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Special Election December 8th September 11, 2018

Special Election for City Council - View the full details on how you can apply for a place on the ballot, when early voting starts and where to go to vote on the City Elections page.

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Notice of Adopted FY2018-19 Tax Rate September 21, 2018

Notice of Adopted FY2018-19 Tax Rate

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 FY2018-2019 budget, download it here.

City of Brenham is looking for a few good volunteers! August 28, 2018

The City of Brenham is looking for a few good volunteers!

The most effective way for citizens to become involved directly in governmental programs is to volunteer their time to serve on an advisory board. Advisory boards are not legislative bodies and the extent of their authority is contingent upon city ordinances and/or state statutes.

The role of a board member provides citizens an opportunity to make a difference in the community. Citizen advisory boards seek to solve problems, not merely address results. Service on a board takes effort, imagination, courage, innovation, and patience.

If you are interested in serving on one of the City’s 10 advisory boards, please visit the boards page to learn more about each board as well as the application and appointment process! You can also contact City Secretary Jeana Bellinger at 979-337-7567 for information.

Stay Notified - Sign up for Emergency Alerts August 24, 2018

Signup for emergency notifications

In the event of an emergency, the City of Brenham and Washington County utilize an alert system to help keep citizens informed. We use our utility customer database to update our notification system. If you are a utility customer, please make sure your contact information is up to date with utility customer service.

You can also customize your contact information (add TTY devices, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) by registering online.

 

 

Notice - Water Boil Advisory - Rescinded August 21, 2018 - 6:10pm

Update: August 23, 2018 - 9:40 am

Water is safe to consume normally.

The City of Brenham Boil Water Advisory is now rescinded. Our tap water system has been fully restored and water can be consumed and used normally. Your safety is a priority and we thank you for your patience during this precautionary measure.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Matthew Monfreda at (979) 530-5792 or Lowell Ogle, Jr. at (979) 451-9546. Customers may also call (979) 337-7400 or visit City Hall, 200 W Vulcan St, Brenham, TX 77833 for more information.

Summary of what happened:

Tuesday's water main repair completed

Above Picture: Chris gives the thumbs up - Tuesday's water main repair completed.

On Tuesday afternoon, August 21, a contractor cut a 12 inch water main near the water treatment plant. This caused portions of our water system to lose pressure and as a precautionary measure the city issued a boil water advisory. After the cut water main was repaired and crews restored pressure, multiple water samples were taken for testing. The City received our results this morning and they were all found to be safe.

TCEQ Required Statement:

On 8/21/2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Brenham public water system, PWS:2390001, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of 8/23/2018.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Matthew Monfreda at (979) 530-5792 or Lowell Ogle, Jr. at (979) 451-9546. Customers may also call (979) 337-7400 or visit City Hall, 200 W Vulcan St, Brenham, TX 77833 for more information.

All water sample results were found to be safe.


Update: August 22, 2018 - 11:55 am

The City remains in a boil water advisory. Please continue to boil water used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Please remember to allow the water to cool before consuming.

For additional updates or questions, visit cityofbrenham.org or call 979-337-7400.

The City has been advised that the lab results will not be available until tomorrow morning. Once we receive the results (Thursday morning), we will provide an update.

Update: August 22, 2018 - 7:55 am

The water main leak was repaired as of last night at around 8:00 pm. Throughout the night, water plant crews started maintenance activities to stabilize the system. First thing this morning, crews began taking water samples to the Brazos County Health Department lab in Bryan for testing. We are awaiting the results of these tests and will provide an update at 12:00 pm today on our website and through the emergency notification system.

Please continue to boil water used for drinking and food preparation until further notice.

For additional updates, visit cityofbrenham.org or call 979-337-7400.

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Update: August 21, 2018 - 8:20 pm

The City of Brenham is still under a precautionary boil water advisory. You can shower and bathe, however, you shouldn’t brush your teeth with running water or use tap water to drink or prepare food unless you boil the water for 2 minutes first. Remember to let the water cool before drinking. Please check back here after 8:00 am for updates. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:10 pm

Effective immediately: the City of Brenham is issuing a precautionary notice to boil water prior to consumption for all City Utility customers. The City will release a follow-up statement when the boil advisory is over.

A contractor cut a 12 inch water main near the water treatment plant this afternoon and City crews have been working all afternoon to make repairs. Crews are still attempting to get a clamp on the water main, however, water pressure has dropped throughout the system. The west side of town has the lowest pressure thus far. Some customers may lose all water pressure.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Matthew Monfreda at (979) 530-5792 or Lowell Ogle, Jr. at (979) 451-9546. Customers may also call (979) 337-7400 for updates 24 hours a day. Although this incident was caused by a contractor, we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.

4 steps for water safety- Step 1 - bring water used for drinking, food preparation and cooking to a rolling boil. step 2- Allow water to boil for 2 minutes before consuming. Step 3 - Do not used chilled water lines on refrigerators. - Step 4 - Do not use ice from automatic ice machines.

TCEQ Required Public Notice:

Due to a water main break at the intersection of S. Day St. and Charles Lewis St., the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Brenham, PWS:2390001 public water system to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Matthew Monfreda at (979) 530-5792 or Lowell Ogle, Jr. at (979) 451-9546. Customers may also call (979) 337-7400 for updates 24 hours a day.
Although this incident was caused by a contractor, we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.

Report It - Now Mobile 311 August 8, 2018

Our online reporting system is now called Mobile 311. This allows you to report pot holes, street light outages, and other non-emergency problems. The new system does require you to make an account so you can track the progress of your request. To register and submit a request, visit brenham.mobile311.com to get started.

Notice of 2018 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate Notice: August 03, 2018

The proposed tax rate of 0.5170 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption. View the full form here or on the finance page.

 

Stop the Bite July 25, 2018

stop the bite - for full details visit https://cityofbrenham.org/mosquitocontrol

Police and Pooches July 20, 2018

Restaurant Report Cards for May/June now online July 11, 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.

Court and Utility Billing Kiosk now available June 05, 2018

Need to make a court or utility payment after hours? Our new kiosk allows you to make payments via: Check, Cash, and Credit/Debit Card.

Here is a short introduction in how to use it:

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

 

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

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Pets Ready to Adopt Adopt Today!

Brenham Pets Ready for Adoption:

Visit us at the Brenham Pet Adoption Center to view all pets ready for adoption: 1804 Longwood, Brenham, TX 77833.

Visit us at the Brenham Pet Adoption Center to view all pets ready for adoption:

1804 Longwood
Brenham, TX 77833

 

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