Chamber meets with Council concerning speed boat races

In preparation for upcoming speed boat races scheduled this summer at Brady Lake, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce will address the City Council on Wednesday with a request to section off a quarter-mile area for the event. Meeting in Council Chambers at 10 a.m., the Council will consider giving the Chamber permission to rope off the section from the Brady Lake marina to the northwest side of the dam. According to Brady City Manager Merle Taylor, “The area up Bear Creek from the marina will be open to the public for recreational activities during the event.” In another action item on the agenda the Council will act on a resolution to authorize the mayor and city manager to contact small water systems with a letter of intent. “We would like to get some indication from these smaller water supply districts as to whether or not they want to participate in our water treatment plant,” explained Taylor. “The letters of intent are necessary to determine the capacity of the proposed Brady Lake water treatment plant.” At the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council will consider refusing two requests for rezoning inside the city limits. The first is a request from Jim Ellison to rezone 1110 South High Street from Type A’ Dwelling to Type C’Neighborhood Services, and the second request is from Prentice Smith to rezone Block 82, Crothers Addition from Type A’Dwelling to Type H’Mobile Home District. Ellison’s request is to introduce an animal grooming parlor at 1110 South High Street while Smith’s rezoning request was to allow for a mobile home. In another action item, the Council will consider and act on a resolution to request for proposal qualifications for performance contracting services. In a statement issued to the Brady Standard-Herald Monday morning, Taylor stated that this item will allow engineering companies to implement a guaranteed cost reduction energy efficiency program for the City of Brady. Also, the City Council will consider appointing Alan Bojorquez to serve as city attorney. “We feel like we need to appoint someone that specializes in municipal law,” explained Taylor. “We feel like Mr. Bojorquez has the qualifications to fill the position.” Hailing from the Austin area, Bojorquez practices with the firm of Biggerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kevor and McDaniel, L.L.P. Ordinances on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting are: ‘ The first reading of an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 791, golf course fees; ‘ The first reading of an ordinance declaring unreasonable noise ( loud music which causes distress, discomfort or injury to persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate facility, excessive noise from an automobile, etc.) to be a nuisance, prohibiting the same and fixing a penalty; and ‘ The first (and final) reading of an ordinance as authorized under Section 1201.028 Texas Government Code authorizing the issuance of $3,000,000 “City of Brady, Texas combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation, series 2002;” authorizing the sale thereof; enacting provisions incident and related to the issue. According to Taylor, the item, which will ultimately allow for a city-wide street repair project, can legally be approved on the first and only scheduled ordinance reading. Other ordinances include: ‘ The second reading of an 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; and ‘ The second reading of an ordinance authorizing water service outside the Brady city limits as requested by Fred Nuncio at POW Camp (208 Private Road). Following the ordinances and action items, the Council will convene into executive session to consult with an attorney regarding contemplated litigation on economic development issues. The meeting will adjourn following council comments and reports from the city manager and city secretary.

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