Brownwood Council moving forward with addition of walking trail

Rick Phelps Special to the Bulletin
The City of Brownwood has been approved for a grant to construct a two-mile walking trail in the area of the sports complex. The path is highlighted in red in this site plan.

Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree praised public works director David Harris and staff engineer Jodie Kelly during Tuesday’s meeting of the Brownwood City Council.

“We have received notification from Texas Parks and Wildlife that we have been awarded $200,000 for the walking trail,” Rountree said. “I want to give kudos to David and Jodie for all of their work on this. This is a grant they have been working on for about five years.”

The two-mile Camp Bowie Walking Trail will extend from the south parking lot of the middle school to the Massey Sports Complex and the aquatic center, pass alongside the new soccer complex, behind Gordon Wood Stadium and through Festival Park. Connections will also be attached to both foot bridges. The city’s portion of the $5.25 million in federal grants, which was awarded to 38 cities, will fund the 8-foot wide concrete trail, which will include crosswalks at Calvert and Milam, as well as benches and signage.

Rountree said the next step in the process will be environmental and historical reviews of the area to check for “potential impacts to cultural and natural resources.” Upon completion of the reviews, a representative from TPW will view the site and proposed work to be completed with the grant funds. The award letter received by the city states the earliest an agreement can be reached for the walking trail project will be October.

An ordinance, on first reading, was also approved for traffic control devices on the new road between Home Depot and Riverside Park, an extension of Market Place. The design of the new road will require a stop sign for northbound motorists on Market Place Blvd. and Market Place Extension; a stop sign for eastbound motorists on Market Place Extension at Riverside Park Drive and a traffic signal at the intersection of East Commerce and Riverside Park Drive/Opal Drive.

In other business, the council

• Approved the reappointment of Dr. James Blair Hayes to serve as the city’s public health authority

• Approved auditing services be awarded to Krischke CPA, PC for three years at an annual cost of $38,000. Rountree pointed out the fee for services has been the same since 2008.

• Approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Stephen Haynes to sign contracts, on behalf of the Brownwood City Council, with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

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Rick Phelps is news director at KOXE.