Brownwood City Council members voted Tuesday to award bids for the excavation and construction of a new landfill cell and for three new police cars.

Council members awarded a $2.7 million bid to Ranger Excavating of Austin to excavate and construct Cell 11 at the landfill.

The bid is lower than the engineering estimate of $3.3 million, resulting in a savings of $570,979 from the city’s original projections, an agenda item briefing sheet states.

The bid does not include fuel costs, which are estimated at $800,000. It also does not include engineering costs, which are estimated at $211,500.

Council members awarded a $68,232 bid to Big Country Ford for 2009 Ford Police Interceptor cars. The amount includes a $4,500 trade-in allowance.

Philpott Ford of Nederland submitted a quote of $67,812 on a state bid contract - an amount slightly smaller than the Big Country bid. State law allows a city the size of Brownwood to accept a bid from a local bidder even if it isn’t the low bid, as long as the local bidder is within 3 percent of the low bid, council members were told.

In other business, council members:

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings creating a Transportation Museum Advisory Board for the City of Brownwood.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings to reflect the correct width of an abandoned alley known as “Andrews Alley” from 10 feet to 15 feet in width.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings adopting the 2008 National Electric Code.

D. Consider and ordinance on second and third readings establishing a stop sign southbound on Looney Street at McCulley Street.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings establishing no parking on both sides of Looney Street from McCulley Street to McCulley Extension and along both sides of McCulley Extension from Looney Street to Main Street.

• Approved an ordinance on first reading to add and delete neighborhood parks owned by the City of Brownwood.

• Approved an ordinance on first reading establishing a 20-mph School Zone along Melwood Avenue between West Baker Street and Anderson Street.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings changing the Zoning Code of the City of Brownwood regarding billboards, off-premise signs and other signs, including digital billboards and signs.

• Approved an ordinance on first and final reading amending the Civil Service Employee salary and position upgrades.

• Approved a resolution denying a rate increase request by Oncor Electric Delivery Company.

• Approved FY 2007/2008 budget amendments.

• Approved a resolution requesting the Texas Legislature and the Texas Congressional Delegation to encourage recycling and recovery of invested energy stored in recyclable materials.

• Approved a grant agreement with TxDOT’s Aviation Division for a Routine Airport Maintenance Program Agreement.

• Approved an agreement and deed to transfer property owned by the city and the BEDC to Texas State Technical College - West Texas.

• Awarded an engineering proposal to Hearn Engineering, Inc. for renewal of the Waste Water Treatment Plant discharge permit.

• Ratified Mayor Bert Massey’s appointment of Fire Chief Del Albright as the city’s emergency management coordinator.