NOLANVILLE — The departure of its first and only city manager has taken its toll on the city, leading council members to postpone the annual Nolanville Trainwhistle Jamboree until next spring.
Since Stephen Pearl left July 18 to take a position as human resource director for the city of Nacogdoches, Nolanville City Secretary Crystal Briggs has assumed the responsibilities of city manager in addition to her own job duties.
Due to city regulations, Briggs is allowed only a finite amount of compensation time, Mayor Christina Rosenthal said.
“To be honest with you, I just can’t do it,” Briggs said at a Thursday meeting of the Nolanville City Council. “I don’t have the personnel or support, and I don’t know how it would be managed because I am overwhelmed.”
Briggs said vendors were reluctant to sign up for the jamboree because they made little money at last year’s event. The council initially mulled canceling the third annual event — initially scheduled for September — but objections from residents at the meeting prompted the decision to postpone it until April, at the earliest.
“As a vendor, I’m not out there to make money,” Nolanville resident Deborah King-Biggs said. “We sat here in this very same room and talked about (the jamboree) with people who were brand new to (Nolanville), and they were excited that we were doing something for our city. We know how poor our community is, and this is the only annual event that’s free.”
The city scheduled an Aug. 11 workshop to discuss and review resumes for potential city manager candidates.