Bricks that were removed during a renovation of the Vine Street Underpass in Brownwood about 16 years ago will find new life — as part of a memorial wall or walkway in Cecil Holman Park.
    Brownwood City Council members agreed Tuesday to declare up to 200 bricks, which have been in storage on city property, as surplus property that will be donated to Revitalizing Our Community (ROC).
    ROC is partnering with the city and raising funds to renovate Cecil Holman Park. The improvements will include new playground equipment and pavilions, and ROC plans to sell engraved bricks for use as walkway or wall, council members were told.
    The renovation of the 60-year-old, 3-acre park is off Cordell and Hall streets and next to Austin Avenue.
     Renovations are hoped to include landscaping, installation of a splash pad in the area that currently consists of a ball field, new rest rooms, a putting green named in honor of the late Walt Williams, canopies over the playground equipment and increased parking, ROC members said earlier.
    In business Tuesday, council members:
    • Held a public hearing on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll by 5.4 percent by adopting a tax rate of 74.63 cents per $100 valuation. There were no public comments at the hearing.
    • Approved the Meet and Confer agreement between the city and Brownwood Professional Firefighters Association for the 2016-’17 fiscal year.
    An agenda items for approving an agreement between the city and the Brownwood Municipal Police Association was withdrawn because the BMPA has not approved the agreement.
    • Agreed to pay a maximum of $12,000 to 1 Source Technical Services to repair an air conditioning unit at the Brownwood Coliseum. City staff requested quotes from four companies and received quotes from 1 Source Technical Center and Roberts and Petty.
    1 Source had the lower quote.