The reorganized Brownwood City Council will deal Tuesday with matters related to the interim city manager and a potential project that would bring a Walgreen’s and an Arby’s restaurant to Brownwood.
The 9 a.m. meeting at City Hall will be the first with three new council members — H.D. Jones, Jerry DeHay and Carl McMillan.
Council members will take up the interim city manager and economic development matters in executive session, and details were not included in the media agenda packet.
Pat Chesser has been holding the dual titles of interim city manager and city attorney since November.
In other business Tuesday, council members will consider hiring an electrical contractor to install electric meters on the city’s warning sirens in preparation for the sirens’ reactivation.
The council requested quotes from contractors on the cost of making the sirens operational. The city has received a quote from Pecan Valley Electric but has not received quotes from Emison Electric, Weldon Wilson and Three Rivers.
According to a letter from Mike Medcalf of Pecan Valley Electric, Oncor has said it will be necessary to install electric meters, as flat rate billing is not available. Pecan Valley Electric’s quote for installing the meters is $7,825.
If a siren motor needs bearings, it would cost $2,000 for each motor, Medcalf’s letter states.
“We think that most if not all of these sirens will run without rebuilds as there has only been one motor failure since they were installed by us in early 1987 and it was caused by pigeons nesting in the horns,” the letter states.
Additionally, the siren on the south side of the hospital is leaning. Pecan Valley Electric suggested two solutions: replace the pole for $4,300 or add an anchor and guy-wire, and replace the controller pole, for $850.
The entire agenda follows:
1. Call to order
3. Items to be withdrawn
4. Introduction, announcements and recognitions
A. Introduction of Carl McMillan by mayor.
1. Issuance of certificate of election by mayor.
2. Oath of office.
B. Recognition of Brownwood Police Department officers.
5. Approval of minutes
A. Minutes of regular meeting of May 8, 2007.
B. Special called meeting of May 15, 2007.
6. Claims and accounts.
7. Consent agenda
A. Council may consider the temporary closure of Brown Street between depot and Austin Avenue on May 25, 2007 for First Baptist Church of Brownwood.
B. Council may consider on first reading an ordinance enacting a new code of ordinances book.
C. Council may consider a resolution authorizing the Brownwood Police Department to submit a grant application to participate in the Texas Department of Transportation Click it or Ticket program.
8. Requests and presentations
A. Council may approve and authorize the mayor’s signature on a contract by and between the City of Brownwood and the Texas Department of Agriculture.
B. Council may consider the selection of an architect for a Texas Capital Fund project (Barr Fabrication LLC).
C. Council may consider authorizing staff to engage a contractor to install meter bases to the emergency sirens, test the sirens and make any necessary repairs to the sirens.
A. The mayor may appoint, subject to council ratification, a committee to review bank depository bids.
The mayor may discuss council committee appointments.
C. The mayor may appoint, subject to council ratification, a new member to the city’s Building and Standards Commission.
A. Council may consider authorizing the utility department to seek competitive bids for the purchase of a half-ton pickup.
B. Council may consider authorizing the utility department to seek competitive bids for the rental of static pipe busting equipment.
12. Citizen presentations — To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the City Council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item. The citizen may request, or the council direct, the subject matter be formally placed on the next regular council agenda. All presentations may be subject to time limitations.
13. Executive session.
The City Council may convene into a closed executive session, pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings Law, Chapter 551, Govt. Code Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated, in accordance with the authority contained in the following sections:
Section 551.088 — Economic development matters.
A. Discuss participation by the BEDC and the city in a proposed economic development project for Walgreen’s and Arby’s.
Section 551.072 — Sale or lease of property.
A. Sale or exchange of property located at 501 E. Commerce.
Section 551.074 — Personnel matters.
A. Interim city manager.
14. Action as a result of executive session.
The City Council may take any action as a result of the executive session.