Brownwood City Council members on Tuesday will take up the matter of the city’s franchise agreement with Brownwood Television Cable, which is going out of business.
The 53-year-old company announced last week it will close its office on Sept. 11 and turn off the service on Sept. 14.
The cable provider is closing because of “reduced income and loss of customers,” general manager Karen McMillan wrote in a letter to City Attorney Pat Chesser.
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The entire agenda follows:
1. Call to order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Items to be withdrawn
5. Introduction, announcements and recognitions
6. Citizen presentations
Any citizen who desires to address the city council on a matter not included on the agenda may do so at this time. The city council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item. To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the council respectfully requests that prior to addressing council that each person submit a citizen presentation form that is located at the entryway to the council chambers, stating your name, address, and topic of presentation. All presentations are subject to a five minute time limit.
7. Approval of minutes: Regular meeting - Aug. 25, 2009
8. Claims and accounts.
9. Public hearing
A. Council shall hold a public hearing on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll by 2.55 percent by adopting the proposed tax rate of $.7452 per $100 valuation.
10. Requests and presentations
A. Council may consider ratification of the action of the Board of Directors of the Brownwood Economic Development Corp. regarding a loan for KJD Enterprises, Inc.
11. Consent agenda
A. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings amending the FY 08/09 Police Department budget by allowing use of $10,000 in cash reserves as a local match for a $20,000 CJD/BJA grant to purchase two digital radio repeaters with a total estimated cost of $30,000.
B. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings amending the FY 08/09 Operations Support Department budget by allowing the use of an additional $15,537 in cash reserves for costs associated with replacing the City Hall roof and interior lights.
12. Agreements and contracts
A. Consider approval of Amendments 02-18 and 02-19 to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Contract for Community Care Programs and Home Delivered Meals for the West Central Texas Area of Agency on Aging. Also consider approval of Governing Authority Resolution authorizing the mayor as the official designated signatory.
A. FEMA floodplain remapping.
B. Old Southwest Appliance building — 101 North Center.
C. Old Boy Scouts building
D. City Hall roof
E. Special City Council meeting Sept. 15, 2009
14. Executive session
The City Council may convene into a closed executive session, pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings Law, chapter 551, Government Code Vernon’s Annotated, in accordance with the authority contained in the following section:
Section 551.071 - consultation with attorney
A. Termination of the Brownwood Television Cable Service, Inc. franchise agreement.
B. Alcohol permit for Food Plaza #9 located at 2800 Southside Drive.
C. Termination of 211 acre agricultural land lease adjacent to the Havins Unit.
15. Action as a result of the Executive Session
A. The City Council may consider the termination, relinquishment or revocation of the Brownwood Television Cable Service, Inc. franchise agreement.
B. The City Council may consent to the assignment or sublease of the land lease or consider termination, relinquishment or revocation of the land lease.
C. The City Council may take any other action it deems appropriate from the executive session.