The candidates who won positions in the race for the three expiring positions on the five-member Glen Rose City Council were sworn in with their oath of office on Monday by Mayor Sue Oldenburg.
None of the three is new to public service in Glen Rose, however.
Robert Marquez was the lone incumbent in the race for the at-large positions, now beginning his second term following first being elected in 2016.
The other two sworn in Monday were Chris Bryant, a former City Council member, and Julia Douglas, who has been serving as a member (and current chairperson) of the Glen Rose Planning and Zoning Commission since January 2017.
Douglas and Bryant joined Marquez in starting two-year terms, and they will serve on the council along with former Mayor Dennis Moore and first-term member Linda James.
“It’s really a different experience than anything I did before,” said Douglas, who resigned her post on the P&Z Commission because serving in both positions is not allowed.
She said that, usually, two or fewer people showed up for the most of the P&Z meetings, unlike the larger crowd on hand for Monday’s swearing-in ceremony.
“It wasn’t quite the same. It’s definitely different having a full house,” Douglas said. “Even though you watch from the outside looking in, you don’t really know what it’s like being in the seat.”
The other two council members whose terms expired were Doug Mitchell and Mayor Pro-Tem Sandra Ramsay, who did not run for re-election.
Douglas had the most votes (151), followed by Bryant (132) and Marquez (110). The other two who ran for places on the council were Cheryl Scheetz (73) and Laverne West (71).
After the new council was in place, one of the first tasks was to vote on a new mayor pro-tem, and it will be Moore. After being nominated by Bryant, Moore was selected by a 3-2 vote to replace Ramsay in that position for a one-year term. James nominated Marquez, but his name didn’t come up for a vote because Douglas, Bryant and Moore had already voted yes for Moore, who was nominated first.
On an item for consideration of a grant application for $9,717 from the Glen Rose Economic Development Corporation, Bryant questioned the amount and how it would be used for the city’s economic development.
“You are correct, (we) have not seen a request this size,” Marquez replied to Bryant’s open question.
Nemo resident Ann Carver, president of the Somervell County History Foundation (SCHF), said that the organization was requesting tables and chairs for the Barnard’s Mill, a local historical site site that is now being used as a site for multiple community events. Another representative of the SCHF joined Carver at the podium and noted that the venue will be used to host wedding receptions and other events that will promote more use of local hotels, restaurants and other businesses.
The council voted unanimously to approve the grant, 5-0.
The owner/operator of Rockin’ Hair Body & Soul hair salon in downtown Glen Rose addressed the council next, explaining her request for a grant. The proposed $8,000 grant was intended for hiring two employees for part-time positions, along with purchasing a tanning bed (for a minimum of $5,000), making an electrical upgrade ($1,500) and buying software ($500).
An amendment offered by Moore, to reduce the grant to $4,000, was approved by a 3-2 vote. The grant of $4,000 to Rockin’ Hair was then approved, by a 5-0 vote.
Two other grant requests — for $3,500 to Holland Racing for use during the local three-day Texas Time Trials cycling event, and $6,500 to Smokin’ Guns mounted shooters at the Expo Center — were approved by the council.
The council voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the purchase of a new fleet vehicle to be used by the city’s Public Works Department, for just over $23,000.