Committee and board members for the city of Rhome who miss three consecutive meetings are now subject to removal from the position.
“Missing three regular meetings by city council is a state law, but you can make it applicable to all boards,” said city attorney Walt Leonard. “You just need to pass a general rule that makes members of all boards and committees subject to the same rules and regulations already required by the state for city council members.”
The Rhome City Council unanimously approved the rule Thursday night. The vote extended the existing policy to all city boards, including parks and recreation and planning and zoning.
“I think this is a good recommendation,” said council member Jo Ann Wilson.
The Rhome Park Board can ill afford to have absent members. With two seats empty, one absence prevents the board from having a quorum.
Two of the current park board members, including chairman Charles Pennington and vice-chair Ronnie Moore, are running for city council. A member of city council is not allowed to serve on city boards.
Applications to serve on the park board are available at city hall.
The planning and zoning board is full with five members.
After working out some insurance issues, the city looks poised to bring in a K-9 officer to assist in patrol.
Reserve officer Rit Milliman, a former deputy with Wise County Sheriff’s Office, recently completed certification training to be able to actively work with the dog in the field.
“The dog has just been trained in narcotics,” said Rhome Police Chief James Rose. “Because of the highway we have some cash and drugs moving through here. That’s where the dog will mainly be used. We’ve gotta keep drugs off the streets.”
Milliman will continue to serve as a reserve officer and will use his own vehicle to patrol with the dog.