Brownwood City Council members approved bids Tuesday to a Fort Worth company to build the Family Aquatic Center and renovate the coliseum annex into the new home for the Senior Center.
The council awarded bids of $1.67 million to The Fain Group for the construction of the aquatic center, and $627,875 for the renovation of the coliseum annex.
According to a letter from architects Kimley-Horn and Associates, the city received 10 bids for the pool construction, with the low bid from The Fain Group. The company submitted a detailed listing of its recent projects including swimming pools.
The company listed Sunbelt Pools as its pool subcontractor for the project.
The city received seven bids for the coliseum annex renovation, council members were told. The city will be responsible for buying about $100,000 in kitchen equipment, and city crews will pave the parking area behind the annex.
Council members also authorized City Manager Bobby Rountree to sign a professional services agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates to prepare plans and specifications for a pool bath house for the Aquatic Center.
The city received bids for a pre-engineered pool bath house of $580,000 to $795,000, but rejected those bids. City staff and Kimley-Horn representatives believe the city can save $90,000 by using an existing set of plans based on the pool in Saginaw with some modifications.
In other business, council members:
• Ratified earlier action of the Board of Trustees of the Brownwood Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund to amend the fund’s investment policy.
The investment mix will change from 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds to 65 percent stocks and 35 percent bonds.
In light of current economic conditions, investment advisers believe it is better to have a higher profile in the stock market, City Finance Director Walter Middleton told council members.
• Agreed to ask the Brown County Commissioners to pass a resolution to help the Senior Citizen Program apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture “Texans Feeding Texans: Home Delivered Meal Grant Program.”
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings setting utility rates for fiscal year 2009/10.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings setting fees, rentals, licenses and permits for the new fiscal year.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings adopting the $30.37 million budget.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings levying taxes for the year 2009 for the City of Brownwood.
• Approved an ordinance on first/final reading updating the salary, longevity pay, and certification pay for all Civil Service – Fire Fighters and Police Officers.
• Approved an agreement with Texas A&M University to update the city’s comprehensive planning documents. Texas A&M’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Development will update the plan at a cost of $44,990, with half paid in fiscal year 2009-’10 and the rest paid the following year.
• Heard Middleton report on an actuarial study of the Brownwood Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund conducted by Rudd & Wisdom. The fund is sound, Middleton told council members.
The report shows the amortization period is 29 years, meaning it would take 29 years, under the current financing arrangement, to pay off the future liability for benefits and expenses of the funs, the report shows.
State law requires an amortization period of less than 40 years, while the Governmental Accounting Standards Board requires an amortization period of less than 30 years, the report states. Using either standard, the fund is in good shape, according to the report.
In 2002, the fund was not sound and was in a “deficit situation,” Middleton told council members. Firefighters, the City Council and the fund’s board of trustees agreed to reduce benefits, cut other costs and put more money into the fund, causing it to become sound, Middleton told the council.
• Heard Rountree report on an emergency management study to be conducted by representatives of the University of Texas at Dallas and Rice University. The study will look at the way citizens and public officials view natural disasters, Rountree said.
Representatives will hold several meetings, including one Friday, and will give $20 to the people who show up, , Rountree told council members. He said representatives will “knock on doors” and ask citizens to answer questionnaires.
• Heard Rountree report on a grant to obtain a dog trained to assist in arson investigations. State Farm provides funds to train a dog and handler, Rountree said. He said the grant would “come to fruition” in 2011 and the dog, if approved, would be available for use in surrounding counties.
• Heard Rountree report that about 1,800 Brown County customers lost power for about two hours during Monday night’s storm. About 200 were without power as of about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Rountree said. Damage included a gas leak at Stephen F. Austin and Stewart, downed power lines and a downed awning, Rountree told the council.