It will be a busy Tuesday morning for the City of Brownwood, beginning with a 9 a.m. meeting of the city council followed by the long-anticipated dedication of the new $3 million Central Fire Station at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to the dedication of the 14,400-square-foot station, which is located on what had been the “footprint” of the former American Red Cross building. The station is across from the Depot Civic and Cultural Center and is bordered by East Adams, Congress, Greenleaf and East Lee streets.
The dedication will include presentations by the Heart of Texas Honor Guard, bagpipers and drums and a flag-raising, Fire Chief Del Abright said. There will be brief speeches, a hose uncoupling ceremony — “almost like cutting the ribbon,” Albright said — and guests will be invited to escort the fire trucks as they are moved inside the station.
After the ceremony, there will be an open house as guests are invited to tour the new station.
City council: Walking trail grant
In the city council meeting, council members will consider authorizing city to accept a $200,000 state grant to help pay for a 2-mile-long walking trail.
According to an agenda item briefing sheet:
Council members will consider authorizing City Manager Bobby Rountree to enter an agreement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife to accept the National Recreation Trails Grant, which requires a 20 percent city match.
Under the contract, the trail must be completed by June 2018.
The 8-foot-wide trail’s route:
• Begins at Brownwood Middle School.
• Continues along the side of Calvert Road -- which will be reconstructed this summer -- to the new Soccer Complex.
• Continues along South Willis Creek around Gordon Wood Stadium.
• Crosses Milam Drive, pass the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center and around the Bert V. Massey Sports Complex.
• Ends at the large parking lot along Dickman Drive.
Preliminary cost estimates including concrete, asphatl, ADA ramps, handrails, crosswalks, culverts, signage and benches is $445,500. The total is expected to be reduced by designating existing asphalt for the trail and using the sidewalk through the Soccer Complex as dual purpose with the trail.
Funds for the project will come from the street improvement project funded by earlier Certificates of Obligation along with in-house labor, equipment and materials.
Parks and Recreation survey
Other agenda items for Tuesday’s council meeting include a presentation by the Howard Payne University School of Business on the Parks and Recreation Survey.
The city recently asked the public to complete a survey on how city parks and recreation facilities can be improved.