It’s now ‘Ed Davenport Civic Center’

Two-time Brady city mayor Ed Davenport was recognized by current city council and mayor as they voted unanimously in a special meeting Tuesday morning to rename the Heart of Texas Civic Center to honor the civic leader’s dedication and contributions to the local community over the years. Davenport was first elected mayor of Brady when the Civic Center was erected in the late 1970s. He donated his time and equipment both in his elected position and as a local businessman and citizen. To be renamed, Ed Davenport Civic Center, the facility will soon undergo minor changes to either the sign on the building or the entrance to the facility; however, “that hasn’t been determined yet,” according to city manager Merle Taylor. “Davenport helped early on to draw business to Brady,” he said. “He has been an avid supporter of the community for many years and continues to support area businesses and churches.” Davenport’s most recent contribution came in the amount of $50,000 which he placed in escrow for an irrigation well for the proposed golf course expansion. According to Taylor, the sizable donation is “well over” half of what the Brady Golf Course Association would have had to raise for funding the well which will be drilled at 2,500 feet to tap into the Hickory water supply. In other business Tuesday morning, the city council approved a proclamation designating April as “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month” in Brady. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, affecting more than one million people in the United States. Clinically, the disease is characterized by a decrease in spontaneous movement, gait difficulty, postural instability and rigidity and tremor. Linda Duncan, support group leader with Central Texas Parkinson’s Chapter in Brownwood, addressed the city council in a letter requesting that the proclamation be considered for approval. An item that didn’t receive approval in Tuesday’s special meeting was John Bucy’s request that the city council include the paving of the entrance to his proposed subdivision located southeast of the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital. The property, which is currently undeveloped, is located just north of the Highland South Addition The council chose not to approve Bucy’s request based on the fact that the subdivision is not developed enough for the city to authorize taxpayer money to pay for any paving. Taylor explained that before the city can assume ownership of streets and takeover upkeep, the developer is responsible for installing water, sewer and gas lines and building the streets.

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