Brownwood City Council members said goodbye to their retiring city secretary Tuesday and welcomed her replacement.
Jan Kaase, who is retiring after a 30-year municipal career — including nearly 10 years as Brownwood city secretary — attended her last council meeting Tuesday. Friends and family members turned out for a surprise reception in her honor outside the council chambers.
Also Tuesday, council members moved quickly to appoint Christi Wynn, who has been working as City Manager Bobby Rountree’s secretary, as the new city secretary.
The council acted on Roun-tree’s recommendation to appoint Wynn, who has been a city employee since 1999. Wynn is a 1992 graduate of Brownwood High School.
A few minutes after Wynn’s appointment, the council chamber doors opened and a large group of Kaase’s friends and family members stepped inside, surprising her. City staff and council members had kept the reception a secret from her.
Kaase’s municipal career has spanned the cities of Brownwood, Comanche, Haltom City, Palestine and Seagoville.
“I can’t believe you guys pulled this off. I don’t know what to say,” Kaase said at her reception.
In other business, council members:
• Approved 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.
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.
• Approved an ordinance on second and third readings to close Brown Street from Austin Avenue to Depot Street.
• Approved 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.
• Approved a change order of $64,297 to the contract with Little Manufacturing for work at the Brownwood airport. The original contract amount was for $177,777 which paid for repaving the runways. The project is funded by a state grant that requires a 10 percent city match.
The bid price for the original contract was less than the state estimate, and the city has $6,700 in escrow to use as a match for the change order.
The change order amount is $64,297. The City's share is 10 percent, which has already been paid. As a result of the change order, the contractor will pave both taxiways and the ramp area in front of the terminal.