The answer to the question posed in a 1982 No. 1 country hit song “What’s Forever For?” really isn’t what you may have thought after listening to the audio feed of the Glen Rose City Council’s meeting earlier this week.


The regular April meeting — closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions — began at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and wasn’t officially over until just after Tuesday evening. Fortunately, that wasn’t one continuous meeting — even if it seemed to be. The meeting went into recess shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday, and was reconvened at 5:30 on Tuesday.


Mayor Pam Miller mercifully declared the marathon to be over at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday.


The five City Council members painstakingly worked their way through the Glen Rose city employee handbook, examining multiple options for various categories.


Their effort was to update and makeover the handbook, hoping to provide clearer guidelines in the filing of grievances, overtime rules and paid time off, along with chain of command issues and work-related travel policies — among many other categories.


The Council voted to approve the personnel handbook changes by a 4-1 margin. Johnny Martin, Julia Douglas, Jack Johnson and Richard Vaughn voted yes to the revised handbook, while Chris Bryant cast the no vote.


When copies of the new handbook are available, they will be given to all of the city’s personnel.


BIG ROCKS STILL CLOSED


By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Council extended the emergency decision to temporarily close both Big Rocks Park and the children’s playground at Oakdale Park — both owned by the city — until at least midnight on April 30 due to the continuing effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The decision to open Big Rocks and Oakdale’s playground, or to extend the closures, will be considered as the situation dictates.


Miller told the Glen Rose Reporter that the decision was, in effect, a local extension of the COVID-19 disaster declaration previously announced by Gov. Greg Abbott.


“I think I expected that to be unanimous,” Miller said. “The city has to put the safety of everyone first.”


Miller said that the playground, at times recently had been attracting more than 10 children at a time — the limit Abbott had given in his disaster declaration for any gathering.


As for Big Rocks, the gate was locked and a no-entry sign posted after city officials noted that a significant number of people were calling from out of town asking if it was open.


Also on Tuesday, the Council voted unanimously to clarify the duties of the office of mayor.