With City Attorney Andy Lucas preparing to be sworn into his new county office, the Glen Rose City Council voted to hire a legal team to cover a portion of his duties. Meanwhile, council members also voted to employ a second attorney to represent the city in court proceedings.
In November, the council heard from two Metroplex area law firms that issued proposals.
On Monday, the council unanimously voted in favor of Richardson-based Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P, a firm specializes in representing cities, their employees and elected officials and other governmental entities.
In November, managing partner Robert Brown said the rate for attending local council meetings would be $600 if he attended the meetings in person but savings could be realized if the city set up a video conferencing system. He said the city would not be charged if the firm monitored the meeting remotely.
The firm will not represent the city in municipal court, only on issues related to code, ordinances and other legal matters.
City Administrator Ken West said he is working to gather information on audio visual equipment and will present his findings at a later date.
"It would take us light years ahead of where we are now," West said, adding the technology could also be used in council meetings, allowing the audience to view documents discussed during court proceedings.
In regard to municipal court, Lucas recommended that the city hire Granbury-based attorney Clayton Bryant to represent the city.
Bryant said he would bill the city a flat fee of $500 per session for cases that were not heard before a jury and an additional $750 for jury trials.
Lucas said jury trials are rare and agreed with Bryant's suggestion that municipal court dates be reduced to every six weeks, which will create a longer docket but cut the number of times the city will be billed for representation.
West told the Reporter in November that he does not expect the city's legal fees to exceed the estimated $20,000 paid to Lucas annually.