Mayor Jean King nominated Glen Rose City Council member Bob Stricklin to become the next mayor pro tem and the council unanimously approved his appointment Monday evening.
“Congratulations, Bob,” King commented. “I say that with a smile.”
It was also a night for appointing members to city boards.
King noted that many people applied to become members of the Glen Rose Economic Development Corp., formerly known as the 4-B Tax Board, which uses a portion of city sales tax money for economic development purposes as allowed by Texas law.
“I thought everyone who applied is excellent,” King said.
In the interest of time, however, she suggested that council members nominate their chosen candidate.
Two council members who serve on the GREDC, Sue Oldenburg and Sandra Ramsay, recused themselves and left the council chambers while the nominations were discussed.
Johnny Martin nominated Danny Chambers, owner of the Chambers RV and cabin sites; Dennis Moore nominated City Secretary Peggy Busch; Martin nominated Oldenburg for another term; and Stricklin nominated business owner Jimmy Gosdin. All were approved by the council.
They will take their positions at the GREDC at the annual meeting, to be held July 5 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.
Darrell Best, outgoing GREDC chairman, gave the council a progress report on the board’s projects so far.
A pedestrian bridge over the Paluxy River at Walnut Street to connect downtown with the Riverwalk and Paluxy Heritage Park is moving forward after awarding a $9,000 contract to KSA for a feasability study, Best told the council.
Also, the GREDC has contributed $32,000 to Barnard’s Mill for project including the construction of a ramp compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to allow disabled persons access to the mill annex where special exhibitions and programs are held.
The funds had a multiplier effect of $94,000, Best noted, because the Somervell History Foundation was able to find matching grants.
At last month’s GREDC meeting, the foundation submitted an additional application to receive $20,000 to replace deteriorating double windows at the former hospital building in the complex.
The GREDC is still working on “Welcome to Glen Rose” stone signs, Best added. The application to have Glen Rose declared a Certified Retirement Community by the state is on hold because of state funding cuts.
“Maybe in September it will be reinstituted,” Best said.
He also said that the Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce, of which Best formerly was chairman and remains a board member, has had two softball tournaments at Beck Field and one last weekend that drew 23 teams.
“We actually had teams come from a long way away and stay at our hotels,” Best noted. “People in RVs stayed at Oakdale Park. The vision of trying to get tournaments finally is working.
“We should be writing a check to Glen Rose for $1,500 to help defray the costs of lighting the fields” and other expenses, Best added.
However, several issues need to be addressed at Beck Field, including moving a fence, repairing a softball scoreboard and getting ice machines that can keep up with the demand, Best said.
The GREDC also has hired the law firm of Jackson Walker, L.L.P., to advise the board on contracts and legal matter.
In other action, the council approved the reappointment of three members to the city’s Preservation Board - Eugene Brode, Betty Gosdin and Jeanne Dear - and approved the appointment of a new member, Jeff Albro, owner of the historic Glen Hotel downtown and a real estate appraiser.
Council members also decided to change the pay day for city employees to Friday to give supervisors and office staff enough time to review timesheets, cut checks and make direct deposits.