Council amends meeting date to Wednesdays

By James Stewart With slight modifications to the original ordinance, the meeting times of the Brady City Council is one reading away from moving to a daytime schedule. After a brief discussion among councilmembers and a clarification by Mayor Clarence Friar of what days the meetings could be held, the council voted unanimously to amend the ordinance. The amendment will change council meetings to the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting change will also be accompanied by a change in the meeting time for the audit board to Tuesdays at noon. The first reading of the ordinance had the meetings scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. Pending the third and final reading of the ordinance, council meetings will be moved to the new time on Wednesday. The item that was discussed for the longest amount of time Tuesday, night was a discussion with Council of Governments representative Marc Mata about a comprehensive economic development strategy. According to Mata, the COG is working to develop this economic plan with the aid of the cities and counties that are members of the 15-county group. “What we want to do is develop a living document that can be changed as it is needed,” said Mata. “This plan is something that will tell COG what it is that is needed by Brady and McCulloch County to further economic development. The way in which that is done is through an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the city that are identified by the council. What we do on COG’s behalf is aid in a long term action plan and provide whatever support is necessary to assist in getting from point A to point B.” According to Mata, the plan he and COG will develop is due to be submitted in July. He asked the council to consider what is needed or desired to modify the current plan and resubmit those findings to him by early June. The council openly agreed to work to provide the needed information and develop a plan. In the action items for the evening, the item considering and appointing a member to the Brady Economic Development Corporation was tabled pending further research into possible candidates. The council approved a resolution that allows the police department to submit a grant request that could possibly provide video equipment for two police vehicles. The council also approved the rescheduling of the regional aerobatics competition that was postponed due to poor weather conditions. The new dates will be May 17-20. While acting upon a boat dock transfer request, councilman Donald Barley suggested the council amend the city charter to alleviate the requirement of having formal hearings for simple transfers of ownership. The council agreed and will address that ordinance and make the necessary changes. Both rezoning requests on the agenda were approved on their second readings. The first reading of and amendment to ordinances dealing with peddlers within the city limits drew some discussion about what constitutes the definition of a peddler. Councilman Barley suggested that the way in which the ordinance was worded left the city in the position of passing an ineffective ordinance. The council agreed that the wording needed review and passed the ordinance on the first reading with the stipulation that the wording be clarified. The ordinance, copied almost verbatim from San Angelo, will be reviewed and the wording will be adjusted to ensure that it will perform in the manner in which it was intended. In the City Manager’s report, Merle Taylor informed the council and audience that the city was expecting a rough draft from Jacobs and Martin Engineering by the end of this week highlighting the proposed work that would be required to fix streets in the city of Brady. Taylor also recapped the current status of the ongoing project on Hwy. 190 West and informed the council that bids were being sought for the renovations of the old McCulloch Electric Building. The meeting closed with Brady resident Tommy Beard of Heart of Texas Towing asking the council to follow through with their intentions to raise the fees charged for wrecker service. According to Beard, the council has been discussing this issue for six months and he pleaded that they proceed post haste. The next council meeting will be Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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