The Brownfield City Council met in a regularly scheduled session today and the property for Dollar Tree was the topic.

After the preliminary items of business on the agenda, the Council began with item #5 which is to consider approval of type 2 special event application from the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce. The special event being considered is the 2018 Harvest Festival. The application was approved unanimously.

Agenda items 6, 7 and 8 were all taken up together since they pertained to abandoning and transferring certain easements that the City of Brownfield owns. All three items also pertain to the construction of the Dollar Tree with the purpose of abandoning and transferring the easements and property to the Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation so that the developers can relocate electric, gas, and telecom utilities. According to documents that were provided to the Council it showed the easements that would be abandoned and a small portion of the property that the city owns.

Because the property is a very small portion, the city has the obligation to convey the property to BIDCorp. BIDCorp has already given Dollar Tree incentives to come to Brownfield and this small piece of property will help with the construction and other issues when the structure is built. Dollar Tree will be responsible for all cost when moving electric lines and gas lines, plus any telecommunication lines or equipment. There was discussion as to where the alley and dumpsters might be, Assistant City Manager Jeff Davis said, “We are establishing a 20-foot alleyway.” Councilman Chuck Nave made the motion to approve all three items and Councilman Ricky Rocha seconded it with an unanimous approval.

The council moved to item #9 which was to approve the fee-schedule and rules for the Lynn Brisendine Community Plaza. The amended and proposed permit application for the use of the Lynn Brisendine Community Plaza gives three options for the time of use, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. to midnight or an all-day event from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. The usage cost is $25 per day or per option. The electric usage will be $7.50 an hour with a two-hour minimum. If you are in need of an extra solid waste container it will cost $30 per container. There was not much discussion on this item and Councilwoman Tresa Sparks made the motion to approve it and Councilman Ray McFarland seconded it and it was unanimously approved.

Item #10 was to discuss and consider the Visitor Information Center agreement between the city and the Chamber. In a special held council meeting that took place on September 21st, 2018 the council amended the proposed budget for 2018-2019 so that the $54,900 could be added to the VIC for operating funds. In the amendment that was added to the budget that was approved 7 to 1, the Brownfield Area Chamber of Commerce would be given a new contract for the VIC funds. The contract was written and will be given to the Chamber and be negotiated if needed. The council approved the submission of the contract with the intent that the Chamber can negotiate the terms.

The Council adjourned and will meet in a regularly scheduled meeting on October 18th, 2018 at 7:30 AM in the Council Chambers at Brownfield City Hall. Councilwoman Mary Valdanado and Councilman Leon Pope were absent from the meeting.