The Brenham City Council will hear a request from a local company to create a reinvestment zone for a commercial tax phase-in incentive at its meeting Thursday.

The company requesting the creation of the reinvestment zone is QuestSpecialty Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial chemical products sold through distributors who resell under private labels to plants, hospitals, schools and other institutional users.

The company, which is located on over 16 acres at 2001 East Tom Green Street, currently employs 160 people and is seeking to add more employees as it is expanding production.  Through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city estimates the expansion will create 30.5 new jobs and an additional $1.69 million in salaries.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council will meet in executive session to consult with the city attorney regarding pending litigation, including:

  • Claims alleged against the City of Brenham by Ricky Boeker, and associated legal matters.
  • City of Brenham v. WTG Gas Marketing, Inc.; Cause No. 37573; 335th Judicial District Court.
  • Roger R. Robinson v. City of Brenham Housing, City of Brenham Police Department, et al; civil action cases, Nos. 1:20-CV-1182-LY-ML and 1:20-CV-1188-LY-ML; United States District Court - Western District of Texas - Austin Division.

The council will also consider:

  • The second reading of the Historic Preservation Ordinance. The second reading includes revisions that would allow downtown historic district property owners to vote on two of the property owner positions appointed by the city council to the Historic Preservation Board.  It also clarifies that the guidelines and standards adopted by the ordinance for approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness shall not apply to building and structure interiors.  It also adds a section that requires the ordinance be reviewed within five years for recommended revisions.
  • Action on a no-new-revenue tax rate, voter-approval tax rate and proposed tax rate of $0.4940 per $100 valuation. If approved, the rate will be considered for adoption at the council’s meetings on September 2nd and 16th.

The council will meet Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Brenham City Hall.

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