City to hold first meeting without ailing mayor

January 5, 2013

Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett is preparing to preside over Tuesday night’s meeting of the Granbury City Council as Mayor Rickie Pratt remains hospitalized following a severe stroke.

It is still unknown how long Pratt may be incapacitated, though he has made some progress since being rushed to a Fort Worth hospital late last week.

Family spokesman Ken Grey, the mayor’s brother-in-law, said this week that Pratt is receiving “excellent care” and is “alert and aware of his surroundings.”

City Manager Wayne McKethan, who met with Hulett on Wednesday to discuss the agenda for the upcoming council meeting, said that Hulett will take on the mayoral role, but will still vote on every issue before the council. As mayor, Pratt only votes when there is a tie.

McKethan said that City Attorney Stuart Neal was consulted to make sure that proper procedure is followed regarding council votes.

As long as all five council members are present, there will not be a tie. In the event that a council member is unable to attend a meeting and a tie vote occurs, the issue will not pass, McKethan said.

Council member Tony Allen said Thursday that he and Hulett have set up a fund for Pratt through First National Bank. Donations can be made to the Rickie Pratt fund at any of the bank’s branches in Hood County, he said.

Allen also stated that plans are under way to possibly hold an auction in the near future to benefit the Pratt family.

“We’re just going to try to raise some money to help him,” Allen said. “He’s self-employed.”

The mayor owns Pratt’s Stereo & Video. It is a one-man operation.

Anyone interested in donating for the auction or helping the Pratt family in some other way can contact Allen at 817-894-1869.

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