Martin named mayor pro tem, GREDC board members selected

Johnny Martin

Johnny Martin

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

The Glen Rose City Council named Johnny Martin mayor pro tem Monday night at the first council meeting with a new mayor and two newly-elected council members.

Mayor Dennis Moore presided over the meeting for the first time since being elected on May 11, and Danny Chambers and Michael Jones took their seats as new councilmen.

Moore read a brief statement as he opened the meeting.

“This is a place of service, not a place of power,” Moore said.

He added his goals as mayor are revitalizing downtown, making Oakdale Park self-supporting, fostering “good communication” between the city and business interests and fixing the persistent drainage problem on Nancy Drive.

As for the second-in-command on the council, Moore nominated council member Sandra Ramsay to be the next mayor pro tem. But council member Chris Bryant said he wanted Martin because of his experience on the council. Jones seconded his motion. The vote in favor of Martin was 4-0 with Martin abstaining.

The council also chose four members for posts on the Glen Rose Economic Development Corp., which oversees the use of 4B sales tax money for economic development projects. Seven people applied for the positions and Moore asked council members to make nominations to fill four seats.

Ramsay nominated incumbent GREDC board member Sue Oldenburg, saying she had “continuity of history” on the board. Chambers was the only one voting against her.

Bryant proposed William Green, owner of Spinks & Green Auto and Garage. Chambers seconded the nomination. The only person voting against Green was Jones.

Jones then proposed businessman Mike Williams of MesaTech and the M Companies in the county’s industrial park. Ramsay seconded. The vote was unanimous in favor of Williams.

The fourth member chosen was Jesse McClure of Simple Simon’s Pizza, nominated by Bryant. Chambers seconded. Ramsay opposed.

City Administrator Ken West also announced at the meeting that Billy Huckaby, director of the city’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, had resigned from his position, effective July 17, to pursue a business opportunity.

Moore also reminded council members that if they have any problems with city employees, they are to go through West. If they have any problems with West, they should contact the mayor, he added.

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