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  • Friday, November 06, 2015
    $750,000 donation will fund park work
    A $750,000 donation for Fireman’s Park improvements — including a new playground — has been accepted by the Brenham City Council.
     
    The council voted Thursday accept the donation from Robbie Gail Charette, a Brenham attorney.
     
    Charette has asked that a playground that will be constructed near Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library be named in memory of her late husband, Michael Mansfield Owsley, who died Oct. 8.
     
    Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps said Charette’s gift will allow the city to further develop the historic park, “something we’ve always wanted to do.”
     
    “This is much bigger than just the playground,” Phelps told council members.
     
    It will include extending wrought iron fencing, a bridge and a “serenity garden” with a water feature, he said.
     
    Charette said the purpose of her donation is for “building something that can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
     
    Charter said she and her late husband came to Brenham when they started dating “to tour the bluebonnets” and Blue Bell Creameries.
     
    When they began looking to move from Houston, they looked at many different areas before deciding on Washington County, she said.
     
    “It was a godsend that we ended up in Brenham,” said Charette. “It’s our home. We’ve made so many friends in the last six years.”
     
    Phelps said Owsley is “definitely worthy of this honor” and thanked Charette for the gift.
     
    “We really appreciate her generosity,” he said.
     
    The council also:
     
    • Accepted a $20,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority for an outdoor reading area at Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library.
     
    Librarian Andreia Heiges said the area will be approximately 80 square-feet in size, with seating and fencing.
     
    Plans are to use it for a variety of activities such as sustainable living demonstrations, Heiges added.
     
    • Approved a $425,300 project for work on the city’s water treatment plant.
     
    • Voted to de-annex a one-acre tract north of Lauraine Street that was annexed by mistake in 2005.
     
    The tract is part of a larger parcel of property in that area.