At least two items on the agenda for the regular May meeting of the Glen Rose City Council on Monday could be of major interest to local residents.
Glen Rose City Administrator Michael Leamons said that during the May 13 meeting the City Council will once again discuss the possibility of appointing a person to fill the one open seat on the Council.
Also, a special City Council meeting is set for Friday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. to canvass returns from the May 4 election and declare the results. Also at that meeting, City Secretary Stephanie Ritchie will present certificates of election to newly elected officials and administer the Oath of Office to the two recently elected City Council members, Rhonda Hawthorne and Johnny Martin, along with Mayor Pam Miller. Miller had been appointed to fill the role of mayor in recent months after she was the lone candidate to file to have her name on the ballot, as were Hawthorne and Martin.
Robert Marquez resigned from his seat on the Council on March 18. During the April regular meeting, members in attendance — Julia Douglas, Chris Bryant, Johnny Martin and acting Mayor Dennis Moore — voted unanimously to leave that seat vacant for the time being.
Moore, a former Glen Rose mayor and longtime Council member, elected not to run for reelection. He has been serving as mayor pro tem.
Since then, Bryant had to be hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle, although he was released to go home later that day. That brought up up the possibility that any additional losses to the Council ranks might put the city in a bind if an urgent vote was needed but could not legally be done — if there were not enough members to have a quorum.
Concerning the other key topic that is to be on Monday’s City Council agenda, Leamons said he has learned that the city has the right to designate an official truck route through town. This could potentially alleviate some of the problems with heavy truck traffic that have plagued downtown Glen Rose in recent years.
Large transport trucks could be routed away from downtown on an alternate path through town on the way to and from U.S. Highway 67, Leamons explained. This topic will be discussed, and residents who attend the meeting will be able to speak at the podium if they fill in the signup sheet before the start of the 5:30 p.m. start.