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  • Friday, May 05, 2017
    Council OKs land purchase for industrial park
    The purchase of 45 acres of property to expand an industrial park has been finalized by the Brenham City Council.
     
    Council members voted unanimously this morning to approve the Brenham Community Development Corp.’s acquisition of the property near the intersection of FM 389 and FM 332.

    BCDC oversees revenue from a special sales tax for economic development and recreational facilities. Its board is appointed by the council.
     
    City council members last year approved a $500,000 loan to the BCDC to be used toward purchasing the property that will be section four of its Southwest Industrial Park.
     
    The interest rate on the loan will be 3.25 percent, or a total of $96,326.
     
    City Manager Terry Roberts said the land transaction is expected to be completed today.
     
    The council also:
     
    • Approved a contract with McCord Engineering for work on replacement of 18 miles of copper electric lines.
     
    The lines will be replaced with aluminum.
     
    The contract with McCord is for up to $300,000.
     
    Lowell Ogle, assistant city manager/utilities director, said the total cost of the line replacement project is projected at $2 million.
     
    “This has been under discussion the past few years,” Ogle said. “We will obviously be starting in the areas that we need to first.”
     
    Aluminum power lines are “more reliable,” he told the council.
     
    • Approved the appointment of Johanna Fatheree to the city’s Board of Adjustments, Keith Behrens to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Dona Parker and Tom Whitehead to the Main Street Board.
     
    • Noted the retirement of Wanda Kramer, who worked 41 years for the city in its utility billing department.
     
    Ogle said Kramer began as a clerk “and is retiring as the head of that department.”
     
    He praised her performance, including embracing technological and software advancements.
     
    When Kramer started with the department in 1976, the city was using meter cards for every utility customer, and information had to be filled out manually, said Ogle.
     
    • Noted service recognitions of Stephen Draehn, maintenance department, five years; David Dudenhoeffer, police department, five years; and Shawn Bolenbarr, water/wastewater construction, 10 years.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press