The Somervell County Commissioners Court on Monday agreed to renew the lease agreement to keep the Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau operating out of the former jail on U.S. 67 and to occupy all of the stone building.

    The CVB had been sharing the structure with the Somervell County/Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce before the chamber recently moved its office downtown. The CVB is paying for all of the space now.

    “The county and city have worked very well together,” said Billy Huckaby, the CVB's director. “We replaced carpet and flooring at our expense. I'd like to continue the relationship.”

    The vote was unanimous to keep the CVB in its current location next door to the Somervell County Expo Center. It is one of the first buildings that visitor encounter when they arrive in Glen Rose from Fort Worth and Dallas.

    County commissioners also agreed to transfer $10,000 from county coffers so that its two constables will receive upgraded radios. The new equipment complies with the so-called P25 standard that is being adopted by federal, state and local  public safety agencies so they will have a common technology for digital radio communications. The current radios being used are analog.

    The court approved the transfer of money to buy four P25 radios, two of which will go to the Texas Department of Safety, for an additional $10,000. Money for the equipment already was budgeted, but the DPS had asked for $15,000, whereas the constables would get $5,000.

     But commissioners decided to shift more funds to buy radios for the constables.

    “If we spend these dollars, I'd prefer our constables be outfitted with these radios,”

County Judge Walter Maynard said.

    Commissioners also signed off on the completion of Glen Rose Medical Center's expansion. Maynard pointed out that the construction project came in $900,000 under budget.