Brownwood City Council members awarded a $194,904 bid Tuesday to Big Country Waterworks of Brownwood for the purchase of materials for new water mains as part of a water improvement project.

The bid is for materials only, with backfill and labor coming from the current budget. The project is scheduled to begin in January at Ninth Street and Coggin Avenue.

The project was expected to be the final one of Texas Water Development Board Phase II money, but it came in under bid, leaving about $188,000 to do additional projects, City Manager Bobby Rountree told council members.

Atmos will replace some utilities in the same areas in coordination with the city’s work schedule, and the city’s Street Department will repair or rebuild the streets in the area as necessary.

In other business, council members:

• Heard Rountree report that a water main broke Monday afternoon with the loss of 2 million gallons of water. The 16-inch main, one of the original mains in the city, broke along Avenue I between 13th and 14th streets and has been repaired.

• Agreed to cancel the second regularly scheduled city council meeting in December (Dec. 22).

• Amended an ordinance on second and third readings establishing the closing hours for Riverside Park and authorizing the city manager to determine if the hours for special events are to be extended.

• Declared three city vehicles surplus property and authorized advertising the vehicles for sale. The vehicles are a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus with 130,000 miles, a seized vehicle used by the Police Department; a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria with 160,000 miles used by the Police Department’s criminal investigation division; and a 1996 Westex body with a pump and foam system previously used on the Fire Department’s rescue truck.

The body has been removed from the cab and chassis to accommodate refitting the cab and chassis as a booster/brush truck.

• Ratified mayoral appointments to the Airport Board — Brad Locker and Carter Sharpe; Audit Committee — Chuck Boland; Civil Service Commission — John Gilger; Electrical Review Board — Glenn Smith, David Shero; Parks Board — Larry Mullins, Charles Lowe; Planning and Zoning — Kent Comolli, Rick Newton; Transportation Board Museum — Frank Hilton; Zoning Board of Adjustment — Ken Harris, Floyd Mueller, Priscilla Monson; Brown County Appraisal District — Carl McMillan.