The Brenham City Council will discuss the continuation of a local disaster declaration related to last week’s severe winter weather at its meeting Thursday.
On February 16th, Mayor Milton Tate signed a local disaster declaration in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency declaration signed on February 12th. Due to the uncertainty of the effects of this winter weather emergency, city staff are requesting that the council consider extending the declaration.
In other action, the council will consider ordinances amending the rate tariff schedules for the city’s water services and sanitary sewer system. City staff have conducted a review and cost study of the various water and wastewater services provided by the city, and their findings are that the majority of services are being provided either free of charge or at a fee that is much less than the actual cost of the service.
The results of the study were presented to the council at a workshop on November 19th, where the council discussed the possibility of raising the cost of installing a water meter or sewer line tap. Staff have since met with the utilities subcommittee, and the plan is to phase the increase in cost equally over three years. If the ordinances are approved, the rate changes would not go into effect until October 1st.
The council will also meet in work session to receive a presentation and update from City Manager James Fisher on the Regional Vaccination subHUB at the Washington County Expo.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council will consider:
- Executive session discussion to consult with an attorney regarding pending litigation: D. Guyton v. City of Brenham, Texas, et al. Any potential action will be taken in open session.
- An ordinance amending the 2020-21 Fiscal Year adopted budget.
- Submitting a grant application through the Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office, Homeland Security Grants Division for the 2021 State Homeland Security Program – Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities (LETPA) projects. The Brenham Police Department is seeking to submit a grant application for two Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) trailers. If awarded, the grant will be for $73,395.
- An agreement between the city and Brycer, LLC for software and services related to the compliance engine, which is a web-based service for code officials to track and drive inspection, testing and maintenance code compliance for fire protection systems, reduce false alarm activity, and collect and organize third party inspection reports.
- A consulting services agreement between the city and NewGen Strategies and Solutions, LLC to evaluate the city’s water, sanitary sewer, electric and gas utility rates.
- An ordinance amending the city’s code of ordinances, Chapter 26 – Utilities, Article II – Industrial Wastewater and Discharge Standards and Pretreatment Program.
- The council’s meeting schedule for March, during the administrative/elected officials report.
The council will meet Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Brenham City Hall.