Council takes steps toward getting Brady’s streets paved

Meeting without Brady City Mayor Clarence Friar, the City Council joined for regular session Wednesday and approved the resolution authorizing the publication of a notice of intent to issue combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation’a resolution that will eventually allow for the $3 million street repair project for the City of Brady. With bids for the project opening Friday (today), Councilman Donald Barley questioned whether the $3 million needed to be increased to $3.25 million. “I would not like to see those bids come in at $3.1 million and have to pay an additional $100,000.’ Other Councilmen didn’t agree with Barley’s request to increase the amount, stating that the $3 million allocated for the project was “top dollar.” “This is a top that we’ve discussed for months,” said Councilman Billy Patterson. ‘However, I don’t want us to get to a point where we start picking and choosing which streets are fixed.” Because the majority of the Council and the city’s engineers felt that the City could come down on the $3 million project and cut corners if needed, the resolution was approved and no changes were made to the $3 million as outlined in the project. The money for the street repair project will come from the 2.861 percent surcharge that will be added to local city utility bills over the next 20 years. Once the item was approved, Councilman Barley clarified that “I’m against leaving it at $3 million, not the street project itself.” In other business and at the request of McCulloch County Judge Randy Young, the Council approved the resolution authorizing an inter-local agreement between Mason County and the City of Brady for inspections of on-site sewage facilities. The resolution is an agreement to complete septic tank and sewer line inspections until McCulloch County is able to provide a certified inspector. Councilman Jesse McAnally will provide the service that is estimated at taking no more than six to eight hours per month over the next six months. In providing the service, the City of Brady will be compensated for mileage and time required for each inspection. “It’s a kind of city helping city process,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Mills who sat at the head of the table in Friar’s absence. “They’ve stepped in and helped us in the past.” Once the county’s inspector receives his state required certification, the county will resume the task of on site sewage inspections. Three ordinances were approved on their third and final readings; the ordinance to approve the cable TV franchise agreement; the ordinance amending all ordinance designated truck routes in the city of Brady and limiting the use of residential streets for truck parking; and the ordinance amending Ordinance No. 567 regulating animals and fowl. The first reading of an ordinance authorizing water service outside the Brady City Limits as requested by Fred Nuncio at 208 Private Road 913, POW Camp was approved on Wednesday. The Council reported that a consulting firm had been notified and the City has received a confirmation letter stating that there will be no problem adding the water meter. “It’s met all the requirements and I recommend that we pass on this first reading,” said Mills. All costs associated with the water meter will be at the expense of the land owner and not the City of Brady. The process will not require any water line extensions only a tap on to an existing line. Another ordinance approved on the first reading was the ordinance establishing guidelines and criteria for granting tax abatement for the City of Brady and for consideration by McCulloch County, the McCulloch County Hospital District and Hickory Underground Water Conservation District, pursuant to Chapter 312 of the Texas Tax Code. Mike Trollinger with the McCulloch County Industrial Foundation addressed the Council and explained that the ordinance (No. 900) was to replace a previous ordinance (No. 834) which was approved and signed by the Brady City Council on Jan. 18, 2000. “This ordinance was only good for two years and it expires this week,” said Trollinger. “The tax abatement is based on the number of new jobs created in the City of Brady.” Renewing the ordinance simply puts the previous guidelines and criteria back in place. In closing the Council gave an update on the City’s audit which is still in the hands of Michael Schaffner and his CPA firm. Schaffner reported to members of the Council that the City audit is currently held up waiting for conformations from governmental agencies but should be forthcoming in the near future.

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