EARLY - City council members heard a request Tuesday night from developer and real estate broker Cliff Waddell to consider building a road in an area that could be the location of future businesses.

Mayor Bob Mangrum told Waddell that funding for the road he hopes to see built - connecting Old May Road with U.S. Highway 183 North - would have to be taken up in a future budget.

Waddell said he and the prospective businesses understand that. He said the road, which he hopes would be built through the R&B Brownwood Development Co. property, would help increase the likelihood that the businesses would locate there. He did not identify the businesses.

In other business, council members:

• Heard David Harris express concern about the way city workers have trimmed trees in his and his neighbors’ yards. He said the trees weren’t trimmed properly and asked council members to develop a policy to protect the trees and train city workers in how to trim them.

• Denied a request for a 16-foot variance to the 25-foot setback to place a carport at 109 Bevrodon.

• Approved a resolution for a lease-purchase agreement for a sanitation truck at a cost of $175,000.

• Appointed Wade Kinnin as a director to the Brown County Appraisal Board to represent the City of Early.

Appointed Bruce Stewart and Jeff Greer to the Early Economic Development Corp.

• Appointed David O’Neal and Charlie Powell to the Planning an Zoning Commission.