A new face is set to join the Glen Rose city council next week when the recently elected officials take the oath of office.
On Monday, June 9, the three individuals elected by voters on May 10 to the council, including newcomer Barbara Mitchell and incumbents Dr. Rocky Terry and Ricky Villa, will take their seats alongside fellow councilors.
Peace Justice Dwain Griffin will administer the oath of office at Town Hall’s council chambers to the newly elected city leaders shortly after the opening of the regular monthly meeting. The current council will first approve the minutes from its previous meeting in May.
Prior to considering and taking action on this month’s agenda, the council will hold two public hearings, at which time citizens have the opportunity to speak, to review a request from Larry Smith to possibly approve the preliminary plat of part of Blocks 37 and 38 of the Milam County School Land Survey, Abstract No. 136, establishing commercial lots fronting and between Longhorn Drive and US Hwy. 67 East, to be known as Stoneview Phase I.
The public hearing will also include a request from Smith to replat part of Blocks 37 and 45 of the Milam County School Land Survey, Abstract No. 136, to re-establish and change existing lot lines in order to increase the number of commercial lots available, to be known as Stone Hollow Addition.
Citizens will have an additional opportunity at the beginning of Monday evening’s meeting to comment on any subject concerning city business that is not on the current agenda.
Following the public hearings and in regular session, the council will consider and possibly take action to approve Smith’s requests.
In other business, the council will discuss setting a timeline for items to be included on the monthly agenda. The proposal seeking approval by city staff is to set the deadline for 10 a.m. on the Thursday before the regular monthly meeting.
Councilors will also receive recommendations from the Preservation Board for ordinance changes to allow for revised tax incentives for Glen Rose’s Historic District.
The Board has approached the council during their last two meetings and has tabled the item to allow its directors to refine their proposal which would provide tax incentives for property owners within the Historic District to improve, rehabilitate and preserve the city’s historic structures.
Councilors will also consider and possibly approve a measure to adopt a policy whereby property owners may agree to be annexed into the city limits without having to pay city ad valorem taxes until their property is fully developed.
Following last month’s meeting and presentation by Texas Department of Transportation representative Marc McEndree regarding water run-off from US Hwy. 67, the council expects to hear an update from the state agency on corrections to the flooding problems experienced by residents in the Stadium Addition area.
In an effort to make the Big Rocks Park and Paluxy River a clean, safe public park, the council will consider and possibly OK an ordinance that would prohibit cast net fishing and spear fishing, including bow-and-arrow hunting and fishing, in the river and on or near the dam at the city park.
Other items included on next week’s council agenda, include:
• Review and possibly make changes to the ordinance requiring masonry exterior on all new construction within the city limits.
• Consider and possibly approve an ordinance prohibiting parking along either side of Northeast Barnard Street between 904 NE Barnard St. and the intersection of NE Barnard and McAllister Streets.
• Consider and possibly approve a rate increase for bulk water sales.
• Consider appointing a committee to study the feasibility of constructing a convention center using Hotel Occupancy Tax income.
• Consider and possibly approve inviting Terry Welch or a member of the Texas Municipal League’s legal staff to conduct a seminar on Planning & Zoning.
• Consider and possibly approve allowing employees who are not participating in employee group insurance, to apply the $700 allotted for each employee per month to deductibles on their private insurance plans.
• Receive and approval of the monthly Convention and Visitors’ Bureau report.
City council members may add additional items to the agenda in the coming days up until 72 hours prior to the time of the meeting.
This information and an updated agenda, if posted, may also be found online at the city of Glen Rose’s Web site, www.cityofglenrose.com.