The Brenham City Council will meet on Thursday to discuss two contracts concerning the upcoming city council election.

Four positions on the Brenham City Council will be up for election this year- Ward One and Three, as well as At-Large Positions Five and Six. The incumbents in those positions are: Ward One, Keith Herring; Ward Three, Andrew Ebel; At-Large Position Five, Mary Barnes-Tilley; and At-Large Position Six, Gloria Nix.

The council will discuss a contract between city and Washington County. The election services contract will outline what the city and/or the county is responsible for during the election process.

Also related to the May 6th election, the council will discuss an inter-local agreement between the city of Brenham, Brenham ISD, and Blinn College.  As it has been done in the past, the City, BISD and Blinn will all contract with Washington County to hold the 2016 election. The joint election agreement addresses various issues related to the election and outlines what each entity will be responsible for during the election process.

The council will also discuss the purchase of a new discharge spreader truck. The truck will replace a 1999 model. Two bids were received for the truck, with Herrmann International submitting the low bid. The truck was previously budgeted at $166,000 and the low bid came in at $166,400.

The city council will also discuss the submission of a grant application that will help Brenham Police convert to an incident-based reporting system. The Texas Legislature mandated that all agencies move away from summary reporting to incident based reporting. The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division is accepting applications from local law enforcement agencies to upgrade technology infrastructure to allow for and support incident-based reporting to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In other business, the council will consider approving the issuance of multifamily housing revenue bonds by the Washington County Housing Corporation for the Northview Village Apartments Rehab project. The Brenham Housing Authority is moving to close the modernization project at Northview village, and will use the bonds to help finance it.

The council will also enter an executive session to discuss the possible lease of the city-owned property at 110 W. Vulcan Street in Brenham.

The Brenham City Council will meet at 1 p.m. in the second floor council chambers of City Hall.

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