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New Brenham City Manager Hired December 07, 2017

A 28 year veteran Texas municipal manager has been tapped to lead the Brenham city government beginning in 2018. James Fisher of Forney, southeast of Dallas, will become Brenham's next city manager effective January 11, 2018. He replaces outgoing city manager Terry Roberts who has been with the City of Brenham since 2001.

Fisher, 54, has been the City's chief executive officer in five Texas cities beginning in 1995 as city administrator in Castroville west of San Antonio. His most recent assignment was as city manager of Forney, a city of similar size to Brenham. Fisher also served as City Manager of Muleshoe in west Texas in the late 1990's following his time in Castroville.

Fisher was the City Administrator of the Austin suburb of Bee Cave for 10 years from 1998 to 2008. He was directly involved in negotiations to bring the Hill Country Galleria to Bee Cave. Later, he served as City Manager of the Dallas metroplex City of Murphy near Plano for eight years beginning in 2008.

Fisher began his municipal career in 1989 after graduating from West Texas A&M University in Canyon in 1988 with a B.B.A. in Management. Fisher's initial city position following college was serving as the Parks and Recreation Director for the west Texas town of Tulia. He then moved to the City of Port Aransas to serve two years as Assistant City Manager in 1992.

"James brings a wealth of both experience and knowledge to his new assignment as the city manager here in Brenham. He is a seasoned professional manager who we believe will do a very good job for our community," Mayor Milton Tate stated.

"The City Council had a tough choice to make as we had several strong candidates that were finalists for the position. The City Council methodically worked through the process reviewing the candidates' qualifications, evaluating their written answers to detailed questions and conducting several personal interviews," the Mayor added.

The City Council conducted an initial round of interviews with five candidate on November 6th. This week, the City Council brought three of the candidates back for a second round of questioning on Monday. That was a thorough process that involved two rounds of interviews that day.

One was a traditional full Council interview that began with each candidate making a 10 minute presentation outlining their initial six month plan for leading the organization followed by the questioning. Earlier that day, the three candidates participated in small group interviews with each meeting informally with two or three Council members at a time for a more relaxed conversation allowing the Council to personally get to know the candidates better.

The City Council has always been interested in finding the best fit for both the organization and the community said Mayor Tate. "The consensus of the Council is that James best met that standard," the Mayor added.

Fisher will start immediately after the holiday season in January. His wife, Christi Beth and son, Daniel, will remain in Forney to complete the school year and join him this summer. Daniel is a high school senior. His sister, Audrey, is a senior studying speech communications disorders at Auburn University in Alabama.

Fisher is an active member of the International City Management Association (ICMA) and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). Fisher chaired the TCMA statewide Ethics Committee from 2005 to 2008. He has served on the TCMA Board of Directors and has been regional president of two different TCMA regions. Fisher was the 2004 recipient of the Texas City Management Association "Administrator of the Year" award.

In addition to his undergraduate work, Fisher obtained a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. Fisher has served on the University of Texas at Dallas Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Advisory Committee. He is a past director of the Murphy Chamber of Commerce. He has also been involved in the Boy Scouts of America including being an Eagle Scout Advisor.

Fisher expressed to city officials that he is exciting to accept the position and eager to make the move to Brenham. He looks forward to meeting the city staff and getting engaged in the community.

Notice: Adopted Tax Rate Increase September 21, 2017

Pursuant to Section 26.05(b) of the Texas Property Tax Code, cities are required to post the following statement on the home page of any internet website that is operated by the city:

CITY OF BRENHAM ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.

For additional information about the City of Brenham’s FY2017-2018 budget, use this link

Tax rate history chart:

Tax Rate History

Tax rate history by the numbers:

Fiscal Year Tax Year O&M Rate I&S Rate Total Tax Rate
2008 2007 0.3245 0.1818 0.5063
2009 2008 0.3420 0.1622 0.5042
2010 2009 0.3420 0.1622 0.5042
2011 2010 0.3420 0.1622 0.5042
2012 2011 0.3420 0.2012 0.5432
2013 2012 0.3420 0.2012 0.5432
2014 2013 0.3579 0.2053 0.5632
2015 2014 0.2890 0.2022 0.4912
2016 2015 0.2950 0.1781 0.4731
2017 2016 0.3150 0.1920 0.5070
2018 2017 0.3200 0.1970 0.5170

*O&M = Operations and Maintenance, I&S = Interest and Sinking

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Sink Hole Burleson St. From MLK to Pleasantview St. September 06, 2017

Update: September 19:

A second sink hole has appeared Monday, Sept 11, afternoon located at the Higgins Branch creek crossing on W. Jefferson near MLK. City crews along with the Engineer evaluated the sink hole and based on the size of the void under the roadway W. Jefferson at MLK has been shut down until further notice. Last week a similar sink hole appeared at the crossing on Burleson St. Both of these crossings were affected by the May 2016 storms. Since this period, City staff has been working with FEMA along with outside engineers to correct the deficiencies and mitigate the issues. With the recent heavy rainfall from Harvey, these two crossings received heavy flows that have now left voids between the culverts and the roadway that have since lead to sink holes. With both of these sink holes no damages to vehicles have occurred. Detours around the area have been set-up until new construction can take place.

City Administrative Staff is working with engineers and purchasing to expedite the process so that both roads can be opened up as soon as possible. It is expected that both of these roadways may be closed until the end of the year with the major construction work that will take place.

Original Post September 6:

Yesterday afternoon we experienced a sink hole at the Higgins Branch creek crossing which has shut down Burleson St. from MLK to Pleasantview St. Our engineer will be on-site this afternoon to discuss a plan of action. We are anticipating this section of Burleson to be shut down until permanent repairs can be made to the crossing and roadway. Will update you more once we have a better game plan. Detours around the closure are in place. The past May 2016 flood and the most recent rainfalls have deteriorated the culverts and roadway.

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