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Holiday Closure City Closed: Monday, May 28, 2018

The City of Brenham will be closed for Memorial Day Holiday - Monday, May 28, 2018.

These closures affect the following:

2018 City Holidays


Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool Opening Delayed May 22, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Leisure Pool Update:

The BBAC has been making several improvements to our entire facility, but there have been some significant delays to the process. Contractors working at the BBAC had hoped to be finished with construction in the outside leisure pool mid-May so that we could fill the pool and be ready for Memorial Day weekend, but unfortunately with an aging facility, we have had some setbacks and work will not be finished in time for us to open this Memorial Day weekend.

I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however we do want to make sure crews have ample time to complete the job.

We will open Memorial Day weekend and begin summer hours for our indoor pools. Contractors anticipate job completion by June 19th allowing us to fill the pool and be ready for opening on June 23rd.

  • Floats-n-flicks set for May 31st has been moved to Hohlt Park.
  • Session I - June 4-7 and Session II - June 11-21 of swim lessons and water babies will still continue using indoor pools. If you need to switch to another session please let us know.
  • Due to the late opening we are scheduling to keep the pool open a little longer this year - once public schools start back up. Starting in August watch for posts on extended hours.

We want to thank you for your understanding as we work with contact crews to make all necessary repairs and improvements.

SUMMER HOURS Begin Memorial Day Weekend:
Monday - Friday.....Indoor Pools OPEN 6am - 7pm
Leisure Pool CLOSED till June 23rd

Saturday - Pools Open 10am - 7pm (Leisure Pool CLOSED till June 23rd)

Sunday - Pools Open 1pm - 5pm (Leisure Pool CLOSED till June 23rd)

SH 36 Northbound Lanes Open Wednesday, May 16, 2018 May 11, 2018 - 02:25 pm

The Texas Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that Angel Brothers Construction will be opening the northbound lanes of SH 36 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  This $14 million project to widen the existing two lanes of traffic to a four lane divided highway is entering its final phase of construction.

SH 36 North view from below the overpass

View full press release

Downtown Enhancements to Pedestrian Safety May 4, 2018

Public Works and Main Street have been working with TxDOT to enhance visibility of downtown pedestrian walkways. James Fisher City Manager,  says, "Our goal is to make everyone safer downtown." The Street Department is working on highlighting crosswalks with reflective paint and adding crosswalk signage to the crosswalks along Alamo and Main and the side streets that abut Alamo and Main. These enhancements, along with repainting no parking zones, should help improve pedestrian safety downtown.

Yield to Pedestrian street sign

Restaurant Report Cards for March/April now online May 02, 2018

Our restaurant report cards for March/April is now on the Health and Code enforcement page.

This report shows inspections in date order with the latest being on the bottom.

Brenham's Police Chief Selected May 01, 2018

Louis Allwin Barrow, Jr. was selected as the next Police Chief for Brenham. Serving the last ten years as an interim police chief with several Texas police agencies, and currently serving as a law enforcement security advisor and subject matter expert, Barrow was selected from a field of over 90 candidates by City Manager James Fisher.

The City selected 5 semifinalists and they interviewed before two community panels. The panels each had representatives from City Council, BISD and city staff (including Brenham Police Department). The panelists help determine 4 finalist who interviewed before Mayor Milton Tate, Interim Police Chief Rusty Pancoast, Assistant City Managers Carolyn Miller and Lowell Ogle, Human Resource Director Susan Nienstedt and City Manager James Fisher.

After notifying the City Council and the personnel in the Brenham Police Department, Fisher announced the appointment today. "The police chief serves a critical leadership role that provides direction to an agency responsible for the safety and security of the citizens of our community," Fisher said.

Barrow is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University with a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Management. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification, and has over 5000 hours of management and specialty skills training. Barrow received the "Career Achievement Award as Friend of the FBI", from Robert S. Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2001. In addition, he was the recipient of the award of Public Safety Excellence from Texas Municipal League in 1997.

Barrow began his law enforcement career with the Beaumont Police Department in 1970, where he worked his way from Patrol Officer to Commander. He served as Chief of Police for Waxahachie Police Department where he directed all police operations in the growing community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Brenham's new Chief has a breadth of experience in several different Texas police agencies. Chief Barrow will be moving with his wife, Kathy, from Omaha, Nebraska to Brenham later this summer. Barrow has five children, living in areas ranging from Nebraska to Tomball, Texas.

Chief Barrow begin his service with the City of Brenham on May 14, 2018.

