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Video-Darrell Best of the Glen Rose Chamber Asks Billy Huckaby If He's Calling Him A Liar

5 February 2010 at 10:31:10 AM

 I went to the 4B /GRDEC meeting last night to hear about these agenda items. The 4b board was going to talk about possibly purchasing the Palace Theater, funding the Land of the Dinosaurs Dooley venture, Barnard\'s Mill and building more RV spaces near the Expo. I\'m going to post the entire audio and a few other selected video clips in the next few days, but calling this out because it was a bit of a heated exchange. Huckaby was expressing that he thought the money that would be used to buy the Palace Theatre building would be better spent in the Main Street program, said that he believed it was the Chamber that wanted to run it, and asked whether a vote by the Chamber had been taken. Best said yes, but then Huckaby turned to the audience and asked if any other chamber members were there to verify that a vote had been taken. Best took umbrage at this, said he would know because he\'s the president of the chamber and was Huckaby calling him a liar?

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1 - annonymous   5 Feb 2010 @ 1:48:17 PM 

Thank you Billy for standing up and telling the truth!  Thank you Billy for doing what is best for the citizens of Glen Rose and their tax money! 

2 - Concerned   6 Feb 2010 @ 4:57:59 PM 

Have they ever said why they want to buy the old theater?  What do they plan to do with it?  They say it is for "economic development" but there is nothing on paper to show how Glen Rose would benefit, other than giving the Chamber a place to operate.  How will it benefit economically?  How much will it cost to put it in working order?  How often will they show movies?  Where will they come from and what will the cost be?  How much is a projection camera and new screen?  And that's just off the top of my head.  Good for Billy Huckaby! Somebody needs to keep them honest.

3 - salon   7 Feb 2010 @ 10:14:34 AM 

There was, to me, quite a contrast at the meeting between the discussion about the Palace Theatre and the discussion about Barnard's Mill. I don't have any strong opinion about the Palace Theatre one way or the other, except that, as a historical building, I'd hate to see the walls torn down and it become part of a larger sales shop. I do think that whoever wants to advance a particular project of ANYTHING needs to have a throrough business plan, and be prepared to at least somewhat prove any assertions about monies coming back in. I thought the Barnards Mill people were very prepared and it was a delight to hear the details.

As you can see on the video, a point was inferred that Mr. Best was perhaps planning to try go have the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce run the Palace Theatre and use the proceeds to fund Chamber operations. I don't believe that people who sit on an elected or appointed board ought to use their position to fund another entity they are associated with. I didn't like it that Mike Ford was on the Roger Marks Foundation as well as being a county commissioner, and the one who pushed for hurriedly getting that 14.5 million certificate of obligation-it seemed and still does, to me, like a conflict of interest. I don't know that what Mr Best proposed was a conflict of interest, but he had told me that the Chamber was not going to be involved, and that they had an office now in the old coca-cola building. If, really, it was that he wanted the Chamber to run the Palace Theatre, he should have plainly said so.

Again, bottom line to me is that whoever wants to ask for money from the 4b/GRDEC ought to have a detailed business plan, do the asking in the NAME of that entity that has the business plan (like the Historical Foundation did for Barnard's Mill) and then be prepared to answer questions.

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