Council to study UCRA proposal

The Brady City Council will convene for the second meeting of the month on Wednesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers. Among the items to be acted upon, the Council will consider a resolution authorizing Mayor Clarence Friar to sign a letter of agreement between the Upper Colorado River Authority and the City of Brady for a Non-Point Source Implementation/Demonstration Grant. The grant will allow for the construction of settlement ponds to catch potentially hazardous waste before it flows into the Brady Creek as runoff water. According to city manager Merle Taylor, a lot of hazardous waste (antifreeze, oil, etc.) gets washed into the streets and has the potential of contaminating Brady Creek. A settlement pond will allow a lot of the pollution to settle and aerate before it gets to Brady Creek. He compared the project to a similar settlement pond constructed in San Angelo to benefit the Concho River. The action item is a formality required to meet several guide lines that the city will be facing in the next year or so in regards to the settlement ponds. The Council will also consider a resolution authorizing the mayor and city manager to sign a commitment to purchase an incode system to allow online implementation by Oct. 1. If approved, the action item will allow for a new accounting system at City Hall. The old McCulloch Electric Co-op building will make its way back onto the agenda as the Council considers awarding a bid for renovations. A handful of bids were submitted to City Hall for the renovation process. Taylor commented, “I think we’ll go to work on it, assuming the council approves a bid.” In a separate item, the Council will act on a resolution authorizing the mayor to appoint the city manager as the Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity Standards Officer and Labor Standards Officer as required by the Texas Community Development Program. As the final action item on the agenda, the City Council will consider rescheduling the July 4 regular meeting in observance of the national holiday. In the ordinance section, the Council will have a first reading of an ordinance amending certain provisions of Ordinance No. 735 and Ordinance No. 742 regulating industrial and commercial gas rates. According to Taylor, the city’s contract with West Texas Gas, Inc. has expired. He stated that with current gas prices at a high rate, the ordinance amendment will more than likely result in an increase in cost with West Texas Gas. In another ordinance, the City Council will have a first reading of an ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 720 which provides for the consolidation of the Brady Fire Department, Brady Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service. Taylor stated that the city wrote the ordinance several years ago to combine all of the departments and allow for one supervisor for the three entities. “The city never filled the head position for the three departments because we didn’t have anyone qualified,” said Taylor. “This is just housekeeping more than anything. We plan to eliminate the ordinance.” In the final ordinance, the council will have a first reading of an ordinance authorizing and allowing TMRS updated service credits. The meeting will adjourn following citizen’s comments and reports from the city manager and finance officer.

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