Saw in the official newspaper of record, the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper, in a public notice that there is going to be a hearing with 2 items. One, funding for the Somervell County Historical Foundation -I have already said how impressed I was with their business plan and presentation.
The second item is about putting RVs on city land near the county expo center in order to accomodate the American Junior Rodeo Association. Here, via Billy Huckaby, are a couple of bid documents regarding this. Note that the bid requires that the Expo Center have 100 RV spaces.
4. RV Hook-ups; approximately 100 hook-ups needed for the RV’s and full livingquarter
Since the letter didn't actually specify, and I haven't seen the original RFP, I asked the AJRA if those were required to be onsite at the Expo Center. The answer is yes, so private RV parks even nearby are not an option.
When some temporary RV spots were put in within the last couple of years, it was truly an exception. The county did not want to be in the business of renting out RV spaces (plus, even now, Mr Dooley has no procedure in place to ensure that the people using the RV spaces are actually participants in the expo event). At the original discussion at the Somervell County Commissioner's Court, one of the things that could have been done to accomodate the RVs would have been to put them across the street in the industrial park rather than using city land. That was negatively portrayed because it would have meant having to put up caution lights and signs and have the people with horses crossing the street (but aren't they doing that now with the temporary RV spots next to the ag?)Also there isn't any money budgeted from the county this year to add RV spots. Here's a rough transcripot that you can read while following along with the streaming audio widget below.
Putting the audio again here, streaming.
Here's a link to more video regarding this. And yet MORE video and some questions.
Because there's a deep concern about county taxes paying for RV spots (or for that matter, using 4b money to pay for them) versus private enterprise, at a later county commissioner meeting, there was a general compromise brought out, all details not worked out yet. You can see on the bid letters that Dooley Management would get revenues from the RV spaces-Dooley is a private contractor that has a contract with the county. And the county would get some revenue back from renting out the RV spaces through Dooley, as per the contract. And then, the county said that they would work out some kind of deal with some private RV operators that would get to lease the space that the city was making available for some amount per year.
So, mapping this out a little. If this isn't your understanding or you see some place where I'm just flat wrong, please add a comment.
County Owns the Expo Center and Contracts with Dooley Management to Run it. It operates at a loss and the county taxpayer picks up the slack. Dooley and the county both stand to profit from any RV spaces that would be added ot the Expo Center. RV spaces were not originally ever going to be added to the Expo center and were only reluctantly, on a temporary basis, added in 2007. (The expansion idea was approved on June 25, 2007).
County does not have money budgeted to add RV spaces.
AJRA requires that there be at least 100 RV spaces for their event, and they must be onsite.
Because the county doesn't want to be in competition with private RV parks (well, sort of), they said they would try to work out some kind of deal where private RV space owners would lease out the city land and share the profits.
The logical next step is to ask the 4b committee to approve funding making RV spaces on city land.Not sure if the details have been worked out how private RV parks would be renting this out, what the process would be, how the money would be flowing, etc, but surely that would have to be done before the public hearing at the 4b.
I wonder what questions people will have for this hearing.