The City of Brownwood will receive another $3 million worth of improvements to streets, parks and facilities.
    City Council members voted 3-2 Tuesday to give, at their April 26, meeting a notice of intent to issue $3 million in Certificates of Obligation to fund the improvements. Council members debated whether to issue $2 million or $3 million in Certificates of Obligation, and decided in the split vote on the larger amount.
    Council members could issue the bonds on June 14 and having funding available on July 12.
    Mayor Stephen Haynes and some of the council members noted there was not a big difference in the cost of issuing either amount $45,000 for the $2 million amount and $55,000 for $3 million. The $3 million issuance would fund all of the projects on the list provided cost estimates are fairly close, council members were told.
    The bonds will have a 15-year payout and an average annual debt service of $285,000.
    Preliminary projects include:
    • Residential street list.
    • Fourth Street.
    • Gordon Wood Stadium Drive and visitor side striping.
    • Soccer complex — additional parking and bleachers.
    • Making up potential shortfalls in skate park construction and shortfalls in Cecil Holman Park improvements.
    • HVAC and lighting replacement at the Law Enforcement Center.
    • City Hall improvements.
    • Good Shepherd drainage structures.
    • Depot and Harvey House wood repair and painting.