Brownwood City Council members approved a contract Tuesday to sell treated water to the Zephyr Water Supply Corp. The contract will now go before the Zephyr board for consideration.

The contract the Brownwood council approved calls for a sale price of $1.86 per 1,000 gallons, and the city estimates it would sell 100 million gallons annually to Zephyr, Brownwood Interim City Manager Pat Chesser said.

Zephyr currently buys its treated water from the City of Early.

The Zephyr entity would borrow about $1 million in state funds to build a line that would tie onto the Brownwood water supply system, officials said.

“We’ve been going back and forth (in negotiations) for a long time,” Zephyr said.

Richard Gist, business manager for the Zephyr Water Supply Corp., said the board will discuss the price as well as “two or three other items.”

“I believe (the proposed price) is more than we had originally talked about,” Gist said. “The price would be a consideration. We need to take a look at that along with the engineer and the lender. We’re just going to have to look at it.”

In other business Tuesday, council members gave final approval to four zoning requests, including one that will allow a 25-home development on Riverside Park Drive.

Property owner Bob Garrett proposes to sell lots and build patio homes along the banks of the Pecan Bayou.

The proposed homes will be 1,500 to 3,000-plus square feet and will have selling prices starting around $125,000, Cody Gotcher, speaking on behalf of Garrett, said during a break in the council meeting.

The zoning will change from R-1, Single Family Residential, to R-1B, Patio Home Residential.

Also Tuesday, council members:

Approved changing the zoning from R-3, Multi-Family Residential, to C-1, Local Business District, at 1509 Beaver St. Cooper Mitchell requested the change to build a welding shop. Approved changing the zoning from R-1, Single Family Residential to C-1, Local Business District at 1303 19th St. Chris DeLeon requested a zoning change for 1303 19th to build a restaurant. The restaurant will not be allowed to sell alcohol because of its proximity to a residential district. Approved changing the zoning at Stephen F. Austin and Calvert from MH, Manufactured Home/Mobile Home, to C-1, Local Business District. Ronnie Blasingame requested the change for the development of an assisted living facility by a potential buyer. Approved an agreement with Stewart GEO Technologies Inc. of San Antonio for citywide aerial photography. The anticipated cost is $126,510.

The agreement will provide new digital aerial mapping and that is used by all Public Works Division areas as well as other city departments. Consultants who conduct city projects such as a new master drainage plan need that type of information for a more accurate project, council members were told.

The city’s existing aerial photos and maps are from 1995 are outdated, council members were told.

Approved a request by the Gypsy Motorcycle Club to close Riverside Park July 20-22 for a benefit event. The club is part of an international organization and expects 350 to 400 at the Brownwood event. The event benefits the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association and Toys for Tots. Received a petition from the Brownwood Municipal Police Association seeking designation as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for all of the non-exempt employees of the Police Department. Approved a listing agreement for city property at 501 E. Commerce.