Brownwood City Council members unanimously approved a notice of intent to issue up to $3.9 million in combined tax and revenue certificates of obligations for improvements to the city’s landfill.

The funds will be used for construction of two new landfill cells. “As you know, we have been looking at doing this work for a couple of years,” said Walter Middleton, city finance director. “Because of decrease to our waste volume, we have put it off for a while, and now it is time to get the work done.”

Middleton said the construction of cells 12 and 13 will take roughly a year and are estimated to last for 16 years.

The ordinance will propose to spread the debt payments over 15 years, with annual payments projected at $345,000.

The action of notifying the public of the city’s intent to issue the bonds is the first step in the process. Tuesday’s approval will allow for a publication of notice in the Bulletin on Aug. 9 and Aug. 16.

    Council members will consider approving the issuance of the bonds Sept. 10.

    The city proposes to spread the debt payments over 15 years, with annual payments projected at $345,000.

    In other business Tuesday, council members:

    • Welcomed newly hired BPD officer Douglas Stephens, who took part in a ceremony to take the oath of office and Law Enforcement Oath of Honor.

    • Approved on second and third readings ordinances to change zoning at 1811 Shaw from R-1 Single Family Residential to A-1 Agricultural; the northwest corner of FM 45 and Indian Creek Road from A-1 Agricultural to Mo-1 Restrict Industrial; and property in the 2000 block of Indian Creek Road from R-1 Single Family Residential to C-1 Local Business.

    • Awarded a bid to Patricia Nickerson for the Coliseum concessions contract.

    • Approved the first reading of a revised drought contingency plan.

    • Reappointed Draco Miller to the Center for Life Resource Board.

    • Reappointed Mayor Stephen Haynes to the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool.