Brownwood City Attorney Pat Chesser’s job with the city will change from full time to part time at Chesser’s request beginning Wednesday.

Brownwood City Council members approved the change in Chesser’s job status Tuesday, and reduced his pay by $20,418 for fiscal year 2008-’09.

“This change in status does not mean that my responsibilities as city attorney will be reduced,” Chesser said in an e-mail. “This simply will give me an opportunity to explore representing other municipal clients and gain valuable experience representing a more diverse municipal client base, while helping to reduce the city’s tight budget.”

Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree said Chesser will work part time for a private law firm that represents small cities. He said Chesser will work at least three days a week as Brownwood city attorney.

“Pat asked to try this for a year and see how it works,” Rountree said.

“That’s his idea, what he wanted to try.”

The council will re-view the part-time status on an annual basis, Rountree said.

Mayor Bert Massey said in an e-mail that he, the council and Rountree “support Mr. Chesser’s desire to continue to represent the City of Brownwood while representing other municipal clients. Pat is a very capable municipal attorney and we have confidence the quality of City of Brownwood’s legal representation will remain unchanged.”

In other business Tuesday, council members:

• Approved a resolution to transfer ownership of about 75 pieces of art from the Brown County Hospital Authority to the city.

The hospital authority approached the city’s Art in Public Places Committee with a request to donate the art, ranging from original oils, watercolors and prints, as well as original copies of art, all framed, an agenda item briefing sheet states.

The hospital authority wishes that the art be distributed throughout the city and displayed in public places as the Art in Public Places Committee deems appropriate.

• Allowed Gary Twiford, representing the Lake Brownwood Community Development Council, to present Explorer adviser Lynn Beard with a letter of appreciation and a check for $100 for the Explorers in recognition of their assistance at the Lake Brownwood fireworks show.

• Approved an ordinance on first reading to change the zoning at 2501 Ave. B from MH (Mobile Home Residential District) to R-3 (Multi-family Residential District).

Upon the completion of the above referenced public hearing, council may consider an ordinance on first reading granting the zoning change requests.

• Received a petition to close and abandon an alley located between Home and Penn streets and called for a public hearing.

• Set a public hearing for 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 26 on the final proposed budget.

• Approved a change order to the Downtown Waterline Improvement Contract with Whitewater Construction, Inc. that reduced the total amount to be paid by $27,626.

• Authorized the city to participate in a grant application for the purchase of two repeaters for the fire department. Total cost of the repeaters is $35,000 and the grant requires a 20 percent match, or $7,000. The match amount is included in the proposed budget for the new fiscal year.

• Approved a new solid waste disposal contract and sanitation hauling agreement between the city and Kohler Company.

• Awarded a hunting lease of 212 acres adjacent to the T.R. Havins Unit off FM 45 to Randal Wood of Dallas for $26.18 per acre. Wood submitted the high bid.

• Awarded an agricultural lease for the same property to Jackie Wheat of Early for $15.50 per acre. Wheat submitted the high bid.