Victory Life Academy is a step closer to seeing a school zone designated along the section of C.C. Woodson where traffic passes by the driveway to the church and school.
    Brown County Commissioners agreed Monday to start the process of lowering the speed limit on that section of the road during designated morning and afternoon times. The county will be required to publish a notice of the intent to lower the speed limit and have a public hearing, County Judge Ray West said.
    The current speed limit on the road where it stretches across a section of county property between Early and Brownwood city limits. Victory Life Academy employee Rick Phelps asked commissioners to consider lowering the speed to 35 mph.
    Earlier, Phelps asked commissioners to consider designating that section of road as a school zone, saying there have been numerous accidents where traffic enters the road from the school’s driveway and traffic needs to slow down.
    The Texas Department of Transportation has said it will install a school zone sign with a flashing light on one side of the road, and donors have covered the cost of a sign for the other side of the road, Phelps has said.
    In other business Monday, commissioners:
    • Approved Sheriff Vance Hill’s request to apply for a $75,000 Department of Justice grant to pay for a mental health deputy. Hill said application for the grant is a joint effort involving the sheriff’s office, Center for Life Resources and the Brownwood, Early and Bangs police departments.
    A mental health deputy would receive training from the Center for Life Resources, Hill said. The grant requires a 20 percent local match, the sheriff said.
    • Approved Hill’s request to buy two Tasers and holsters to replace Tasers that no longer work.
    • Approved Hill’s request to buy a pickup for use by the Criminal Investigation Division. The $28,230 cost will be covered by the sheriff’s office’s seizure fund and equipment fund.