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Street Reconstruction - 5th Street April 23, 2018

Beginning Monday April 23rd, the City of Brenham Street Department will be reconstructing Fifth  St. from Jackson St. to Prairie Lea St. Reconstruction will begin Monday and last for approximately two weeks. Reconstruction of the roadway will be done in phases throughout this time period. During the time of construction and during the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. this section of roadway will be limited to vehicular traffic throughout the work zones.  City staff will work with residents to get access to residences throughout this process.

This reconstruction process will involve tilling up the existing roadway, grading the sub-base and adding bulk cement to stabilize the sub-base.  After cement is applied, a 2” asphalt layer will be added to the new road bed which will improve the surface of your street for many years to come. As with any construction project there will be times, especially as cement is added to the roadway that dusty conditions will be noticed. Please be patient with our crews and work zones.

Also, please park all cars in driveways or off of the roadways between the hours of 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call.

City of Brenham
Street Department
Brian Smith, Superintendent
979.251.1982

Park Projects April 23, 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 Barbeque Area
  • Slight Modifications to Kitchen (access door)
  • Addition of Sidewalks and Lighting
  • Field Renovations
  • Grandstand Modifications

All Sports Building at Hohlt Park - Parking Lot Coming Soon

During last week's BCDC meeting, board members approved moving forward on the All Sports Building Parking Lot. Bids were opened on April 10, 2018. The board voted to award the work to Collier Construction in the amount of $91,006 which is the price to provide an all concrete parking lot and drive aisle to Lounge Rd. Construction is expected to begin in May and should be completed by June 1st. The All Sports Building will still be available for use during the planned work. Parking lot drawing:

 

Household Hazardous Waste April 28, 2018 - 7am - 2pm

Household Hazardous Waste Saturday - April 28, 2018 by Twin Oaks Landfill.
visit www.twinoakshhw.com for more information or call 979-764-3809
TAMU University Services Building Parking lot 7am-2pm. HHW is free and open to the residents of the Brazos Valley. No Commercial Business Generated Waste.

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

Council Member Charlie Pyle Update Monday, March 5, 2018

Council-member Charlie Pyle suffered a heart attack on Friday, March 2. He remains in the ICU in College Station, where tests continue to be run.

The family requests no visitors at this time, but ask for your continued prayers for healing.

After consultation with the family, if there are any questions, please contact the City Manager's office at 979-337-7389

Council Meeting Canceled Thursday, March 8, 2018

The City of Brenham's City Council Meeting for March 8, 2018, has been canceled. The City's next regularly scheduled meeting with be Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact James Fischer, City Manager, at 979-337-7390.

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.

2018 Annual Spring Open Collection Days March 22-24 & April 19-21, 2018

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Spring is coming and that means spring cleaning. Save money with our Annual Spring Open Collection Days and bring your waste to the collection station.

City Residents Only: March 22, 23, & 24
County Residents Only: April 19, 20, & 21

New this year: Disposal charges for the first 500lbs. of debris/material per household will be waived, any debris/material in excess of 500 lbs. will be charged at the full rate in effect at the time of the event for that material.

  • $90/ton Non-Compactable Debris
  • $22.50/ton Brush/Yard Waste

Must Present proof of residence and ID upon arrival. Open collection is for Non-Hazardous materials only. No Commercial Customers

Items Accepted during the open collection days:

  • Household Debris
  • Yard Debris
  • Furniture
  • Scrap Metal (iron, aluminum, etc.)
  • Appliances*
  • Demolition Debris
  • Auto Batteries
  • Construction Materials

*Appliances with coolant will be assess a removal fee of $20 prior to drop-off

*Tires will be accepted at the normal gate rate

*No propane tanks or large quantities of computers

Household computers will be accepted

***loads that contain dirt, cement and/or bricks will be rejected

While your trailers are empty, don't forget to pick up a load of Municipal Mulch

Citizens Collection Station
2009 Old Chappell Hill Rd.
979-337-7455

Restaurant Report Cards are back March 01, 2018

Our restaurant report cards are back and they can be found directly on the Health and Code enforcement page.

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

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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Brenham, TX 77833

 

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