The finalists were all solid prospects to head the Brenham Police Department, the City Manager said. The City was looking for an individual with a wealth of experience, strong character, and a leader who will serve as a mentor to the men and women of the Brenham Police Department. "I believe we have that and more in Chief Barrow," said Fisher.

The City Manager also expressed appreciation for the input he received from the interview panel members and participants throughout the selection process.


Notice of Public Hearing - Proposed Amendment April 27, 2018

Proposed Amendment to Washington County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan

The City of Brenham is proposing to amend the current Washington County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, Mitigating Risk: Protecting Washington County from All Hazards, 2013‐2018, as it applies to the City of Brenham. This amendment is to Section 17: Mitigation Actions. The proposed amendment is available for review at the City of Brenham Municipal Building located at 200 W. Vulcan Street, on the City of Brenham’s website,, and Brazos Valley Council of Governments website, A 30‐day comment period is being provided to allow comments and concerns regarding the proposed amendment. The comment period begins April 30, 2018.

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held at the meeting of the Brenham City Council on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. in the second floor Council Chambers of the City of Brenham Municipal Building located at 200 West Vulcan Street to consider the proposed amendment to the Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

All persons desiring to offer comments regarding these requests are urged to attend these public meetings.

Download full notice

Park Projects April 30, 2018

Henderson Park Drainage Channel Repair

Repairs will soon begin on Higgins Branch within Henderson Park. The Higgins Branch Channel slopes, on the east side of N. Park St., failed during the 2016 storm event. The reconstruction of the channel slopes have been designed and bids were accepted on April 10, 2018. The drainage channel will have slope paving with laid back slopes, in place of the straight up and down walls. This will allow for better hydraulics and help prevent future damages. The City plans to award the contract the beginning of May and anticipates construction will take 2 months to complete pending weather and material availability.

Images of slope failure:

Higgins Branch Channel Slope Failure facing Higgins Branch

Higgins Branch Channel Slope Failure facing N. Park Street.

During construction, there will be minimal impact to N. Park St. Part of the parking lot off of N. Park Street will be unavailable due to equipment and materials.

Be cautious of your surrounding and stay away from construction zones for your safety and the safety of others.

Infrastructure isn't the only thing being worked on this year in Henderson Park. This month the new playground and swing set near the park pavilion/kitchen was installed.

Henderson Park Swing Set - installed 2018

Henderson Park Playground - installed 2018

The Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC) approved $294,500 for improvements to Henderson park for the FY2017-18 budget. The playground is just one of those feature improvements and additional improvements are being planned/considered are:

  • Covered Barbecue Area
  • Addition of Sidewalks and Accessibility Upgrades
  • Field Renovations (Fencing, Dugouts, Grandstands, etc.)
  • Future Lighting Improvements to Park Area


Sink Hole Burleson St. From MLK to Pleasantview St. March 27, 2018

Update: March 27

The roadway over Higgins Branch creek crossing on Burleson St. from MLK to Pleasantview St. is anticipated to be completed by the end of this April. We appreciate your patience while we work with contractors to get this roadway reopened.

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.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) 2017 now available March 23, 2018

The City's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is now available. This report shows the financial results at the end of the budget year for budget year 2016-2017.

2018 State of the City Wednesday, March 7, 2018

At today's State of the Community luncheon put together by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, James Fisher - City Manager presented for the City of Brenham.

City Manager - James Fisher

Mr. Fisher covered topics from budget and resource distribution, community employers, public utilities, city projects and improvements and opportunities for the future.

Download the presentation slides here

Texas Warrant Roundup Begins: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Law enforcement agencies and courts statewide will once again be conducting the Great Texas Warrant Roundup. Individuals can expect advertisements and contact from courts about efforts beginning Monday, February 19, 2018. Agencies will be stepping up efforts to actively serve warrants beginning Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with warrants from more than 250 participating jurisdictions.

Numerous counties, justices of the peace and municipalities of all sizes will participate in the roundup. Representatives from a number of participating entities will be available for interviews.

Under Texas Law, individuals that appear before a court and make a good faith effort to resolve their outstanding Class C warrants are afforded safe harbor and not subject to arrest. Additionally, if a judgment is rendered against an individual who is unable to pay the judgment, the individual may request a judge to assess their ability to pay and offer alternative means to satisfy the judgment.

Individuals with warrant(s) are encouraged to contact the court(s) that issued the warrant(s) to resolve their cases voluntarily before they are compelled to appear by arrest. Please contact the Brenham City Marshal or Municipal Court at 979-337-7599 for further information.

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