Brownwood City Council members approved resolutions Tuesday to apply for $1 million in state grants to help fund the first two phases of a parks and youth sports improvement project.

City staff will apply for:

• A $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help fund the renovation of the Coliseum Annex, requiring a 50/50 match. The annex will be the new home of the Senior Center.

• A $500,000 grant from the same agency to help fund the construction of the Camp Bowie Sports Complex, also requiring a 50/50 match.

The Brownwood Economic Development Corp.’s sales tax proceeds, approved by voters in a May referendum, will be used as the city’s match, according to a council agenda briefing sheet.

Voters approved the use of about $6 million in municipal sales tax proceeds to help pay for the first two phases of the project.

The total cost of Phases I and II is actually $7 million, but members of the Parks Committee have said they’re confident the additional $1 million can be raised through grants, donations and in-kind work.

In other business, council members:

• Approved an ordinance on first reading to rezone 2301 Austin Ave. from R-1 (Single Family District) to CN (Neighborhood Commercial District). The property owner plans to open a photography shop in the front room of the home.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings to close and abandon an undeveloped 15-foot alley in the area of Cottage and Slayden.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings to close and abandon an undeveloped portion of Peach Street.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings regarding the closure and abandonment of a portion of North Broadway, located between Pecan Street and Adams Branch.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings declaring a moratorium on digital signs and billboards.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings establishing a 40-mph speed limit on Austin Avenue, from Roselawn Drive to Willis Creek.

• Declared the city’s responsibility for the upkeep and safety of the U.S. military equipment on display at Camp Bowie Memorial Park at the request of the Department of the Army.

• Approved a resolution suspending the Aug. 8, 2008, effective date of Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s requested rate change.

• Authorized the application for a state grant to purchase a wheel crusher for $28,000 for use at the recycling center.

• Approved an ordinance on first reading designating the Chief of Police as the city’s local Rabies Control Authority.

• Approved an agreement with Krischke and Company, PC for financial audit services.