The City of Brownwood will receive a state grant of $275,000 to replace failing sewer lines in the Bluff View Estates subdivision near Northwest Elementary School.
City officials distributed copies of a letter at Tuesday's Brownwood City Council meeting in which the Texas Department of Rural Affairs informed Mayor Stephen Haynes of the Community Development Block Grant.
The grant requires a local match that will include labor and engineering work and a payment of $27,500 to the West Central Texas Community of Governments, to administer the grant ensure federal and state administrative guidelines are met, council members were told.
The city ranked second out of 36 applicants for the grant.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2012 and take 60 days. Roads will be rebuilt using street funds after the project is complete.
In other business, the council:
• Watched as Cary Perrin with Keep Brownwood Beautiful presented an award to the sanitation and landfill departments. The award recognizes the departments' environmental contributions and their efforts to assist Keep Texas Beautiful and its affiliate, Keep Brownwood Beautiful.
• Heard local physician John Dunn suggest ways to honor Brownwood firefighter Lt. Shannon Stone, who died July 7.
• Approved on second and third readings a negotiated resolution between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee regarding the company's request for a rate hike. Atmos sought a $15.7 million rate increase, which was reduced to $6.6 million through negotiation. The increase will add 31 cents a month to the average residential customer's bill, and 88 cents a month to the average commercial customer's bill.
• Authorized City Manager Bobby Rountree to execute an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to temporarily close portions of Austin Avenue, Fisk Street and Bluffview Drive during the Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
• Approved an ordinance on first reading adopting the 2011 National Electric Code.
• Approved a resolution to update the city's Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan. The changes to Stage 3, which has not yet been implemented, include reducing hours for outside watering to 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Addresses ending in an odd number will be permitted to water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Even-numbered addresses will be permitted to water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No outdoor watering will be permitted on Monday.
• Amended the City's ordinance regulating emergency medical services to clarify that any emergency medical vehicle performing non-emergency transfer of patients is subject to the city's licensing ordinance.
The council also amended the ordinance to clarify that the EMS provider who contracts with the county and/or the city to provide EMS is not subject to the city's licensing ordinance. This will not change EMS in Brownwood but will ensure that anyone seeking to operate an ambulance service in the city must first get a license with the city, City Attorney Pat Chesser said.