available.