Brownwood City Council members voted Tuesday to award a $97,287 bid to Lydick-Hooks Roofing to install a new roof at city hall.
The Brownwood company’s bid is slightly higher than the only other bid received — $97,000 from Advantage USAA Inc. of Spring Branch. Council members acted on a city staff recommendation to award the bid to the local company, noting that municipalities may, by state law, award contracts to local bidders if the bid amount is within 5 percent of the lowest qualified bidder and hires local employees.
Funding will come from a combination of reserve funds and an Oncor grant of $33,000. Oncor has a matching grant program to help municipal governments become more energy efficient. The grant pays for part of the cost of replacing the roof and replacing inside lights.
The roof at city hall is in need of replacement, council members were told earlier.
The total cost of both projects is $109,537, and after the grant is used, the total required from reserves is $76,537, council members were told.
In other business, council members:
• Heard citizen Susan Lewis ask council members to consider having adults-only swim sessions from 7-10 p.m. at the Camp Bowie pool.
• Authorized the city to seek bids for the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center.
• Authorized the city to seek bids for the renovation of the coliseum annex building.
• Heard City Manager Bobby Rountree report that city officials have not yet learned whether the city has been awarded a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant of $500,000 to assist with the parks and youth sports improvement project.
• Heard Rountree report that the city has received a letter from Ronald Morrison of Morrison Hydrology Engineering on the FEMA floodplain remapping. There are two general items left in order to finish the City of Brownwood Citywide Flood study, Morrison’s letter stated.
Those items are determinations of the Lake Brownwood flows into the Pecan Bayou in the city and the actual floodplains in the city.
• Heard Rountree report that BNSF may donate property next to the Lehnis Transportation Museum. The property would be used for a mini-railroad exhibit.