Rhome City Council appoints McCabe to vacant seat

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
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Josh McCabe campaigned last May to join the Rhome City Council, falling in a tight race for the Place 3 spot to Elaine Priest.

A few months later McCabe joined the council, being appointed Tuesday to the vacant Place 1 seat. The council picked McCabe out of four candidates that filed for the spot left vacant in September after Charles Pennington missed three consecutive regular meetings.

“I wanted to be a leader and voice in the town,” McCabe said. “Honor and integrity – I intend to bring that to this position.”

Patricia Mitchell, Timothy Sues and Jo Ann Wilson also applied for the spot. All four applicants were interviewed by the council. They were provided questions prior to the meeting to present prepared responses.

Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico said all four brought forth good ideas to the table.

“From the council standpoint, a couple stood out,” she said. “Mr. McCabe has been on the Parks and Recreation board and been involved with the city.

“Everyone was pleased with the process. We gave them an opportunity to speak, and we opened it up to anyone interested at the meeting.”

Di Credico said the council will have to fill McCabe’s spot on the Parks and Recreation board.

In joining the council, McCabe wants to help the city prepare for growth.

“The only constant is change and everyone around us is growing,” he said. “I want us to get ahead of the game and figure out how we are going to grow. I want to help the city become self-sustaining.

“Everyone likes Rhome because it’s a small, country town. But Fort Worth and Haslet are growing out this way. We’ve had a time coming together to get things accomplished. We want to make Rhome a proud place and one where people will want to bring their businesses and homes to.”

In other business, di Credico will be working with the city attorney and advisers to organize tours of the former Rhome School building. The city recently put a new roof on the structure and is reviewing options for using it as a municipal complex.

“A lot of people want to know what the inside looks like. We want to figure out a way to safely [give tours] for them to see it,” di Credico said. “There’s a lot of heritage in that building.”

Di Credico said there is no electricity to the building at this time.

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