3 takeaways from Monday night’s Oak Ridge North City Council meeting

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Oak Ridge North City Council members Oaths of Office, City Manager Vicky Rudy’s retirement and a potential Montgomery County Veterans Memorial were all discussed at the Monday night Oak Ridge North City Council meeting.

1. Oaths of Office

Mayor Jim Kuykendall and Oak Ridge North City Council members Alex Jones and Paul Bond all took the oaths of office to remain on the Oak Ridge North City Council after winning the March election.

This will be Kuykendall’s fourth term as mayor for the city. Jones will be completing his second term as the Place 3 council member and Bond will be completing his second term as the Place 1 council member.

2. City Manager Vicky Rudy’s retirement

City Council members unanimously approved City Manager Vicky Rudy’s retirement and the proposed search process to hire a new city manager for the city.

Rudy announced her plans to retire from the city on May 7 and will no longer work for the city starting August 31.

Kuykendall said the city has formed a committee made up of himself, council member Frances Planchard and council member Clint McClaren to start the hiring process for a new city manager.

“Each of us on the committee will add one person from the community to be on the committee,” Kuykendall said. “As a committee, we got a timeline down. It’s going to be a very good search, but we have a pretty tight timeline. Vicky would like to be out of here by the end of July 31. Although she will be taking vacation, she will make herself available to us if we need her to help.”

Kuykendall said they are hoping to find an experienced city manager and hire someone by July 23.

“Anytime you have a new city manager come in, if we have one that is experienced and knows what they are doing, the turnover isn’t going to be that great,” he said. “So Vicky will maybe only need to spend about a week with them to get them up to speed with what’s going on because they hopefully will know the fundamentals of the job when they get here.”

Kuykendall said June 15 will be the deadline to accept resumes for the position and City Council members will interview finalists on July 21.

3. Montgomery County Veterans Memorial

Oak Ridge North City Council members unanimously approved a resolution to support the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial project.

Judy Duroy, deputy director of the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Commission said the organization is set on constructing a new veterans memorial for Montgomery County and is garnering support from county and city entities.

“It’s to honor all our veterans and those who have served or who are currently serving,” Duroy said. “We want their names in this memorial. This is going to be unlike something we have not seen. This could have thousands and thousands of names.”

Duroy said the new memorial location will be near The Lone Star Monument & Historical Flag Park in Conroe and feature a visitor and education center.

“We look forward to this being a place for children to come and for all the public to come to be educated and learn history, remember our heroes and hopefully be a hub of resources as well,” she said.

While there is no timeline set up for the project, Duroy said the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Commission is currently working with Montgomery County and local cities to gain support for the project before moving forward.

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