Rhome has named a firm, which is represented by the town’s former mayor, to serve as the city engineer.
Mark Lorance, former mayor of Rhome and the current regional supervisor and professional engineer of Dannebaum’s Fort Worth and Dallas locations, was on hand at Thursday night’s city council meeting to discuss the proposal.
In the past, the city had just contacted and hired different engineering firms on an as-needed basis. Dannenbaum will now become the go-to firm.
But City Attorney Walt Leonard said naming Dannenbaum city engineer would not preclude the council from using other firms on various projects.
“You can go to anyone unless you write out a contract exclusively giving them all the work,” Leonard said. “But I would recommend against doing that.”
“We could help manage projects with other engineering firms on major projects,” Lorance said.
“The council should retain Dannenbaum,” said council member Louis Godfrey. “They are familiar with the city.”
“I’d like to see us have a city engineer to work with on a regular basis,” said Cole Blanche, who then made a motion on it.
Godfrey seconded it, and the council voted 4-0 (council member Chris Graves was absent) Thursday night to select Dannenbaum Engineering as the city’s engineer.
Dannenbaum serves as the city engineer for several cities, including Boyd.
A contract still has to be written, and costs would vary from project to project.
- The council voted 4-0 to appoint former councilman and Mayor David Wilson to the planning and zoning commission. He replaced Michelle Pittman.
- Council voted 4-0 to appoint Ronnie Moore, former councilman Charles Pennington and Roger Lewis to the Park Board. They replaced outgoing members Godfrey, Debbie Brown and Elizabeth Rubin.
- Mayor Chris Moore said he would work with Police Chief James Rose and Public Works Director Preston Gilliam on speeding in Crown Point and traffic control in other areas of the city.
- The council voted 4-0 to hold “Music in the Park” 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Family Park. The event will have live music, a bounce house, food and drinks and games. Since it is an event to promote the city and local businesses, the city can use money from the occupancy tax to fund the event.
“If this works out, maybe we could do something like this the last Saturday of every month this summer,” said council member Jo Ann Wilson.
- The council will hold a workshop 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 30, to discuss individual ideas and the general direction of the city.
- The council voted 4-0 not to renew the contract with Code Red, the city’s emergency notification service.
“I’ve never been a fan of Code Red,” Godfrey said. “It’s never been effective. If there’s a power outage, Code Red is useless. We should let this go by the wayside.
“The county is implementing an emergency notification that will be more effective and free to use. Why pay for something we can get for free?”
The rest of the council agreed.