Brownwood City Council members appropriated $8,675 Tuesday to begin the process of bringing back the weather sirens.
Council members agreed to pay Pecan Valley Electric $7,825 to install electric meters on nine of the city’s 11 sirens. The city will pay the company an additional $850 to repair a leaning siren pole near the hospital. Two of the sirens don’t need new meter boxes because those were never disconnected when the council decided last year to deactivate the sirens, officials said.
With meters installed, Pecan Valley will begin testing the sirens. If any bearings need replacing, the estimated cost is $2,000 for each siren. Emergency management director James Cook said he has been told that the sirens are likely to still be in working order.
In other business Tuesday, council members approved a local film director’s request to close a portion of a city street on July 16 for the filming of a movie.
The council granted Kellen Wilson’s request to close North Broadway between North Fisk and Pecan.
Wilson, of Brownwood, told council members he is filming an independent feature under the name of Swordplay Pictures.
Wilson will film a scene depicting scenarios including a crime scene and a foot chase. Filming will be from July 13-17. The film will be submitted to several film festivals across the country, Wilson told council members.
Also Tuesday, new council member Carl McMillan was sworn into office and was seated with new councilmen Jerry DeHay and H.D. Jones, who were sworn in last week.
In other business, the council:
Approved the temporary closure of Brown Street between Depot and Austin Avenue on May 25 for the First Baptist Church of Brownwood. Approved on first reading an ordinance enacting a new code of ordinances book. Approved the police department’s request to apply for a grant to participate in the Texas Department of Transportation Click it or Ticket program. Approved a contract between the city and the Texas Department of Agriculture for a Texas Capital Fund project at Barr Fabrication to build a 28,200-square-foot manufacturing facility. The application was for $750,000.
The Texas Capital Fund award includes $35,000 for architectural services. The city selected Parker and Associates of Stephenville as the architect.
Approved Mayor Bert Massey’s appointment of DeHay and McMillan to a committee to review bank depository bids. Ratified Massey’s appointment of Mike Blagg to the Building and Standards Commission. Authorized the utility department to seek competitive for the purchase of a half-ton pickup and for the rental of static pipe busting equipment.