Moore outlines goals as mayor; council to hold meeting to discuss CVB jobs

Glen Rose Mayor Dennis Moore. Photo courtesy of City of Glen Rose

Glen Rose Mayor Dennis Moore

Photo courtesy of City of Glen Rose

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

A month into his new job as mayor, Dennis Moore has been busy talking to business owners, tourists and civic groups and outlining goals that include revitalizing the downtown square and making Oakdale Park self-supporting.

Moore spoke to about 40 business people at Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce.

The new mayor, who was elected May 11, said Glen Rose is “not an ordinary city” for its size and shared some positive economic information.

The city government currently has $3 million in revenues, $1.5 million of which is restricted for streets and $1.5 million of which is savings, Moore noted.

“I believe in savings; I come from a long line of tightwads,” the mayor said, drawing laughs. “But if something is really needed, it’s doesn’t hurt to use a little of that.”

The city’s sales tax coffers are improving, he added. Glen Rose brings in more sales tax than Clifton, Walnut Springs, Meridian and Hamilton, he noted.

So far this year, Glen Rose has collected $427,000 in sales tax, compared with $421,000 last year, $415,000 in 2011 and $394,000 in 2010, Moore told the chamber members.

Hammond’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant posted a record spring break in terms of business, he added. Dairy Queen is one of the bigger grossing restaurants in the area, and Glen Rose’s Dollar General is one of the highest grossing stores in the area, Moore pointed out.

The downtown square’s loss of businesses is a “huge issue,” Moore said. It’s time to stop pointing fingers and get something done, he said.

Moore’s other goals are to fix the drainage problem on Nancy Drive, make Oakdale Park self-sustaining and even profitable and support affordable housing in Glen Rose, as well as desires to build an assisted living center.Continuing to promote tourism is another mayoral goal. Moore noted that local businesses depend on visitors for much of their business.

For example, 70 percent of Brookshire’s business comes from locals and about 30 percent from visitors, he said. At Hammonds, though, about 70 percent of its business comes from visitors and about 30 percent from locals, he said.

“Tourists are very important to the city and this county,” Moore said. “Without the tourism money to our city, we’d be in financial trouble.”
Recently, Billy Huckaby, executive director of the Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau, resigned to pursue another business opportunity. Tara Janszen, the city’s events coordinators, also resigned to take a job at the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce.

The council has called a special executive session for Tuesday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the two job vacancies. See the agenda here: 6-25-13 Special Mtg

Moore said he views his job as being the city’s CEO (chief executive officer). Most importantly, he added, is giving the governing body – the city council – any information impacting finances, public safety and other aspects of government.

City council members basically act as “legislators,” Moore said, enacting laws, changing them or even abolishing them.

However, the council and mayor jobs are not about power, he added.

“Our power is when we are meeting in that body,” he said. “You have the power of one vote. It’s not a place of power, it’s a place of service.”

Moore went on to praise city department heads and City Administrator Ken West, whose job last week was one of the items on the agenda of a closed executive session of the council. The city secretary was the other item.

According to unofficial minutes of the meeting obtained by the Current — unofficial because the council has not yet voted to approve them — the executive session began at 6 p.m. and ended at 7:28 p.m. The council “agreed that the action on the Executive Session will be handled by the Personnel Policy Manual,” according to the unofficial minutes. Read them here: MINUTES SPECIAL 6-13-2013

Moore noted at the chamber meeting that he supported the hiring of a city administrator when he was a city council member and “will stand by” that decision and behind West.

“He initiated a bit of change” and change can be difficult, he noted.

“The employees like him and like working for him,” he added.

City Code Enforcement Officer Ray Moody is enforcing city ordinances and some folks don’t like that, Moore acknowledged. But residents also complained in the past that Glen Rose did not have strong enough code enforcement.

“I say hooray to him. He’s doing his job,” Moore said.

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