Brownwood City Council members authorized City Attorney Pat Chesser to negotiate a final settlement with Brownwood Television Cable on terminating the company’s franchise agreement.
The 53-year-old cable service provider will close its office Friday and switch off its service Monday.
Council member Jerry DeHay said the settlement will deal with issues including the final franchise tax payment, letter of credit, removal of poles and “tying up all the loose ends.”
The company owes one last franchise payment tax that does not amount to a great deal, DeHay said.
In other business, council members:
• Held a public hearing on the proposed property tax rate 74.52 cents per $100 valuation. The tax rate is unchanged, but will increase the total tax revenues to the city by 2.55 percent.
The council is scheduled to adopt the tax rate on a first reading on Sept. 15 and on second and third readings on Sept. 22.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings amending the Police Department’s budget by allowing use of $10,000 in cash reserves toward the purchases of two digital radio repeaters. A $20,000 state grant is providing the remainder of the $30,000 cost.
Approved an ordinance on second and third readings amending the Operations Support Department’s 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.
• Heard reports from City Manager Bobby Rountree.
Rountree reported on a meeting city and county officials attended last week to discuss the importance of having the county’s flood plain set at 1,435 feet — 10 feet above the spillway — when FEMA produces its next series of flood plain maps for the area.
Mayor Bert Massey said he has told other officials that he believed the City Council would support a county resolution asking FEMA to set the flood plain at 10 feet above the spillway.
Rountree reported on the old Southwest Appliance building at 101 N. Center. A section of the building’s roof collapsed last month.
Rountree referred council members to an engineering report stating that the building’s structural integrity is questionable. The building can be made structurally safe by repairing masonry above a door, removing the collapsed roof and removing debris from the top of the existing stonewall, the report states.
Rountree said a sale of the building is pending.
Rountree also reported on last week’s demolition of the old Boy Scout building and said the replacement of the roof on City Hall is nearly complete.