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City Council Meeting Agenda Regular Meeting: August 16, 2018 - 01:00 pm

Notice of a regular meeting - Meeting on the second floor of City Hall in Council Chambers at 200 W. Vulcan; Brenham TX. Download: Agenda | Full Packet

Clear the Shelters Event Event: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9am - 3pm

Guns and Hoses Blood Drive August 24 & 25, 2018 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Notice: Brenham City Council taking applications August 03, 2018

The Brenahm City Council will be taking applications for the unexpired term for former Ward 2 Councilmember Weldon Williams' position on the City Council.

Anyone living in Ward 2 interested in serving on the City Council for the remainder of Mr. Williams' term (expiring in May 2019) can download the application here and submit it at:

City of Brenham City Hall
Office of the City Secretary
200 W. Vulcan
2nd Floor, Suite 203

Ward 2 Map

The City Secretary will accept application until 3:00pm on August 15, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact City Secretary Jeana Bellinger at 979-337-7567


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 to get started.

2018-2019 - Proposed Budget August 06, 2018

The proposed budget is now available from the Finance Department's homepage or you can download it here.


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

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:

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

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.


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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