After being briefed in executive session on an item concerning the Brenham Municipal Court Judge, Brenham City Councilmembers opted to take no action.
The council met behind closed doors at their meeting today (Thursday) to discuss a matter regarding, according to the posted agenda, “Brenham Municipal Court matters and associated issues, including but not limited to the presiding municipal court judge”.
The agenda called for the “evaluation, duties, suspension or removal of the presiding municipal court judge”. The current presiding judge is Bill Kendall, who is also the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace for Washington County. Kendall was reappointed last year for a term set to expire next December.
City Manager James Fisher said no action was taken by the council. No detail was given as to why Kendall’s position with the city was being discussed.
During Fisher’s administrative report, he announced developer Baker Katz should be breaking ground on their shopping center project off Highway 290 by mid-July. Fisher said the city is hoping to have a groundbreaking ceremony in early August. He also said he is looking to meet next week with representatives of the Brenham Heritage Museum to try to finalize a lease agreement with the council.
The council also:
- Issued second reading of ordinance establishing new signage rules. The second reading added language permitting the use of seasonal decorations for state and federally recognized holidays; increasing sign area of electronic signs along Highway 290 and Highway 36 from 50 to 64 square feet; increasing height of residential entry monument signs from five to eight feet; allowing downtown properties with multiple entrances on multiple parallel streets to be offered one sidewalk sign per corresponding entrance; and prohibiting wall signs on building elevations that face properties zoned for and/or developed with a residential use.
- Approved a change order with Barclay’s Premier Utility Services, LLC for Fiscal Year 2019 water main replacements, pertaining to an extension of water lines for Washington County’s new Road and Bridge facility.
Approved adoption of a new fee schedule for the city’s Development Services Department. Following the passage of House Bill 852, the city can no longer use property valuations to determine residential permit fees. Development Services Director Stephanie Doland said the new fee schedule includes an increase to various fees to break even on state required notifications, while still encouraging the review and inspection portion of development applications.
- Approved an amendment to an agreement with Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. for plan review, inspection, and permitting services for the Development Services Department. The agreement needed amendment as a result of House Bill 852.
- Accepted the bid of Legacy Concrete Works LLC for annual concrete work. Public Works Director Dane Rau said the city spends a little over $90,000 annually on concrete work.
- Approved a three-year lease arrangement with Ricoh for the administrator copier machine at an estimated annual cost of $10,604.
- Approved abandoning a portion of Limit Street right-of-way.