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About the RV spaces requested for the Expo Center 4-B Tax Meeting City of Glen Rose April 5 2010

6 April 2010 at 2:56:11 PM

From meeting of 4b tax City of Glen Rose last night. Short recap. Billy Huckaby and Mike Dooley (who has a contract with Somervell County to run the Expo and Ampitheatre) put in a bid to get a rodeo venue here in 2011 and 2012. The rodeo liked the bid so well that they asked if the Expo center could do that in 2010 but it was contingent upon there being a total of 100 RV spaces on the Expo property or close. Dooley and Huckaby went to the county first, then to the city. The problem with Somervell County funding it is that it's not in the budget for this year although they could plan for it in 2011 and 2012. Therefore the two asked for 4b money. There were a few more interesting wrinkles in this, such as where they RVs would go; that decision has not been made, could be either city or county property. Also, the RV park owners were concerned about competition and gave a proposal to the County-because they had not explicitly asked to be on the agenda, their proposal has never been formally discussed.  Dooley also never definitively answered exactly how he would ensure, procedurally, that visitors to the RV park were ticketed customers and not just staying at the RV in competition with others in the are. The 4b committee asked Dooley to provide an application; he didn't. There is also a question of whether the county can, right now, say that they will pay back the loan from the 4b and budget for it in their next year. (no interest that I heard discussed). Also, if the county defaulted, or the city, who would be paying it back?

This is from March 8 2010

Here's the full audio from last night

and here are some clips

Who Owns the RV Spaces?

Whose property would these go on?

Has the Somervell County Commissioners Court addressed this again?

Darrell Best says there are a lot of unknowns - Dooley says on one of these clips that it is nebulous. Where's the application?

Bryant wants to talk with RV park owners

Mike Jones says the 4-b is a short-term bank

Final Decision to loan $80,000 to (Dooley? The County) with some conditions.

Don't forget it was Dooley making the proposal, NOT THE COUNTY.(from Feb 2010)

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1 - humanbeing   6 Apr 2010 @ 5:35:43 PM 

I think this is ridiculous. No plan, once again (have you ever smelled the sewage treatment plant in summer? Would you enjoy parking your RV next to it?) and there has yet to be a meeting with the private RV park owners. When (if) they do, will that input make any difference to the 4B board on this? The fact is, the Expo is competing with other RV parks and the hotels. This idea that more spaces must be added immediately (with no real plan) in order to accomodate a particular group right away is hogwash and a perfect opportunity to make expensive mistakes. Mr. Dooley, et al, needs to follow proper procedure (he says this idea has been in the mix for a while) by submitting a bonofide plan to the County for its consideration. So what if it takes a year or two for the Expo to be able to accomodate these groups? Will the world come to an end?  Forget the 4B 'loan'.

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2 - Sharra   29 Apr 2010 @ 9:47:09 PM 

People can say whatever they want to about Chris Bryant, but he is the ONLY person on the board - as near as I can tell in ANY video, that ever looks at or TRULY considers maintaining Glen Rose's historical and natural beauty.  He also seems to be the ONLY one interested in the business owners that may now have to compete - not only with the "new and improved" Oakdale Park (crap makes me sick), but now possibly the Expo Center too!  HE IS THE ONLY ONE looking out for the residents of Glen Rose.  I would like to see new members and I, personally, would like to see MORE people like him.  Am I the ONLY person that is wondering why the folks "running" the expo center are now the same folks "running" Glen Rose????  Maybe I'm mis-informed, maybe I'm not hearing it all correctly, maybe I have forgotten how to read (having graduated from Glen Rose High School).  If I'm wrong, please - somebody - ANYBODY, explain it to that it makes sense to me.  That's it, just make it make sense to me.  Really shouldn't be that hard.   

3 - salon   30 Apr 2010 @ 8:07:35 AM 

@Sharra-I agree with you about Chris being a preservationist. He was the one pointing out that there were too many parking lots and not enough green space in the new Oakdale (tentative) plan. In the example above, since Mr Dooley didn't have a plan and didn't meet the requirements to supply even an application, I think the 4-b board would have been in its rights to tell him to come knocking again when he did. As it turned out, the decision to make a *bridge* loan to the county wasn't even broached WITH the county. Somervell County didn't want it. Judge Maynard said that this was not the direction they had in mind.

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