Council hears ‘weighty’ issue, approves bids for scale install

By Amanda Howell Short two members, the Brady City Council met Tuesday night in regular session to deliberate a short list of four action items and five ordinances. Prior to the nightly meeting, the Council met Tuesday in Council Chambers for a 2:30 p.m. special session to discuss a proposal from the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce to promote the G. Rollie White Complex. The Council reviewed the proposal completed by the Chamber and made suggestions for minor adjustments. If a final proposal is approved by the City Council in the near future, the Chamber will begin its promotional campaign to bring increased activities to the multi-functional facility. Another item addressed in the special session was a set of architectural drawings for renovations to the old McCulloch Electric Building. The blueprints presented to the Council were merely a rough draft; however, the architect requested an approval of the first stage drawings before advancing with the final blueprints. Because not enough City Council members were present for a full quorum, no action was taken to approve the drawings. According to City Manager Merle Taylor, city crews have repainted several of the offices that don’t require any remodeling. “We’ve put some walls up that were not related to the structural integrity of the building,” said Taylor. “The additional walls were primarily installed in the EMS area to accommodate office personnel. “All of this was done without any modification to the structural integrity of the building. This was based on an original blueprint approved by the Council many months ago,” explained Taylor. The City Council began the nightly meeting with the approval of a bid submitted by Don Aarons of Rochelle for $3,700 for construction of a landfill scale foundation. The bid includes the construction of a concrete foundation that will support the scale once it is installed. In a similar item, the Council approved the bid submitted by Western Way of Abilene for the installation of a used 50-ton scale. The bid for $18,839 includes the purchase of the scale itself, transportation of the scale and installation at the new location. Once installed, the scale will be certified and legal for operation. Both the construction of the foundation and the scale installation are funded through a Concho Valley Council of Government grant. The grant will cover costs up to $35,000. Taylor added that additional costs not covered through the grant will be incurred due to necessary remodeling to the scale house. The work is estimated at $5,000-$6,000 and is budgeted through the solid waste operating fund. In other business, the bid submitted by Berkley Enterprises, Moore Oil Co. was approved by the Council for gas/diesel fuel for city-operated vehicles. In the final action item, the Council voted to amend Section 20 of the City of Brady 1987 Employment Policies and Procedures to adopt a revised employee travel reimbursement policy. Ordinances approved by the Council on their second and third readings were: ‘Second reading of an ordinance rezoning Block 13, Jones Addition

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