The contract of Brenham City Manager James Fisher will be up for discussion Thursday at the Brenham City Council’s next meeting.

City Manager James Fisher explains the processes behind the creation of the city's 2021-22 budget at a town hall meeting on August 11th.

Councilmembers will first take up talks on Fisher’s employment agreement with the city in executive session before acting upon it in open session.

The council last addressed Fisher’s contract in October 2020, when it extended the agreement for one year through January 10, 2022.  The council also approved an increase to Fisher’s annual salary from $162,464 to $166,000, up approximately 2.17 percent.

Fisher has served as Brenham’s city manager since January 2018 after replacing Terry Roberts, who spent 17 years in the position before retiring.  Before coming to Brenham, Fisher was the city manager in Forney, Texas.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council will seek to issue notice of its intent to issue Series 2021 certificates of obligation for no more than $10 million, including bond issuance costs.  The certificates of obligation for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year budget cover general government, wastewater and water system utility projects.

According to the agenda packet, the general government projects total $4.25 million and include $84,500 for fire apparatus, $350,000 for improvements to city hall, $744,000 for street equipment, $619,000 for in-house street reconstruction/rebuild and $1.7 million for contractor street and drainage improvements.

Wastewater utility improvements of $2.24 million include two new lift stations and sewer force main improvements.  The $3 million in water utility improvements are for the Lake Somerville intake structure.

City staff will handle securing the pricing for the certificates of obligation and bring the item back to the council for action on December 2nd.

The council will also consider:

  • Ordinances on their second reading adopting the budget for the new fiscal year and levying property taxes at $0.4940 per $100 valuation.
  • Issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) for professional administrative services and requests for qualifications for engineering, architectural, surveying or other services related to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
  • Grant agreements for an airport master plan and airfield lighting project for the Brenham Municipal Airport.
  • A resolution accepting TxDOT’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) comprehensive grant for traffic enforcement October 1st through September 30, 2022.
  • An amendment to the construction agreement between the city and Techline Construction, Inc. for the copper conductor replacement and power line rehabilitation project.
  • A revision of an interlocal agreement between the city and Washington County for the provision of subdivision regulations by the city within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the municipality.

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

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  1. City of Navasota is looking for a new City Manager since theirs retied. Maybe he will move on like he normally does to another city job in Texas some where else.

  2. Hope the council listens…here lately so called leaders throughout the country seem to answer to something other than citizens who elect them

  3. What! New contract and a raise??
    Wake up!!! This guy is anti Brenham! Anti business! Anti people! Wolf in sheep’s clothing! He is spending more money than Brenham has, and cares nothing about Brenham!
    Maybe Brenham needs a recall to get rid of the council, for not doing their job?

  4. Wondering when They roll out the Red Carpet for Fischer before he arrives to accept his raise in salary?? since he is treated like royalty from the “Leaders” Hoping that they pack up his bags and ship him out of town.

  5. Hopefully the so called newly elected council members will keep their promise and do their jobs and save us tax payers some money and get rid of this walking lawsuit.

    1. Atwood, Leah, Shannon, Adonna, Clint you have lots of supporters. We can’t settle for mediocrity.

      Trust me the future will be much brighter.

  6. Anxiously waiting to see how this meeting goes… This contract review will be the topic of the day. If they approve another pay increase I will be one at the ER due to having a Stroke

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