The Brenham City Council approved an interlocal agreement between City of Brenham, Brenham ISD, and Blinn College for the May 9, 2015 elections.
As has been done in the past, all three entities will contract with Washington County to hold the 2015 election. The agreement is also consistent with the terms outlined in the City’s election contract with Washington County approved by Council on December 18, 2014.
Also approved was the order calling a general election on May 9 for the purpose of electing a mayor, one council member for Place 2 and one council member for Place 4, each for four year terms.
Also discussed and approved on its second reading was a repeal of an ordinance for the placement of a stop sign on Chappell Hill Street at its intersection with Stringer Street, and a placement of a stop sign on Stringer Street at its intersection with S. Chappell Hill Street.
Council approved the purchase and installation of a 40 ton HVAC Unit for City Hall. On January 6, bids were opened for the purchase of the HVAC. Seven bids were sent out, and 2 bids were received. The lowest bidder was Brenham Heating and Air, with a bid of $51,000. The unit is scheduled to arrive in 75 days, approximately April 16, in time for the summer season.
Also approved was a Commercial tax phase-in agreement with Blue Bell Creamers and Stanpac, approving the phase in contingent on the sale of the property from Blue Bell to Stanpac. Stanpac is in the process of purchasing a new commercial printing press, the old one being in service since 1975. This purchase would help keep up with the demand as Blue Bell grows in years to come, and will potentially add more jobs over time. Stanpac will retain 150 existing jobs during the first year of operations, with a total payroll of $5,060,000.
The tax abatement does not include the taxes for Blinn College or Brenham ISD.
Brenham Police Chief Rex Phelps accepted TXDOT’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant for Impaired Driving Mobilization during the specific periods of December 19, 2014 through January 2, 2015, March 7 through March 22, 2015, June 26 through July 7, 2015, and August 21 through September 7, 2015. The grant pays for police overtime during those periods, which amounts to $3,000. There was a matching requirement in the amount of $929; however, the match is already in place due to the STEP grant the department is utilizing for speed enforcement along US Highway 290.