Saw this via an email forwarded to me. Redacting the name.
****** ******** updated the group on the “Welcome to Glen Rose” signage project. He has 3 of the 4 locations secures and is working with a landowner for the 4th location west of town on HWY 67. ******* has meet with Texas New Mexico Power Company and Unit Cooperative Service for electrical service at the locations. In the coming month a final cost analysis should be available to present to the City and/or County.
I don't quite understand this. This is from a private group that is not part of government. To my knowledge, no one from City Council or County has asked for signage. (Adding- I explicitly asked the city about this early this week, and was told that they have not authorized this and until it comes up for a vote at City Council, it doesn't matter what the private group does. If someone within the city knows something different, then I welcome at what meeting on what date this was authorized explicitly) Does the person doing this expect that once he brings his own project to City Council or the County that the taxpayers should pay for this?
Update (Feb 26 2010). I emailed Billy Huckaby to ask if the private group is doing this at his behest and he said
They are wanting to put up “Welcome to Glen Rose” signs and I have been working with them.
I called up and asked how the public would know that this was actually the case, since it has never been spoken of in any open meeting and he said he thought it had been brought up in executive session while covering other economic development issues. Really? Executive session is being used to discuss that type of business? Executive session rules are very clear about what can and cannot be covered privately. Re: Economic development Texas Gov Code 551.087 -
This chapter does not require a governmental body to conduct an open meeting:
(1) to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting economic development negotiations; or
(2) to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect described by Subdivision (1).
Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1319, Sec. 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Renumbered from Sec. 551.086 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(49), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Pretty explicit that this doesn't include making deals with people to do stuff for the governmental entity. That should have been discussed in OPEN session.