The first step towards adding several hundred homes to the Brenham City limits was taken during the city council meeting today (Thursday).

A public hearing was held concerning the proposed annexation of approximately 87 acres of property along the Highway 36 Loop near the U.S. 290 intersection.

No citizens spoke during the hearing.

Stylecraft Builders filed a petition to be voluntarily annexed into the city. Representatives from Stylecraft have said the development would include approximately 300 single-family homes ranging from $170,000 to $240,000. The public hearing marked the beginning of the annexation process. An ordinance will come to the city council in the future, along with the proposed rezoning to a Planned Development District.

In other business, the council approved professional service agreements related to the May 2016 storm recovery effort.

An agreement with O’Malley Strand Associates was approved for $360,100 for storm damage repairs to the Wastewater and Water Treatment Plants. An agreement with Gunda Corp. was also approved in the amount of $285,888 for storm damage to the raw water intake at Lake Somerville.

The council also approved the purchase of eleven pieces of equipment for various city departments. Previously, city staff shared with the council the major equipment needs which were up for replacement according to multiple departments’ five year capital plans. The total price for the equipment is $1,918,081. The new pieces of equipment include: a loader, paving machine, compactor, double drum, bucket truck, tandem dump, water truck, street equipment trailer, trackhoe, and tub grinder.

The council decided to table a proposed addendum to the contract for city participation in the rotation log for non-consent tows. A representative from B&B Automotive voiced concern over the proposal, saying his business has been treated unfairly. While Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman said the department treats all tow companies on the log fairly, Councilwoman Mary Barnes-Tilley proposed tabling the issue so the council could look into the grievances thoroughly.

The council also:

  • Accepted a $15,000 donation to the pet adoption center from Angela and Bob Knauss
  • Approved a contract will Lim Services for $96,912 for janitorial services for various city facilities
  • Authorized the submission of a grant for the police department conversion to the National Incident-Based Reporting System
  • Authorized the purchase of rifle equipment to the police department, using seized narcotics funds
  • Appointed Mary Barnes-Tilley and Sharon Brass to the Brenham-Washington County Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Board
  • Held a work session on the creation of a Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District near the downtown area
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