Council approves construction bids after swearing in Jones

Swearing to faithfully execute the duties of Place 4 on the Brady City Council, Barbi Jones took the oath of office Wednesday morning during the regularly scheduled city business meeting. During the meeting, the Council approved adding Mrs. Jones as an authorized signatory on the city’s bank accounts. “Every Council member should be on it,” said mayor Clarence Friar. “It’s a pretty good job to have to write all of those checks, and it’s difficult for one member to find the time to do it all.” In a unanimous decision, Councilman Matt Mills was voted to hold the position of mayor pro tem, succeeding Councilman Donald Barley who previously held the position. In other business, the Council voted to approve the bid submitted by Dennis Vickery Construction for road base material for the street department. The material sought for the job is the same substance material used for the run-way and taxi-way at Curtis Field Airport. The bid approved was for $4 per ton of base material. The material will be stocked and utilized as needed by the street department. In the addendum added to the agenda, the Council voted to approve Darnell & Dixon Construction’s bid of $39,868 for a sewer improvement project on South Bridge Street between Shuffield Nursing Home, No. 2 and Brady Floors. The project is necessary for the construction of Brady’s newest restaurant located in that area, Down Home Country Cookin.’ According to city manager Merle Taylor, the property owners have put money in escrow to help pay for the project’s completion. In addition, he added that the sewer line improvement project will be beneficial to future development in that area. The bid submitted by F.C. Construction of San Angelo to modify the old McCulloch Electric Co-op building located on South Elm Street was turned down by the City Council Wednesday morning. The bid offered several different solutions for the modification project that ranged from roughly $100,000 to $207,000. The general opinion of the Council was that the bid was out of line and exceeded the cost anticipated. Councilman Mills made a motion to send the ordinance request to rezone Block 7, Stanburn Addition located behind Lone Star Barbecue from Type A’dwelling to Type D’commercial for the purpose of a parking lot back to the zoning committee for approval. Questioning whether or not all of the property owners in the area received proper notice of the request to rezone, Councilman Barley added, “It appears after looking at the map that several of the residents who should have been notified weren’t.” As of Wednesday afternoon, Chuck Dalchau, owner of Lone Star Barbecue, had rescinded his request to rezone the property. In the only remaining ordinance, the Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance authorizing restricted prior service credit to employees who are members of the TMRS. In closing, Taylor added in his city manager’s report that city employees are busy preparing the upcoming budget. He also added that several members of the Council will be traveling to Seymore on June 12 to look at a water treatment plant similar to the one proposed for Brady Lake. Taylor stated that 15 new golf carts were received last week at the Brady Municipal Golf Course and that the landfill scale installation is in the process of being finalized. Also, the steel framework at Hangar C at Curtis Field has been erected and water and sewer lines have been completed.

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