Members of Brenham City Council will meet today (Thursday) to consider offers for hot mix asphalt.

Due to the volatility of the asphalt market, the city requested six-month, nine-month and twelve-month rates. It received three bids, the lowest being Waller County Asphalt, but higher prices mean the contract cost is $20 per ton more for the asphalt delivered from the city’s previous contract.

Waller County Asphalt’s offer is $75 per ton if picked up on site by city personnel and $84 per ton if delivered by Waller County Asphalt to the job site. The other two bidders were Gulf Coast, whose lowest rates were $84.90 per ton if picked up and $99.90 per ton if delivered on a six or nine month contract. , and BPI Materials, which advertised $120 per ton for pickup and $96 per ton. ton for delivery within six months.

City staff recommends that council accept Waller County Asphalt’s offer for a nine-month term. Once complete, the city will issue a new bid to determine current market rates.

Washington County also faces higher costs for road construction and maintenance. County Commissioners May 3rd accepted the only offer they received for seam coating, which was up 50 and 78 percent over last year for single- and two-layer seams, 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%.

In other items today, the board will discuss and possibly act on a third addendum to the memorandum of understanding between the city and Brenham Main Street Historical Preservation, Inc. In January, the city approved an addendum to the agreement to continue to offer interest reimbursement. – only payments made by historic preservation on the existing loan covering the Barnhill Centre. 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.

Also at today’s meeting, the board will consider:

  • 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.
  • A public hearing and possible action on the rezoning of a one acre lot at 151 FM 109 from a residential neighborhood for residential use to a commercial research and technology use neighborhood. Glenwood Vierus is in the process of buying the land and is looking to redevelop the site with warehouse and office space. The Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the application at its May 23 meetingrd.
  • An agreement with TxDOT to temporarily close the state right-of-way as part of the Hot Nights, Cool Tunes summer concert series to be held July 9, 16, 23 and 30.
  • A request for noise spread from Brenham Outlaws for a Juneteenth event on June 18eat Hattie Mae Flowers Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Council will meet at 1pm today at Brenham Town Hall.


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