Brownwood City Council members approved building improvement incentive grants for four downtown properties Tuesday totaling $44,814.
The council in approving the grants ratified earlier action by the Brownwood Municipal Development District.
The grants are for:
• Jason Johnson property at 112 W. Anderson — $11,812. The property, the former location of That Crane Store, is being remodeled fur use as a screenwriting business for a future tenant.
Improvements include roof repairs, replacing of rotten wood and brick mortar, exterior paint on the front of the building, installation of a new fire house door and repair and resealing of exterior windows.
• Mike Hall property at 807 Center — $798. The property houses four businesses eligible improvements include exterior paint and ceramic tile work on a backsplash.
• Jessie Hamilton for Hamilton’s, 500 Center — $12,213. Improvements include changing existing track lighting to LED, replacing torn awning with canvas awning, painting building trim and water repair.
• Jeff Tucker for the former Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods building at 100 Fisk. Improvements include demolition of the 1940s-era portion of the building and asbestos abatement.
In other business, council members:
• Authorized staff to go out for bids to replace the HVAC unit that services the downstairs area of City Hall. The estimated cost is $64,000, and funds would come from reserves with a budget amendment at the end of the year.
• Authorized a lease agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management for city vehicles, which includes a full maintenance and maintenance management agreement.
Last month, council members held a workshop and received a proposal from staff regarding a program through Enterprise. Through the program, the city will acquire vehicles through a lease rather than purchasing them through the normal budget process.
This will allow the city to replace vehicles in a more timely manner, which reduces maintenance and fuel costs and allows the city to receive a larger amount of equity out of the sale of vehicles after a set replacement period, council members were told.
The proposal anticipates the eventual replacement of the entire fleet of 113 aging vehicles with a new fleet of 98 vehicles over five years. The first installment will take place in the 2018-’19 fiscal year with the city committing to a lease of 33 vehicles, including 13 in the police department, at an average cost of $22,021 per vehicle, council members were told.
Lease payments for the first year of the first installment are budgeted at $148,400. Annual payments for the next fours years will be $21i7,400 a year. Total payments over five years for the first installment will be just over $1 million. At the end of five years, the 33 vehicles will have an estimated value of $291,300, leaving a net cost of $726,700. The city may then trade in the vehicles, leveraging the trade-in values to drive down the cost of the next set of vehicles, council members were told.
Mayor Stephen Haynes said maintenance will be performed by Enterprise-approved private shops.