The Brenham City Council will meet twice tomorrow (Thursday).

The council’s first scheduled meeting is a work session beginning at 10 a.m. Councilmembers will discuss the implementation of a drainage utility system, and calculation of drainage utility fees.

In its regular meeting at 1 p.m., the council will address the detention pond projects in the city’s Southwest Industrial Park and Brenham Business Center.

The council is considering accepting a $269,245 bid from South Central Texas Excavation and Construction, for rehabilitation of the pond in the Southwest Industrial Park.

The scope of work includes excavation of the current detention pond, vegetation removal, outfall improvements, and sloped concrete additions. Public Works Director Dane Rau said these improvements will allow the pond to handle growth on the horizon at the park.  The project will be funded by the Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC).

The low bid for the Brenham Business Center pond project was from Lonnie Lischka Company, for $382,916. Rau said the project, also being funded by the BCDC, should improve stormwater runoff for current and future development in the Brenham Business Center.

The work includes building a large regional detention pond for the area north of Woodward Creek. It involves excavation, installation of concrete pipe, wingwalls, sloped paving, soil retention blankets, seeding, and sediment control fencing.  Rau added that the project bid came in below estimated construction costs, which were projected at $659,533.

The council will also consider:

  • A resolution expressing the city’s official intent to reimburse certain costs, related to street rebuild and reconstruction projects.
  • Accepting a bid for storm damage repairs to Industrial Boulevard.  The low bid for the project is Barclays Premier Utility Services, for $321,885.
  • Revised rates for ground space leases and city-owned T-Hangar leases at the Brenham Municipal Airport.

The council also plans to meet in executive session to discuss matters regarding the city manager’s employment agreement, and continue discussion on matters concerning Brenham Municipal Court Judge Bill Kendall. The council will reconvene after executive session to potentially take action on the items.

Both meetings will be held at Brenham City Hall.

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  1. After attending a few meetings it looks like the council looks for one reason or another to spend, spend and spend. Anyone noice that?

  2. Assuming the drainage fees all utility users will be paying will be funding this project for the businesses in the industrial parks, then the question is, do these for profit businesses getting tax breaks pay the same drainage fee as a home user?

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