Brenham City Manager Carolyn Miller speaks to the
city council on Thursday about a funding request
from the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County to
make security improvements.

The City of Brenham will provide assistance to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County to improve security.

The Brenham City Council voted today (Thursday) to provide $15,000 to the club so it can purchase a comprehensive security system.  The additions include video surveillance, access control for doors and an alarm system. 

Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Stephanie Wehring said these upgrades are much needed.

The contribution from the city matches $15,000 already set aside by Washington County in its 2023 budget.  Wehring said the funding will help the club get the system in place, and the club will take on upkeep and any ongoing maintenance and upgrades thereafter. 

Wehring said the county’s Information Technology Director, T.J. Harris, did a walkthrough of the Boys & Girls Club facility last summer and provided a quote for the security system.  She said he will help implement and oversee the system.

In a letter written by Wehring to the city last month, Wehring noted the potential for grant opportunities as a result of this collaboration, such as one for exterior perimeter fencing. 

City Manager Carolyn Miller said the city understands how important the safety is of its children and the adults who care for them.

Also at today’s meeting, the council approved a resolution approving the city’s participation in opioid litigation settlements with Allergan, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.  The resolution allows the city to receive an allocation of funds through the companies’ settlement with the Texas Attorney General.

City Attorney Cary Bovey said the overall dollar amount to be paid to the city is roughly $51,000 split between the four defendants.  Bovey said there are parameters for what the money can be used for, but the guidelines are “very broad”.  Finance Director Stacy Hardy said no settlement money has come in yet, but the Attorney General’s Office does have the city’s direct deposit information.

In other action, the council:

  • Accepted a bid from Waller County Asphalt for type “D” hot mix asphalt.  The bid was the lowest of two bids received and came in at $100 per ton delivered to the job site, $90 per ton picked up from the provider, and $2,500 plus material cost for emergency delivery.  This is a $16 per ton increase from the city’s previous contract with Waller County Asphalt. 
  • Approved a digital marketing agreement with Madden Media for digital marketing and programming for the Visit Brenham Destination Marketing Organization.  Visit Brenham has contracted with Madden since 2018.  Madden’s quote reflects a cost not to exceed $105,000.  
  • Approved a second change order to the service agreement with Bassco Services, Inc. related to the design, construction and installation of the fuel farm at the Brenham Municipal Airport.  The change order is in the amount of $20,051.
  • Approved a consulting agreement with HUB International for employee benefits consulting services beginning April 1st through March 31, 2024 in the amount of $3,500 monthly or $42,000 annually.
  • Approved a resolution repealing and rescinding a previous resolution concerning a letter of credit agreement and associated documents regarding the city and Municipal Gas Acquisition and Supply Corporation (MuniGas).  Per the agenda packet, the letter of credit agreement authorized in July was to allow the city flexibility to manage cash through the changing environment, but the city executed a contract in October with Energy Transfer that would allow the city to purchase natural gas directly from the physical supplier, making the letter of credit with MuniGas no longer necessary.
  • Passed a resolution authorizing the selection of Terracon as a professional service provider to provide special environmental services related to federally funded infrastructure projects associated with the General Land Office CDBM-MIT programs.
  • Accepted the Fiscal Year 2022 audit from Seidel Schroeder.

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