Brownwood City Council members dealt with numerous issues Tuesday including the upcoming rebuilding of Fisk Street from Austin Avenue to Main.
Council members approved plans and specifications and authorized city staff to seek bids for the 4,030-foot project, which has a cost estimate of $1.23 million. Bids are expected to be presented to the council in late March.
The project will be funded through the Certificates of Obligation sold in 2012. The Certificates of Obligation contained funds for several improvements including street repair.
Council members were given details including:
• Construction will be in sections of two or three blocks at a time, except for the milling of the top surface, which will be done all at once.
• The entire project may take 12 months, but each block should not be closed to traffic for more than a week at a time. Parking will remain available on side streets.
• Demolition and construction of the 87 ADA ramps at intersections will take the most time.
• The three traffic signals at Adams, Baker and South Broadway will be upgraded to comply with ADA standards.
• There will be additions and upgrades to sections of sidewalks at the intersections to comply with ADA.
• There will be no changes to existing street lighting.
• The road will be excavated about one foot along the curb and more along the center (depending on the depth of the material at the center of the street) except for the section between North Broadway and Adams Branch, which has already been rebuilt by the Street Department.
• Material will be used to rebuild the road that will allow traffic to be on the road faster and reduce or eliminate dust issues.
In other business Tuesday, Parks and Recreation Director David Withers presented a slide show and narrative of the recent improvements at the Bennie Houston Recreation Center. The work was done in-house and cost around $50,000.
Improvements included electrical upgrades, kitchen improvements, new heating and air conditioning in the gym, removal of windows that weren't energy-efficient from the gym, rebuilding of gym walls and installation of insulation, new florescent lighting in the gym, and improvements to the gym floor.
The entire center or just the gym are available for rental, council members were told.
Also Tuesday, council members:
• Approved on second and third/final readings an ordinance to change the zoning for 904 Gifford from M1 Restricted Industrial Use to MH Manufactured Home/Mobile Home District.
• Authorized City Manager Bobby Rountree to execute an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the installation of a flag pole requested by the American Legion Post 196. The 40-foot-tall pole will be located in front of the Walgreen store near the traffic "T" and will be dedicated to the citizens of Brown County, council members were told.
TxDOT requires an agreement for the installation and use of any property in the right-of-way TxDOT maintains.
The American Legion has agreed to pay for the installation of the pole and maintain the flags at no expense to the city.
• Ratified earlier action taken by the Brownwood Economic Development Corp. to fund a job creation and facility expansion for the Ron Jackson State Correction Complex, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 for training and office space. Ron Jackson has asked the BEDC to assist in the purchase of two portable buildings and related expenses, as well as upgrades to the existing training space.
The BEDC will lease the buildings to the Ron Jackson Unit for a nominal fee for five years, and then the buildings will be transferred to the Ron Jackson Unit.
• Ratified BEDC action for an infrastructure reimbursement for a sewer line for TLH Properties.
• Ratified BEDC action for a $250,000 infrastructure agreement with Houston-based Wright Asphalt. The company plans to construct and operate an asphalt terminal at 1505 Custer Road in the Brownwood Industrial Park. The terminal will supply asphalt to city, county and state projects and will have nine to 12 employees during peak summer periods and six to eight employees in the winter.
• Ratified BEDC action for a $300,000 business expansion loan for Ingram Concrete, which plans to build a 4,000-square-foot expansion to its office facility.