Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton stood at the beginning of Tuesday city council meeting, announced it was his boss’ 60th birthday and led a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”
If City Manager Bobby Rountree was surprised, he hadn’t seen anything: Moments later, the door to the council chambers opened and his wife, Jana, helped deliver a birthday cake.
Rountree took plenty of ribbing about his vertically-challenged stature — but “he’s one of the biggest men we know,” City Attorney Pat Chesser said.
Rountree said he’s had a good, open relationship with the city council in the year and a half he’s been city manager.
The surprises weren’t quite over as Rountree opened a gift delivered to him at his city manager’s seat on the dais: a booster seat.
“I’ve always been told it’s the thought that counts,” Rountree said.
The council then got down to business. The council:
• Approved an ordinance on first reading to annex 6.7 acres of right-of-way on the Bangs Highway into the city. The annexation is at the request of the Texas Department of Transportation and does not involve any personal property.
• Accepted a quitclaim deed for various properties from Brown County and Brownwood Independent School District.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings establishing traffic control signs at various locations throughout the city.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings establishing a loading and unloading zone only on a portion of the 200 block of East Baker Street beside Victory Gymnastics.