The city of Early will become the new home of the Ranger College School of Cosmetology once its lease ends at its current location in downtown Brownwood.
City of Early Administrator Tony Aaron said the school of cosmetology would move to Early Boulevard, adjacent to Weekly Watson’s once its current lease expires.
“Ronald Gee’s development, which is right next to Weekly Watson’s, he has a lease agreement with Ranger College,” Aaron said. “They are going to move their cosmetology training over there. That’s in downtown Brownwood and they’re going to move it out there.”
Aaron estimated the college currently serves 80 students and will move its classes to the former location of Alliance Ambulance, Inc. Although public colleges and universities are typically considered a not-for-profit, Aaron said the city of Early will receive additional revenue as a result of the move.
“They’re taking the whole space. That’s going to be their cosmetology school,” Aaron said. “It’s going to be a lot of students, a lot of traffic. There are some sales taxes that comes with that and property tax because they don’t own the business. There is a lot going on there. They will take anybody that walks off the street and I know there are some nursing homes that take their clients their to get hair cuts.”
Mayor Robert Mangrum said he is pleased to see another business decide to call Early home and hopes Ranger College enjoys the upgraded amenities.
“It’s a step up for them. That building is more than 100 years old,” Mangrum said.
While excited to get another revenue generator within city limits, Aaron seemed equally excited to announce the city’s progress on its wastewater treatment plant. In April the city opened its new $6 million wastewater treatment plant. At the time of its opening, Aaron estimated the wastewater treatment plant would save Early $1,000 per day by treating its own wastewater instead of having the city of Brownwood treat it, as Early had previously done. The new facility is also unique in that the treated water is not redistributed into a local body of water. Instead, it will go to water a city-owned hayfield, which Aaron announced the city is in the final step in finalizing an agreement.
“We plowed it under just before we got the rain so it did really, really well,” Aaron said. “… We will be going back, probably, in the first part of September, plow it one more time to get the seed bed ready, then fertilize with probably a winter crop and come back and run a field cultivator over that.”