A week-long Independence Day “fireworks extravaganza” is being planned in Brown and Comanche counties, with the climax of the holiday week to be the largest aerial production Lake Brownwood has ever seen.
Steven McCrane of Brownwood outlined the regional event Tuesday night before members of the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1, who applauded the efforts of the Lake Brownwood Community Development Council, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Early Chamber of Commerce. But since the fireworks show will be staged on private property at Feather Bay, the water district does not need to issue a permit for the show, officials said.
The three-part fireworks show will begin on Friday, June 29 with the annual Bangs fireworks production. The annual Comanche show will be held on July 4, and the Lake Brownwood show will be held Saturday, July 7.
“These organizations will be promoting the fireworks shows regionally, plus all the activities at the lake,” McCrane said. “There’s a $5,000 budget just for marketing. Then, the $15,000 to $20,000 budget will be the most spent on fireworks at the lake that anyone can remember.”
Atlas Fireworks, the company that has produced fireworks shows at the Brownwood Reunion Celebration, will orchestrate the show, McCrane said.
“This is a strong connection of area organizations coming together,” Ron Watson, community development director for the City of Brownwood, told the board. “The neat thing about this is the regional concept. It’s going to be a week-long extravaganza of people coming to this area, and we suspect they will all come and spend money.”
Owners of boat docks around Lake Brownwood are being targeted with letters inviting them to come to the lake this during this week in particular, McCrane and Watson said. Other promotion is also being done in the Midland-Odessa area, and in other communities within a short driving distance.
McCrane said at least $15,000 in pledges have already been obtained, and that additional sponsors are being sought.
In other business Tuesday, the water board:
Adopted a policy under which lots at Peninsula and Spillway Park subdivisions will be sold by the district. Leases will be limited to five years, a major shift from the previous long-term contracts, and the fee will be set at a figure that’s 6 percent of the full fair market value. That appraisal must have been made within three months. Other policies and deed restrictions were also included. The recommendations came from the board’s real estate committee, and officials thanked surveyor Don King for his work in answering questions from residents as he performed survey work. Approved a request from Blake Holleman of Mountain View Lodge to renew a one-year license agreement for rental of personal water craft, rental boats and related water craft. His current agreement expires at the end of May. Heard water district General Manager John Chisholm report that a pre-construction conference on the water treatment plant will be held May 24. He said bids that have come in for a similar size plant being built in Williamson County to treat water through the conventional process - instead of the membrane plant designed for Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1 - totaled $16 million. That’s higher than the $11 million for the comparable plant here, underscoring the wisdom of using the newer technology. Reviewed information showing how the water level at Lake Brownwood has risen this spring from almost 7 feet below spillway to within 0.1 of a foot of spillway this week. Additional rains forecast in coming days will probably push the level over spillway, Chisholm said. Heard Chisholm report that a test of a water delivery plan that routes supplies in unique ways to customers while the district’s west treatment plant is shut down was successfully tested recently. Chisholm said the west plant will need to be shut down for up to a week during treatment plant construction in coming months while new work is under way.