Brownwood City Council members agreed Tuesday to reject the sole bid for the construction of the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center and will rebid a redesigned project.

Waldrop Construction’s bid of $496,726 was more than the amount the city has allocated for the construction, council members were told.

The city has $341,818 in budgeted funds, and changes proposed by Waldrop will change the scope of the project beyond the limits allowed by law without rebidding, the council was told.

Council members had initially considered awarding a bid at their Sept. 11 meeting, but followed a recommendation from city staff to table action until officials could meet with representatives of the Brown County Humane Society and the construction company and discuss ways to reduce costs.

Plans call for building a 3,600-square-foot building on property next to the existing building on Milam Drive. The Humane Society planned to combine $100,000 of its funds with $262,000 from a city certificate of obligation issued in 2002, officials have said. Some of those funds have been used for architect fees.

In other business, the council:

Heard Mayor Bert Massey read a proclamation declaring Fridays as Red Shirt Days in remembrance of our military troops. Heard Philip Harris, president of Harris Broadband, give an update of his company’s project to build a cable, phone and high-speed Internet network.

Harris said the build-out stretches from north to south Brownwood with a few area left to complete. He said the entire project should be complete in three to four weeks. The company will begin an Early build-out after the first of the year and then begin working on a Bangs build-out, Harris said.

Authorized city staff to prepare and submit seven project applications for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which will address drainage issues. Agreed to abandon a water line easement at the request of the Walgreen’s Development Coordinator in exchange for a new utility easement along the McCulley Street extension. Approved on first reading an ordinance to close a 70-foot section of East Anderson that connects Brownwood TV Cable and the Brownwood Board of Realtors, and is currently used as a parking lot. Approved a variance to the city’s curb and gutter requirements along Schroeder Lane. Approved a change order for the 14th Street and Stephen F. Austin Waterline project that reduces the contract price by $886. Accepted the waterline project as complete. Ratified the mayoral appointment of council member Carl McMillan to the Animal Shelter Building Committee.