For the first time in months, all of the seats at the dais were filled when Brown County Water Improvement District board members met Tuesday.
The general counsel's seat was occupied for the first time since May as Henry McGowen of Fredericksburg attended his first board meeting as general counsel. The vacant board member's chair was also filled for the first time since November as Jimmy Jones, who was appointed to the vacant seat last month, attended his first board meeting as a director.
Board members handled a light agenda that included approving an order of election for May 10. The seats of board members Mark Campbell and Ted Simpson are open. The filing period is open and continues through Feb. 28.
In other business, board members:
• Approved a $21,586 purchase for four hydro-hoists that will be installed in the Lake Patrol's new boathouse when it is finished. The boathouse will have four stalls — three for the Lake Patrol and one for the Texas Parks and Wildlife — and each stall will have a lift.
When a boat is parked on top of the lift, air will be pumped into the lift and raise the boat out of the water. Dennis Spinks, the water district's general manager, said that will keep the boats from "banging around" when they're parked in the water and get the engines out of the water, increasing their longevity.
• Approved a $40,768 change order related to the rehab of the water district's West water treatment plant.
• Approved a plan to have water district employees complete Phase II of the rehab, which consists of replacing motors, valves and gears. The equipment has already been purchased, Spinks said.