To coincide with the national campaign, members of the Brownwood City Council declared March to be American Red Cross month. Accepting the proclamation given by Carl McMillian, mayor pro tem, were representatives from the local office including the executive director Janet Karcher and board member Bill Blagg.
“The Red Cross has been serving here for over 100 years, and we plan to have an office here for 100 more,” Blagg said. “We appreciate the city’s support over the years.”
Before McMillian made the proclamation, he shared his story from when he was a lifeguard in the 1950s. He was working at the Camp Bowie pool with about 250 to 300 kids one afternoon when he had to use what he learned in the Red Cross water safety course to save a life.
“I was on the tower when I heard a small girl screaming and pointing at the pool where a boy was, about four feet away from the edge in the deep end, already in the ‘dead man’s float,’” McMillian said. “I went off and got him, and after getting some water out of him, he was OK.
“I’ve always appreciated everything the American Red Cross has done.”
In other business Tuesday, council members:
• Approved last week’s minutes.
• Approved on first reading changing the zoning classification of one acre of Robert Malone, Survey 48, Abstract 656, known as 1609 Wood Street from R-1 Single Family District to RR Residential Rural District.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third/final amending the subdivision ordinance authorizing the city engineer to approve minor plats for subdivision and re-subdivisions in lieu of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third/final readings changing the traffic control from Stop to Yield for northbound motorist on 16th Street at Avenue M.
• Heard the quarterly Convention and Visitor’s Bureau report from Sunni Modawell with the Chamber of Commerce. Compared to last year’s report, the occupancy numbers are down two percent, which in 2011 was up 13 percent. Modawell is optimistic about this year’s numbers because of several events planned this year, including baseball and softball tournaments.