Assistant City Manager Kyle Dannhaus reported to the Brenham City Council at today’s (Thursday’s) meeting that repairing and renovating the restrooms for the live in quarters for the fire department has turned into a much bigger job, costing a lot more money than originally thought.
In a workshop session, Dannhaus said these restrooms were part of the original building, constructed in 1978. He said the normal wear and tear on the floors, walls and fixtures made an extensive renovation necessary and the costs will be well above the $35,000 budgeted for it.
Dannhaus said the current estimates from the local architectural firm of Keese and Associates, indicate the full costs will be much more than that.
City Council member Mary Barnes Tilley asked City Fire Chief Ricky Boeker if there were any accommodations for female firefighters. Boeker said they currently have women firefighters and they simply lock the door when they use the restrooms.
The Brenham City Council will continue the discussion on the fire department’s restrooms.
Dannhaus stated that due to the costs involved, the law required the city to employ an architect.