Mayor Jean King and council members Dennis Moore, Sandra Ramsay and Bob Stricklin were sworn in on Friday after last Saturday's election swept them to victory.
City Secretary Peggy Busch administered the oath of office. Moore and Stricklin, an incumbent, were elected to two-year terms and Ramsay will fill the remaining year of former council member Barbara Mitchell's term. She defeated appointee Tom Osborn. Incumbent Chris Bryant was not re-elected to the council. King won over opponent Lila Carter.
The new council immediately had business on the table. Mayor King read a proclamation designation May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month."
Then the council adopted an ordinance allowing it to transfer $63,693 from the city's certificates of obligation to Oakdale Park for toppin the roads with asphalt and paying two county employees for the road work. The council also transferred $250,000 from the city's general fund to Oakdale Park to cover operating expenses.
Gary Ivy, Oakdale Park manager, explained that the budget schedule for the park spends most of its money in the first six months and then generates most of the income in the second six months of the year.
Busch called it an "inter-fund budget transfer because we knew when we bought Oakdale Park it could not sustain itself."
So far this year, however, Oakdale has brought in $70,000, Ivy said, and expects to make its projected revenue for the year.
In other business, the council held a workshop to hear about progress on the city's expected change from ground water to surface water as it begins buying water from the Wheeler Branch Reservoir built by the Somervell County Water District.
City auditor Cliff May told the council that it will have to raise water rates by an additional $1.28 to $2.10 per 1,000 gallons of usage. If someone used 4,000 gallons per month, for example, that person's bill would increase by about $8 a month.
As the city switches from using wells to adding surface water, "you're going to have to raise your rates considerably," May said.
On average, the city likely will pay to buy more water than is used. The final rate will be determined by how much savings will be generated to the city's utility fund by swtiching to surface water.
Kevin Taylor, the water district's general manager, told the council he expects the water will be available by Sept. 1.
The wells that have been used will not be capped or closed, but will be maintained as a backup system.
In response to a question about the quality of the water and whether it will be hard or soft, Larry Fleming, the water district's director of public works, said there should be no major changes in water quality.
The membrane system being used by the district's new water treatment plant employs a process similar to reverse osmosis, Fleming said.
"It's not going to be that different from the water you have now," he said.
The district's water treatment plant was built to handle 1 million gallons per day. In the summer the city sometimes uses 900,000 gallons, Busch said
The city's largest commercial user of water is the Glen Rose Independent School District, Busch said after the meeting in response to a question.