Brownwood City Council members quickly agreed Tuesday morning to approve an Eagle Scout project by Garrett Ellis of Troop 14 at the three city parks where splash pads are installed.
Ellis plans to install benches near the splash pads at Trigg, Mayes and Allcorn parks.
“I’m doing this to help the citizens of the town, for grandparents and parents to have a place to sit while to kids are playing and to ensure their safety,” Ellis told council members.
Ellis said he is working with Ratliff Steel on the project.
City Public Works Director David Lundy introduced Ellis and his project to council members, saying Ellis thought up and developed the project and presented it to Lundy as a possible project to fulfill the community requirement for the rank of Eagle.
Lundy said he signed as the beneficiary approving the project for the city. Ellis “sought out details and specifications from the city engineering and parks departments to refine his project,” Lundy told council members.
“This is not a city project. … the city is furnishing guidance to assure the benches and locations observe the governing requirements, codes and ordinances.”
Lundy told council members it would be obvious Ellis has “done a lot of work and planning for this proposal that will benefit the citizens of our city.”
In an unrelated matter, council members approved a $20,000 Building Improvement Incentive Grant to Brim Investments LLC to help pay for renovations to the former Trigg building at 112 E. Baker.
Brim has bought the building, which is being remodeled for a future tenant — Red Gap Brewery of Cisco, council members were told.
A bid submitted by HUB Construction outlines that extensive exterior and interior renovation will include the creation of a patio/porch with railing, new windows, new doors, decorative iron work, construction of two rest rooms, installation of a keg fridge, construction and installation of a bar area and new electrical service, council members were told.
The council in approving the grant ratified earlier action by the Brownwood Municipal Development District board, which approved the 50 percent matching grant on Dec. 4.