Brownwood City Council members approved a six-month extension Tuesday to Harris Broadband Inc. to complete construction of its cable television system.
Company president Philip Harris told council members there have been “unforeseen delays” including difficulties in obtaining pole attachment rights, but those delays have been overcome, Harris said.
He said the company is installing cable, and expressed confidence the company will have completed the Brownwood system and be “rolling into Early” in six months.
He said the company is providing service in a downtown area he referred to as “service area 3.”
The City Council granted Harris a franchise in August 2004 to build a cable television system. The franchise called for Harris to complete construction of its cable system by July 2006. The city granted an 11-month extension in June 2006 after the company said it was being delayed because of utility providers’ failure to allow them to attach to their poles.
Although Harris has made “substantial progress” in constructing its cable system, the company needs another extension because of delays in working out pole attachment agreements, City Attorney Pat Chesser wrote in the council’s agenda packet.
Also Tuesday, Finance Director Walter Middleton told council members the city had 59 days of cash reserves as of May 31. The city is in “a lot better shape” than it was in May 2006, when it had 14 days of cash reserves, Middleton said during his budget report for May.
The city had total available reserves of $4.4 million as of May 31, compared with just over $1 million in May 2006, Middleton said.
The city has sold nearly 11 percent less water this fiscal year through May 31 than it did the same time last year because of increased rainfall, Middleton said. Water revenue is up by nearly $45,000, or 1.6 percent, because of higher water rates but is 1.2 percent under budget, Middleton said.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
Approved the annual rodeo parade for July 28. Approved ordinances on first reading establishing “stop” signs at the Greenleaf and East Chandler and Main and Market Place intersections. Approved the purchase of a slope mower for the landfill department through the General Services Administration. The council authorized $11,398 for a note payment toward the $50,000 cost during last year’s budget preparations. Approved retiring City Marshal Charles “Butch” Dempsey’s application as a reserve police officer for the Brownwood Police Department. Awarded bids of $26,995 to the Bruner Auto Group for the purchase of two half-ton pickups for the utility department.