By a margin of 94-28 in Tuesday’s election, Glen Rose residents voted to allow the sale of Oakdale Park.
The voting included 70 who voted early and only 52 who cast ballots on Election Day.
After the voting is canvassed by City Secretary Stephanie Ritchie, the City Council will be able to vote on the potential sale of the Park.
They are now free to discuss matters such as an asking price and setting deed restrictions, along with announcing when bids will be taken — if they decide to do so.
At least two entities have already inquired through City Administrator Michael Leamons about the availability of the Oakdale Park property, Ritchie said.
Ritchie said there were only two ballots done by mail, and both have been received, which likely means there will be no glitches in the canvassing.
“We will do the canvassing as early as Friday or maybe Monday,” Ritchie said Wednesday. “We had no provisional voters.”
Ritchie expressed disappointment at the low voter turnout.
“We’ve been discussing the possible sale of Oakdale Park since last November,” Ritchie said. “We’ve had hearings and posted notices since July. And we had it on our website, so it’s disappointing there was such a small margin of people who voted. On top of that, we had early voting for 10 days, and three of those days were from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”
Ritchie noted that there are approximately 1,600 registered voters in the city, which has a population of about 2,500. She said that there were only 86 voters in the special election concerning the abolishment of the Economic Development Corporation held last May. There were 233 who voted in the City Council election that was held in May of 2018.
She said that those types of city elections have averaged between 215 and 250 voters in recent years. A recent high-water mark was in 2008, with 360 voting.
The City Council’s regular November meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. this Monday, Nov. 11, in the City Hall Council Chambers. There will be about 21 or 22 items on the agenda, Ritchie said.