Brownwood City Council members awarded a bid Tuesday for the construction of building to house the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center.

Council members voted unanimously to award a bid of $499,951 to Kirby Rasco Construction of Zephyr. The only other bid, from Waldrop Construction, was for $545,667, according to documents in the council’s agenda packet.

The city and the Brown County Humane Society have $323,938, including $100,000 the Humane Society contributed several years ago, available for the project, council members were told. The city will contribute an additional $100,000 from 2002 bond funds if the Humane Society will commit an additional $50,000.

Further, the Humane Society has agreed to contribute an additional $25,000 it received from the Brownwood Economic Development Corp. to release five acres of its 10-acre land lease from the city. The BEDC will use the five acres for economic development, council members were told.

The costs in the construction bid exclude costs including parking, driveways and kennels. The Humane Society has a fund-raising project — Raise the Woof — to help fund those items, City Engineer Don Hatcher wrote.

In October, council members rejected Waldrop’s sole bid of $496,726 because it exceeded the amount the city had allocated for the construction.

In other business, the council:

• Held a public hearing on closing an alley in the 1600 block of Melwood between Melwood and Comanche streets. The council then passed an ordinance on first reading to close the alley.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings to close an alley between Coggin Avenue and Avenue E from Fifth to Sixth streets.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings to eliminate the charging of credit card processing fees for people paying utility bills by credit card.

• Agreed to advertise for bids for the construction of Cell 11 at the landfill.

• Approved an ordinance on first reading authorizing the city manager to address the temporary closures of city parks, streets and alleys and parade permits because they are administrative functions and don’t require council action.

• Approved an ordinance on first reading that clarifies the prohibition of political signs on city property.

• Approved a contract between the City of Brownwood and the Brown County Humane Society regarding the construction, ownership and operation of the new animal shelter facility.

• Approved an agreement between the Health Department and Texas State Technical College for supervised clinical experience to TSTC nursing students.

• Authorized the purchases of a water truck for $93,995, and a street sweeper for $162,345, through a purchasing cooperative.

• Agreed to pay half the cost of a new roof for the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department building.