With Brownwood school officials in attendance, Brownwood City Council members started the process Tuesday of addressing traffic flow issues at East Elementary School.
Council members took no action Tuesday after being presented with a proposed plan. The council and school district are seeking online comments from citizens, and a public informational session is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the school.
The proposed plan is posted on the city and school district websites for citizens to review and provide digital comments.
Brownwood school officials asked for the city’s assistance in evaluating traffic around the school and developing solutions for traffic flow that would increase safety and efficiency, council members were told.
According to the proposed plan:
• Vincent Street, which passes in front of the school, would be one-way northbound between Roanoke and Idlewild to allow students to be dropped off and picked up from the passenger side of their vehicles.
• There would be a through-lane for motorists on Vincent who are not picking up or dropping off students.
• A four-way stop at the intersection of Idlewild and Vincent would be installed to prevent excessive lines of vehicles on Vincent and allow drivers to exit the school area efficiently.
• Nine additional parking spaces would be gained on Vincent with restriping.
Mayor Stephen Haynes said the proposed plan doesn’t work very well for parents who are approaching the school on Austin Avenue from the north, since they would be trying to make an unprotected left turn onto Roanoke off of Austin. That intersection would “be a bear,” Haynes said.
In other business, council members:
• Welcomed and recognized members of The Flash, a girls softball team in the Brownwood Girls Softball Association that finished as runner-up in the 8 and Under Class C State Tournament in Abilene.
• Awarded a $59,450 bid to Ribble Concrete and Land Construction for the installation of curb and gutter on the entrance to Gordon Wood Stadium off Calvert Road.
The City of Brownwood Street Department is in the process of rebuilding the entrance and is preparing the base for installation of curb and gutter. The money for the project is coming from the 2016 Bond Funds, council members were told.
• Authorized the purchase of a vibratory tamper, a cement mixer and repairs to sand filter controls totaling $48,000 for departments in the Utility Fund, with funds to come from the sale of surplus equipment in those departments.
• Accepted a petition from Micam Development to annex just under 110 acres north of Market Place Boulevard into the city. The city will set two public hearings on the proposed annexation.
The city has met with Jim Martin and his partners regarding a proposed development, council members were told. Micah Development and MD2 Acquisitions own 109.67 acres that are currently outside the city limits, and they want the proper annexed into city limits to receive city services.
The development would include a senior living complex and other apartment and residential properties, council members were told.