Stephenville City Council approves Park Renovation

Rachel Snyder

STEPHENVILLE (February 10, 2018) – The Bill Johnson Park will be getting a makeover after the Stephenville City Council unanimously voted to approve funding for renovations. Up to $50,000 may be spent on renovations.

The Community Services Committee is partnering with Keep Stephenville Beautiful to add sidewalks, seating and a playground and to resurface the basketball court. Keep Stephenville Beautiful hopes to have to park renovated in time to showcase it during their annual garden tour.

In addition to approving the park renovation, the city also considered HOT Tax applications from Tarleton State University and the Stephenville Lions Club.

TSU head rodeo coach Mark Eakin requested $20,000 for the TSU Stampede Rodeo on April 19. Seventeen colleges attend the rodeo, and Eakin estimated over 300 rooms will be booked for the event. However, the council voted to give the rodeo $7,500. Mayor Kenny Weldon, Alan Nix and Mark McClinton voted against the motion.

“I apologize and I am embarrassed for our community,” Weldon said. “We are the Cowboy Capital. We are the largest rodeo team in the nation, and we won’t allocate $20,000 when smaller towns give $17,500 [to their rodeo teams].”

The council unanimously approved the Stephenville Lions Club’s request for $500 for their annual Spooktacular.

After a closed session, the council voted to begin accepting sealed bids for the property located at 891 East Road.

Other items on the agenda included:

  • approving the economic development incentive policy and application,
  • approving a contract for consulting with former SEDA director Dr. John Hubbard (with one nay vote from Carla Trussell),
  • holding the annual evaluations for the city administrator, city attorney and city secretary and
  • approving the airport land lease with Prime Building Components, LLC.


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