In order to avert any possible budget shortfall, Rhome City Council unanimously approved a hiring freeze last Thursday.
Although no current positions are in jeopardy, if there are any resignations or job openings in the future, the council will examine the position before considering looking for a replacement.
The council discussed the new first responder position and the volunteer fire department incentives programs, but left both in place.
Council members will get a chance to discuss the budget more thoroughly at a budget workshop scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, at city hall.
The council also appeared to back off, at least for the moment, any changes to an ordinance pertaining to elected officials serving on the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department. Current language in Ordinance 2012-10 allows elected officials to serve on the fire department in any position but chief. However, at last month’s meeting, council members were divided on whether or not it was a conflict of interest to serve on the volunteer fire department and on the council.
At last week’s meeting, the council chose to take no action on the item concerning the ordinance.
Rhome’s 26th Annual Pioneer Days is slated for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. The festival will be held at Rhome Family Park this year. It will include raffles, Wild West gun battle re-enactments, stagecoach rides, games, dunking booth, music, barbecue contest, antique tractors and cars, pageants and NASCAR vehicles. For more information or to act as a vendor, sponsor or volunteer call Deborah at 817-636-2826.