Brownwood City Council members will consider an ordinance Tuesday that authorizes pay for policy academy recruits who will then be obligated to work for the Brownwood Police Department for two years.

If council members approve the ordinance, the city will pay recruits’ academy tuition and pay a monthly salary of $2,300. That won’t apply to every person in the academy — just to those who will fill existing vacancies, police and city officials said.

Officials said it’s a way to try to increase the number of police applicants. Police have had trouble filling the four vacancies currently in the department. Numerous other communities in Texas are using the program, officials said.

Locally, the program has several details to be ironed out, Police Chief Virgil Cowin said Friday.

The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall.

The entire agenda follows:

1. Call to order

2. Invocation

3. Items to be withdrawn

4. Introduction, announcements and recognitions

5. Citizen presentations — To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the City Council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item. The citizen may request, or the council direct, the subject matter be formally placed on the next regular council agenda. All presentations may be subject to time limitations.

6. Approval of minutes

Regular meeting — Nov. 13, 2007.

7. Claims and accounts

8. Public hearing

A. Council will hold a public hearing on the closure of two alleys in blocks 2 and 3 of the Garrett Addition to the City of Brownwood and First Street between Schroeder Lane and Willis Creek.

Upon completion of the public hearing, council may further consider an ordinance on first reading regarding the closure of the above referenced alleys and First Street.

A. Request council ratification of BEDC Board of Directors action, re: loan for Kennedy Tire Company.

B. Presentation of petition to close and abandon First Street from Schroeder Lane to Willis Creek and two alleys. Council may further call for a public hearing regarding same.

9. Consent agenda

A. Consider approval of the annual Jaycee Christmas Parade to be held on Nov. 30, 2007, beginning at 6 p.m.

B. Consider the temporary closure of Center Avenue from East Baker to Chandler Streets on Nov. 30, 2007, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. for community celebration in conjunction with the Christmas Parade.

C. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings changing the speed limit on market Place Boulevard from 30 mph to 40 mph beginning 1,450 feet north of Clements Street to Houston Street.

B. Consider a resolution authorizing city infrastructure participation in Banks on the Bayou Addition.

10. Ordinances and resolutions

A. Resolution designating city-owned property and surplus and authorizing the disposition of same.

B. Consider an ordinance on first/final reading amending the classification of police officers by identifying patrol division and non-patrol division positions and adding police recruit positions.

C. Consider an ordinance on first reading establishing a Park and Recreation Advisory Board and setting their duties and responsibilities.

11. Agreements and contracts

A. Authorization of mayor’s signature on a vendor agreement with Area Agency on Aging of West Central Texas Council of Governments.

B. Ratification of mayoral appointment of a council representative to the EMS Advisory Oversight Committee.

12. Reports

A. General reports.

13. Adjournment.