Brownwood City Council members want to explore a fellow councilman’s suggestion that the city can build a restroom facility at Trigg Park for less money than the $45,000 cost of buying a precast restroom.
An action item at Tuesday’s council meeting call for council members to consider approving the purchase of a precast restroom for $45,000 through a purchasing cooperative known as Sourcewell.
Before the council voted, City Manager Emily Crawford said councilman H.D. Jones had come to her with an idea. Jones said he believed a restroom could be built for less money in a project that would include Jones doing tile work for no charge and councilman Ed McMillian installing plumbing at no charge.
Jones owns Jones Carpets, and McMillian owns a plumbing business.
City Attorney Pat Chesser said even if the two men waive their fees and do the work at no charge, the city has to make sure there is no conflict since they would be prohibited, as council members, from entering a contract to do work for the city.
In other business Tuesday, council members approved an extension in the closing date in the sale of the old central fire station to Bill Ruth because of issues with the title work.
Due to no fault by with the city or Ruth, the title work has taken longer than expected, Chesser said. The amended contract extends the closing date to 40 days beyond the original March 21 closing date or 30 days after a survey is completed, whichever is greater, Chesser said.