Brownwood City Council members agreed Tuesday they are willing to meet at night on occasion to see if that draws increased attendance. Currently, council members meet at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
The consensus reached after a discussion among council members and Mayor Stephen Haynes was to have at least one night meeting every quarter, with additional night meetings if the agenda contains items that are controversial or where the public’s input is sought.
Haynes said attendance seems to be issue-driven rather than the time of day or night council meetings are held. On previous occasions when the council held night meetings, participation was actually less than it currently is, Haynes said.
It was suggested that having at least one meeting dealing with the budget for the upcoming fiscal year would be a good meeting to have at night.
In other business, council members:
• Heard a presentation from Texas Municipal Library Directors Association representative Shelley Holley. Holley said the Brownwood Public Library received the Library of Excellence Award, one of 52 libraries — out of 548 in Texas — to receive the award.
“It is the most difficult award to receive that is given out in the state of Texas,” Holley told council members. “Less than 10 percent of libraries in Texas receive this award. What it takes to get this award is a year’s worth of effort.”
• Ratified earlier action by the Brownwood Municipal Development Board to award a Building Improvement Incentive Grant to Scott Callison/CrossFit Brownwood in an amount not to exceed $15,000.
• Ratified earlier BMDD action for an economic development incentive to pay for half the cost of a 16-inch water line on a 1.9-acre tract being sold to Starr Sales, in an amount not to exceed $10,775, contingent on Starr Sales closing on the property.
• Ratified earlier BMDD action for a contract with Don Hatcher for civil engineering, surveying and rezoning work to be done in conjunction with the designation of 37 acres from the BMDD’s 124-acre tract as residential property, in an amount not to exceed $25,000.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third/final readings to change the zoning classification for 1510 Indian Creek from R-1 Single Family Residential to C-1 Local Business District.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third/final readings to change the zoning classification at 109 W. Ninth from M-1 Restricted Industrial to MH Manufactured Home/Mobile Home District.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third/final readings regulating the use of vehicles and motorized sport vehicles in city parks.