The Brownwood Police Department hopes to receive a $24,645 state grant to pay for 31 sets of rifle-resistant body armor — enough to outfit all sworn officers in Brownwood including the city marshal and fire marshal.
    Brownwood City Council members authorized the police department Tuesday to apply for the grant.
    The police department does not currently have or issue that type of armor, council members were told. The department has tentatively been awarded a grant through the West Central Texas Council on Government for seven sets. Those will be for officers who have been selected for the department’s tactical team.
    In other business Tuesday, council members:
    •  Authorized City Manager Emily Crawford to seek bids to lease the 155-acre City of Brownwood Pecan Orchard.
    The city is proposing a 20-year lease with percentage-based profit and 1,200 pounds of pecans annually. Leasing the orchard will save the city time, manpower and cost, and the orchard will be better cared for and more profitable.
    • Authorized the Brownwood Fire Department to use the remaining $2,200 from a $10,000 donation last year from the Birch Foundation donation to buy accountability tags and fire truck labels, which help the department keep track of firefighters at a fire scene.