Brownwood City Council members approved an agreement Tuesday to hire Gary Butts as a consultant through Sept. 30, 2007.

Butts, who retired in March 2005 as Brownwood’s city manager, will help prepare the city’s budget for the 2007-’08 fiscal year and assist Interim City Manager James Campbell “on management issues as requested.”

Butts will be paid $50 an hour, capped at $10,000.

He will also assist in the search for a permanent city manager, council members were told.

Butts, who worked for the city for more than 26 years, was appointed city manager in 1993. He previously worked for the city as director of finance and deputy city manager.

In other business, council members took up matters that typically befall a reorganized council, including the election of a mayor pro-tem — council member Darrell Haynes.

Council members also decided to keep meeting at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Also Tuesday, the council:

Approved a new code code book of city ordinances. The new code book cleans up the old code and deletes unnecessary or obsolete provisions. Approved a request to close streets on the route of the Juneteenth parade. Approved a $6,500 change order for the 14th Street and Stephen F. Austin water line. The change order is for realigning water line and bore crossing locations to accommodate TxDOT’s tree protection policies. Renewed a four-year contract with the Department of Defense to sell fuel to military helicopters at a cost that exceeds the city’s cost by 65 cents a gallon. Approved an agreement for the city to perform additional waste-hauling for Kohler. The city will haul fired ceramic and molds to the company’s landfills at a rate of $1.90 per cubic yard. The city and Kohler have had a hauling agreement for several years. Approved a one-year agreement with First Southwest Asset Management for $2,000 for arbitrage rebate services. Arbitrage occurs when the city’s investment earnings on bonds proceeds and funds set aside for bond payments exceed the interest on bonds, City Finance Director Walter Middleton said. If that happens, the city is required to pay the excess to the IRS.

Southwest Management will perform arbitrage calculations and analysis for the city.

Approved an agreement to sell fill material from a retention/detention pond to Brownwood Marketplace Ltd. for $1 a cubic yard. Awarded a bid of $10,000 a month to TT Technologies of Aurora, Ill., for the rental of static pipe bursting equipment to replace sewer lines. Awarded a bid to Citizens National Bank to be the city’s bank depository. Table action on confirming the city manager’s appointment to the position of division director for community services.