Horses will be trotting Gilmer streets
by MAC OVERTON
Dec 15, 2013 | 1011 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carriage rides will soon be offered in Gilmer, after the Gilmer City Council, at its meeting Tuesday, gave an East Mountain man the unanimous okay to start such a business here.

Carl Voyles operates the Silver Spur Event Center and Carriage Company in East Mountain, and decided to see if the business would also do well in Gilmer.

“He completed paperwork on Wednesday, and paid a $25 application fee, and I just have to make sure everything is finalized.”

Voyles plans to launch the carriage rides in the downtown Gilmer area this Saturday, in conjunction with the Yulefest activities today.

The Yulefest, sponsored by the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, consists of breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Gilmer High School cafeteria, followed by Santa in his house on the southwest corner of the square from 2 to 4 p.m. At one time, it included a parade, but came to be moved to a weeknight because the Buckeyes were in the late-season playoffs so often.

This year, it was to be on the night of Dec. 5, but was cancelled because of weather.

City Manager Jeff Ellington said that the city got its model ordinance from the Texas Municipal League, and “it’s pretty detailed.”

Among regulations are having route approved by city police and officials, being permitted by the city,and giving the horses health checkups every six months.

The horses will also have to be “bagged,” to keep manure from contaminating the streets.

Prices of the rides were unknown at press time.

Voyles has said that he will decided whether to continue the business in Gilmer after he sees how it does during the Christmas season.

The council also approved helping the Gilmer Volunteer with a matching funds grant. The grant is for $8,400 from the Texas Forest Service. The city’s match of $840 from paid from contingency funds.

The council also amended the city budget to put in $3,711 from insurance received on two wrecked police cars.

Ellington said one will be put back into service. The other one, wrecked when it hit a culvert during a chase outside the city limits, will not.

The council also accepted routine monthly reports on food service inspections, police and fire departments.
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