Locating and locking in the best possible rates with an electric supplier struck home Tuesday night when the City Council committed to a company that will furnish the City of Brady with its electric needs for the next three years. City Public Services of San Antonio, the supplier the City has optioned to go with, contains a larger component for a fixed price. The bid submitted by CPS was considerably lower than a similar one submitted by West Texas Utilities. The Council did add that prices are not completely fixed. Prices can go up or down according to the rise and fall in fuel prices. In that bid submitted, City Public Services agreed that in the event that fuel costs fluctuate to a high level, the company will take part of the load of increase. The Council will enter into negotiations for a final contract. In another action item associated with the City’s electric needs, the Council voted to table the item that would have had the Council deciding whether or not to enter electric competition. The item will be addressed in the next meeting to ensure that the Council views the item through proper channels as a resolution. Advancing forward with the proposed water treatment plant, the Council took the next step in ensuring the consolidation of the two water sources. The Council approved the resolution authorizing the approval of the city’s contract with Texas Water Development Board. The contract obligates the City to the $6 million interest free loan payable in a 30-year term. Councilman Larry Sharp chose to abstain from voting on the issue based on his personal conflict with property located in the Millersview community and the water sources exact availability to that area. Another item that earned considerable debate was the second reading approving the ordinance adopting the 2000-2001 fiscal year budget. Included in the budget is the estimated purchase price of a new fire truck for the Brady Fire Department. After a lengthy discussion, all councilmen agreed to terms that in the event the full amount needed to purchase the vehicle was not accessible, the Council would consider a lease purchase agreement with either Brady National Bank and/or Commercial National Bank. Keep Brady Beautiful stepped in as a prime target of allegations and controversy Tuesday night as a handful of meeting attendees suggested the organization’s focus surfaced around personal gain. In a request to obtain temporary use of a dump truck, front-end loader and chipping machine and $2,500 to aid the organization’s yearly funding, local business owner Chuck Dalchau raised considerable argument stating that because the recent property purchased by KBB was transferred into an individual’s name, the clean-up and use of city-owned equipment and city-paid employees was a perfect example of personal gain. He questioned why the City should step in and help with a clean-up project aimed at improving personal property. “You’re asking for my tax money,” said Dalchau. Since organized, KBB has purchased five properties all across the community for upwards of $5,000 in back taxes. On behalf of KBB, Doris Williams responded to the concerns expressed in the meeting stating, “Twenty-five hundred dollars is not a lot of money to ask for when you consider the work and money we have already put into this project.” Mrs. Williams also added that the group has obtained four roll-off dumpsters from Community Sanitation at a cost of $875 for both days during the event. The company furnishing the roll-offs anticipates approximately 40 loads carried off the premises lined up for demolition. At a cost of $375 to dispose of each load, the City could save over $13,000 by allowing KBB and its volunteers to jump in and head the clean-up process. Mrs. Williams also added that it will cost KBB $1,800 to remove the tire debris illegally dumped in the area. “I think if the response is there and the help is there, the City should do something about it,” said Mrs. Williams. “The $2,500 is to continue the efforts of KBB for the next year and will be used to help with the Bee Street clean-up project. “We’re not asking the City to help us clean up our own back yards. We can do that ourselves. This is property that the City doesn’t have to pay to clear off.” She went on to add that all operating costs will be documented as well as all money coming in to fund the organization. KBB has obtained the legal services of an Abilene-based firm to handle the books for the organization. Following the decision to approved the use of all machinery and personnel requested the Council suggested that the organization bring their request for $2,500 in funding back to the Council at a later date. In the early minutes of the meeting, the Council discussed the contact with the City’s local cable provider, Classic Cable. With the contract expiring in approximately one year, the Council, which previously appointed Councilman Sharp and Bill Ricks to review the current contract and research other possible cable directions, voted to have a consultant firm proceed with reviewing other options that best suit the economic concerns of the City of Brady. Classic Cable representative Vickie Flowers attended the meeting on behalf of the company and addressed the Council with concerns to the City’s cable intentions. “It would make a little more sense to sit down and discuss what the City wants and what can be provided,” said Mrs. Flowers. “I think to spend $10,000 now is premature.” In agreement with Mrs. Flowers, Sharp suggested that the City hold off on obligating the $10,000 in consultant fees until both parties had the opportunity to discuss what would be offered and available with an extended contract. Councilman Jesse McAnally added, “I think we still ought to put it [$10,000] in the budget. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s got to be spent.” The Council agreed to proceed with the consultants to ensure that the City is made aware of the best available options and also agreed to meet with Classic Cable to discuss the pretext of a new contract. In other business under the request of City Manager Gary Broz, the Council voted to reject bids for installation of a truck scale at the City landfill. If approved, the action item would have put the City $5,000 over budget. With a five-to-one vote in favor of allowing the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce to continue its organizational efforts with the Jubilee carnival, the Council chose not to get involved with the event and ensured that no attempt would be made to capture any proceeds. In a previous meeting, the City Council voted to table the action item that would have the Chamber splitting its carnival proceeds with the Brady Youth Sports Foundation. Councilman Donald Barley voted in opposition of the other Council members stating that in his opinion the money should benefit the Brady Youth Sports Foundation. In another action item, the Council voted to accept the bid from Wayne Sires to lease the marina, campgrounds and pavilion at Brady Lake. In his bid, Sires agreed to pay for all utilities, insurance and up-keep around the facilities as well as pay $400 to the City of Brady in the lease agreement. The Council proceeded with the approval of a chlorine and sulphur dioxide bid submitted by Paul Carrol Industries of Abilene for $21,880. In the last action item of the meeting, the Council voted to approve the 2000-2001 budget for the McCulloch County Appraisal District. The budget calls for an annual payment of $12,657.72 from the City of Brady to fund the organization through the next fiscal year. In the ordinance category, the Council: ‘ Approved the third reading of an ordinance setting speed limits for school zones and one-way streets within the Brady city limits; ‘ Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending park fees at Richards Park from $4.50 to $7.50 per night’s stay; ‘ Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending cemetery fees (purchase of lots) to $250 for residents living inside the city limits and $325 for residents living outside the city limits; (opening and closing of graves) $250 on normal workdays inside the city limits and $300 on Saturday and holidays (no Sunday services or Monday services before 10 a.m. shall be allowed); ‘Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending solid waste landfill fees from $4 per cubic yard to $9.50 per ton (trash, rubbish, brush, leaves, etc.); from $4 per cubic yard to $16.50 per ton for commercial business use; and from $4 to $22.50 per ton for service to residents and businesses located outside the city limits; ‘Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending EMS fees to $285 for basic services; $350 for advanced life support; and all mileage charges from $3 to $5 per mile; ‘Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending water rates from a residential base meter charge of $5 to $7.50 per month; and a commercial base meter charge of $6 to $8 per month with the same breakdown of escalated usage.