Brownwood City Council members awarded a $54,320 bid Tuesday morning to the Bruner Auto Group for the purchase of two Chevrolet Tahoes for the Brownwood Police Department.

The Brownwood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have traditionally purchased sedans for patrol operations, council members were told.

Industry changes to the body style of sedans however, have created a risk of injury to officers and those being transported.

Diminished space at the rear doors have made placing combative and/or intoxicated subjects into the rear seat of a sedan more difficult and has increased the risk of physical injury if a struggle were to ensue. Last year the department began a process of transitioning to Chevrolet Tahoes because they have proven to be the best option for law enforcement.

Budgeted funds included a total of $60,000 for two vehicles, equipment and graphics.

In other business Tuesday, council members:

Approved on first reading an ordinance to close a 12-foot-wide alley at 1111 Morris, beginning at Morris and continuing northeast for 103 feet. Ronald Ellis wanted the undeveloped alley abandoned so he can build a house on his vacant lot.

Consider an ordinance on second and third readings to change the zoning classification of properties along Golding Road from 3507 to 3617 from C-2 General Business District to MH Manufactured Home/Mobile Home District.

Approved on second and third readings a negotiated resolution between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division, regarding the company's rate review filing.

Atmos sought a $22.7 million rate increase based on what the company said was a revenue deficiency of $25.7 million. Following negotiations, about $6 million was shaved off the requested rate increase.

The new rate will mean an increase of 74 cents a month, or $8.88 a year, for the average residential customer, and $2.16 a month, or $25.92 a year, for commercial customers, City Attorney Pat Chesser said earlier.

Approved a mayoral appointment of Ray Tipton and reappointment of Michael Cloy to the Parks and Recreation Board.

Approved first reading budget amendments for the fiscal year 2012-'13 that budget amendments. The budget amendments represent a net increase in expenses by $144,629.

Heard reports on topics including Proposition 6, the State Water Plan, on the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election. City Manager Bobby Rountree said he urges people to vote for the amendment.