Brenham City Council accepted an offer of hot mix asphalt at their meeting today (Thursday).
After reviewing bids from three companies, board members accepted a nine-month warrant from Waller County Asphalt for $75 a ton if recovered on-site by city personnel and $84 a ton if recovered. is delivered by Waller County Asphalt to the job site. Due to higher prices in the asphalt market, the rate for delivered asphalt is $20 per tonne higher than the city’s previous contract.
Central Purchasing and Fleet Supervisor Kyle Branham said the city had options for six-month, nine-month and 12-month terms, but chose the nine-month term to allow it to relaunch a one-time offer. once prices have—hopefully come down.
The city is not alone in facing higher costs for road materials. Washington County commissioners voted May 3rd to accept the only offer they received for joint coating, which increased the cost of one- and two-layer joints by 50 and 78 percent, respectively. They also approved price increases for oil and asphalt contracts at their meeting last week, which increased the cost of HMA by around 12 and 23%.
Also at today’s meeting, Council:
- Approval of a third amendment to the memorandum of understanding between the city and Brenham Main Street Historical Preservation, Inc. In January, the city approved an amendment to the agreement to continue to offer reimbursement of interest-only payments made by historic preservation on the existing loan covering the Barnhill Center. The amendment extends the payment agreement until January 1, 2023. The total amount of reimbursement payments from the City to the organization, under the third amendment, will not exceed $18,000.
- Approval of an interlocal agreement between the city and Purchasing Solutions Alliance for a purchasing cooperative of the Council of Governments of the Brazos Valley for public bodies. The contract will provide supplies for technology, printing, housekeeping, break room, security and furniture. Becoming a member of the cooperative purchasing program costs the City nothing.
- Held a public hearing and approved the rezoning of a one acre lot at 151 FM 109 from a residential use neighborhood of manufactured homes to a commercial use neighborhood of research and technology. Glenwood Vierus is in the process of buying the land and is looking to redevelop the site with warehouse and office space.
- Brenham Outlaws noise waiver request denied for Juneteenth event on June 18e at Hattie Mae Flowers Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Deputy City Clerk Karen Stack said the organization had obtained waivers for similar events in the past and generated complaints. She said staff had also expressed concerns about the limited number of parking spaces in the park compared to the planned size of the event, while the police department was concerned about a history of disruption caused by the participants.
- Approved an agreement with TxDOT to temporarily close the state right-of-way for the Hot Nights, Cool Tunes summer concert series to be held July 9, 16, 23 and 30.