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July 12, 2012

Willow Park council votes in new mayor

WILLOW PARK — The Willow Park city council unanimously appointed Richard Neverdousky to fill the position of mayor recently vacated by Marvin Glasgow during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Elected mayor pro tem in May by fellow council members, Neverdousky has been filling the mayor’s shoes after Glasgow turned in his letter of resignation June 26 citing health reasons, including heart attack and blood pressure issues.

The appointed position will expire after the municipal election in May.  

“After contemplating my decision for the past few weeks, it is with great sadness that I must tender my resignation as Mayor of Willow Park,” Glasgow wrote in the resignation letter read Tuesday night, that outlined his health issues. “As you can see I must step down for health reasons.”

“The city staff is great - I don’t think that I could ask for a better one,” Glasgow wrote. “I fully trust the department heads and rely on their input without question. I pray the city council will move forward to work with home and business developers to grow and improve life in Willow Park.”

Neverdousky said he began volunteering with the city in 2009 on the planning and zoning commission.

Glasgow, who was in his Sunday school class and was chairman of the planning and zoning commission at the time, asked Neverdousky if he would like to serve, Neverdousky said.

“Of course I was retired, actually fairly recently retired,” Neverdousky said. “I said that would be OK.”

“Well, I guess you can complain about things or you can do something about it,” Neverdousky said of what motivated him to get involved.

After Glasgow resigned from P&Z during a dispute with then-mayor Kenneth Hawkins, Neverdousky became chairman.

He considered running for mayor in 2011, the year Glasgow was elected, but when he went to file, he saw the candidates who had already filed and, knowing their popularity with some voters, decided not to run for that position.

He did handily win a city council position during that election, though he didn’t expect to be serving as mayor about a year later.

“One of the things I really feel we need to do is set some objectives,” Neverdousky said of his goals as mayor.

He has requested lists of goals from other council members and they plan to talk about them at an upcoming council work session and start working on them.

“Not everbody has all the good ideas,” Neverdousky said.

He expects some issues, such as obtaining surface water, to be a priority for the city.

“I think you have to have some to work towards,” Neverdousky said. “There are a lot of things we need to do.”

He added that some of the goals will be limited by funds, such as updating all the roads in the Willow Park.

Another thing he wants to work on as mayor is opening the lines of communication with residents.

He may have some mayor’s open forums to hear what residents want, Neverdousky said.

Though it was not at the appropriate time during the Tuesday night meeting, Neverdousky allowed one man in the audience to speak and ask a question during the council meeting.

“Citizens want to be heard,” Neverdousky said.

He also wants to address communication from the other end.

“I don’t think we’ve been as transparent as we could be,” Neverdousky said, adding that sometimes the council doesn’t realize they are not transparent about some things.

One example, he said, was another newspaper’s public statement during a recent city council meeting requesting the city make available council agenda item information packets prior to the public meeting as is typical with the cities of Aledo, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford and other surrounding cities.

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