The Glen Rose City Council on Monday voted unanimously to proceed with seeking bids for the possible sale of Oakdale Park.
City Manager Michael Leamons suggested to the council members that bids tentatively could be sought as early as April. Later in the week, however, a city staff member said that may change. Instead, it is now anticipated that a special meeting will be called to discuss more details before the bid process begins.
The time and date for that meeting to clarify more of the details has not been set.
The City Council voted 5-0 to approve the motion on the action.
In July, the City Council voted (5-0) to approve a proposition on the ballot in the Nov. 5 election on whether or not residents would approve the sale of the city-owned park. The voters did give their seal of approval in the election.
Oakdale Park opened in 1925. It features not only an RV park (120 spaces) and cabins, but also a popular public swimming pool as well as a meeting room, and a stage for musical performances — frequently in the bluegrass genre.
The Chili Appreciation Society’s International U.S. Open Chili Cook-off is scheduled to be staged at Oakdale Park on Feb. 8-9.
Michael Hamby of the Abilene accounting firm Merritt, McLane and Hamby attended the meeting to give his report on the city’s annual financial condition for the past fiscal year, and concluded with some good news after reeling off some details and figures.
“That is a clean, or unqualified, audit report, and that’s what you want to see,” Hamby stated at the podium. “The first thing you look at is liquidity.”
He told the council members that the Glen Rose liquidity ratio of 14-1 is “very, very strong. It looks very good.”
Hamby noted that expenses were approximately $370,000.
“That’s very positive also,” Hamby said. “The city is in an overall healthy condition.”
Not surprisingly, the City Council accepted the audit report by a 5-0 vote.
NEW ON BOARD
The Council also voted unanimously to fill open positions on both the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the Planning and Zoning Board.
Applicants approved for placement on the CVB Board by vote of the Council are Warren Lewis, Pamela Streeter and Terry Starnes. Asa Vermeulen was appointed as the alternate.
The new members appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board are Larry Wilson and Karen Richardson.