Bulletin Staff Report

A resolution authorizing the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce to apply for a $10,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture’s matching fund reimbursement program will go before the Brownwood City Council Tuesday morning.

The grant will help leverage dollars available within the community to promote the Brownwood Reunion Celebration, one of the city’s largest tourism events. The funding would come through the department’s GO TEXAN Rural Community Hometown STARS Program.

The city council will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Brownwood City Hall.

According to a briefing memo prepared for council members of City Manager Bobby Rountree, the program will reimburse communities for half of their promotional costs up to $10,000. The STARS program is for communities with experience managing tourism programs and a budget that will accommodate the matching dollars required.

The resolution would certify that the chamber of commerce is eligible to receive the grant and authorizes Tourism and Marketing Manager Emily Crawford, on behalf of the chamber, to execute the requirements of the contract.

The entire agenda follows:

1. Call to order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Invocation

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 Items to be withdrawn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 - May 26, 2009.

8. Claims and accounts.

9. Consent agenda

A. Consider authorizing the city manager as the authorized official for the 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice grant administered through the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor.

B. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings to close a 36-foot street located in Outlot 237, Acres 1.31 and Outlot 235, Lot 430x163, also known as Brown Street, from Austin Avenue to Depot Street.

10. Ordinances and resolutions

A. Consider a resolution adopting changes to the Personnel Rules and Regulations.

B. Consider a resolution on a Texas Department of Agriculture grant to the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce to help with the Brownwood Reunion Celebration.

C. Consider an ordinance on first reading ratifying and authorizing the installation of certain traffic control signs with the City of Brownwood.

D. Consider an ordinance on first reading establishing a “loading and unloading zone only” on a portion of the 200 block of East Baker Street beside Victory Gymnastics.

11. Agreements and Contracts

A. Consider authorization of mayor’s signature to execute a change order for additional paving and marking of airport taxiways.

12. Appointments

A. Consider appointment of the City Secretary.

B. Consider a resolution amending authorized representative to sign TexPool (Texas Local Government Investment Pool) transfers.

13. 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 Section 551.087 - Deliberations Regarding Economic Development Negotiations

A. Deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a retail business prospect.

14. Action as a result of the executive session.

15. Adjournment.