A committee put together by a City of Brownwood official is tasked with developing consistent codes and guidelines that will make it more financially feasible for a developer or investor to restore and revitalize some of the older, downtown property.

Tim Murray, director of the city’s development services, told Brownwood City Council members Tuesday about the plans of the Historic Building Review Committee.

The committee consists of local residents Don Morelock, Kim Bruton, Jeff Tucker, David Stanley and Stephen McCrane, as well as Murray, Building Services Coordinator Sonny McGinn and Building Official Jerrold Wilkins. The committee’s first meeting is Oct. 25.

Murray said he and City Manager Emily Crawford began talking about a year ago about ways to revitalize some of those building. Murray attended some classes about the use of codes in restoration of historic buildings. Murray also contacted Fredericksburg officials and asked how they worked with local merchants and developers when dealing with historic buildings.

Murray then worked on putting together the Historic Building Review Committee, which is tasked with developing codes and guidelines that will “meet the life safety issues of the structure while focusing on minimizing th financial impact to the developer/investor,” Murray told council members.

Murray said the intent is to make it “financially feasible” for the buildings to be stored and become homes to restaurants or other businesses.

In other business, council members:

• Awarded a $47,773 bid to Heart of Texas Mechanical to install a 30-ton HVAC unit to service the downstairs area of City Hall. 

• Approved on second and third/final readings the rezoning of property at 2909 Coggin from Single Family Residential to Local Business District.

• Approved the Meet and Confer agreement between the city and the Brownwood Municipal Police Association.

• Approved an ordinance on first/final reading updating the salary, longevity pay and certification for all civil service police officers and firefighters.

• Approved a resolution declaring certain fire department equipment as surplus and authorizing its disposition. The equipment consists of 36 sections of fire hose which are declared out of service because of age and test failures; seven self-contained breathing apparatuses that have exceeded their life span; and the rescue truck, which needs extensive engine and transmission repairs in excess of $27,000.

During the budget process, the fire department chose to sell the rescue truck and buy a used fire engine.

Three sections of the surplus fire hose will be donated to the Brownwood school district, which could use the hoses as door-locking devices in the event of a school shooting, council members were told.