Patterson to take oath of office at Council meeting

After operating for over one month without a complete Council as set by the Brady City Charter, the City Council will administer the oath of office to newly elected City Councilman Billy J. Patterson tonight in regular session. Running unopposed for Place 1 on the Council, Patterson received 184 of the 199 votes logged at City Hall. The remaining votes cast went to write-ins in the special election held last month. A two-year resident of Brady, Patterson will fill the position vacated in November by Larry Sharp’s resignation. In other business, the Council will consider and act on entering into contract negotiations with Millersview and Doole for water purchase. Both communities have expressed an interest in purchasing water from the City of Brady following the installation of the proposed water treatment plant at Brady Lake. Another action item to be addressed by the Council is a resolution for traffic detour during the Texas Department of Transportation’s project at U.S. Hwy. 87 on the south side of the courthouse square from Church Street to South Bridge Street. Other action items include: ‘Consider and act on accepting a contract with Dan Sefko to update zoning maps and ordinances; ‘Consider and act on resolution of the City of Brady, authorizing signatures for implementation of the Texas Community Development Program Fund Grant, Contract No. 719089; ‘Consider and act on accepting recommendations of the Airport Board on selection of engineering consultant for TxDOT CSJ No. 0123 Brady Airport Project. Ordinances on the agenda are: ‘Second reading of an ordinance authorizing a 10-year lease agreement of airport property to Texas Aerocolor, Inc.; ‘First reading of an ordinance authorizing a 10-year lease agreement of airport property to the Brady Economic Development Corporation; and ‘First reading of an ordinance authorizing water service outside the city limits for Billy Turner at 3005 North Bridge. Following an executive session pursuant to 551.074 of the local government code, the Council will consider two additional action items to either accept or reject the city manager’s recommendation for a new fire chief and purchasing agent. Both positions have been open following Merle Taylor’s (previous city purchasing agent) promotion to Brady City Manager and previous fire chief Jonathan Weidemann’s resignation which was tendered late last year. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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