Merle Taylor, purchasing agent with the City of Brady since 1995 and interim city manager for just over one month, was hired Tuesday night as the next city manager for Brady. The seat has been vacant since former city manager Gary Broz accepted the same position in Port Lavaca last November. Taylor has been a Brady resident since December 1975 when he and his wife, Beth, relocated from the Richland Springs area. Prior to their short stay there, the couple resided in Stephenville where they both attended and graduated from Tarleton State University. They have one son, Brandon, who is a student at Brady High School. Prior to Taylor’s career with the City of Brady, he was employed at Loadcraft for 16 years and worked with the Texaco Distribution Company and a John Deer dealer. First discussed by Councilmen in an executive session Tuesday night, the City Council voted unanimously through an action item to hire Taylor at the same rate of pay as the previous city manager. Also, with Taylor accepting the position, the Council agreed to begin advertising for the now vacant purchasing agent position. The Council also approved pay increases to the city’s electric supervisor, the landfill/street supervisor and the water/gas supervisor. The increase in pay for the three department heads were inadvertently overlooked in October at the beginning of the fiscal year. A resolution adopting Open Records Act procedures was approved by the Council Tuesday night. All open records requests will now be forwarded through Municipal Court Judge Bill Robinett. According to Taylor, “Judge Robinett is very familiar with the guidelines. He’ll hear each request and try to make a definitive answer and then pass the requests on to City Secretary Christi McAnally.” Mrs. McAnally will fulfill the request by which ever means possible and forward the requested information back to the municipal court office. Judge Robinett will be responsible for contacting the individual who requested the information. The recommendation to handle the open records requests through the municipal court was cleared through the Attorney General’s office prior to being presented to the Council for approval. Once Judge Robinett approves the request for open records, the request will then be forwarded to the city secretary, city manager and city attorney for further approval. In other business, the Council approved a second resolution amending Section 24 of the Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse Policy of the 1987 City of Brady Employment Policies and Procedures. The change in policy was at the request of the Texas Workforce Commission. In the final action item of the night, the City Council approved the airport board’s recommendation to allow Texas Aerocolor, Inc. additional rented space in the airport hangar where their business is stationed temporarily. The Council recommended that the city attorney construct a contract allowing for the additional space request. The Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance that called for the rezoning of Block 68 Crothers Addition, also known as 703 Ballou, from Type A’Residential to Type H’Mobile Home District. In another ordinance, the Council approved the second reading of an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 812 regulating rules of procedures, conduct and decorum at meetings of the Brady City Council.