The Brownfield City Council met in a regular scheduled meeting Thursday morning August 5, 2021. After the invocation, pledges, public comments and approve the minutes from the previous meeting the Council went into the items of business.
First was to hear and consider the quarterly reports by the Brownfield Police Chief Tony Serbantez. According to Chief Serbantez there was a total of 1,093 calls in April 2021, 1,094 in May and 1,089 in June. There were two sexual assaults in April, three in May and two in June. Burglaries went up each month during the quarter. There was one in April, three in May and 14 in June. There was 18 thefts in April, 18 in May and 23 in June. Chief Serbantez stated the person responsible for the thefts in June is in jail.
In April there was four stolen vehicles, three in May and none in June. Domestic disputes in April were 12, 17 in May and 16 in June. Citations were given out 73 times in April, 67 in May, and 75 in June. Arrests and charges went down each month during the second quarter from 64 in April to 56 in May and then down to 33 in June. The police dept. served a total of 24 warrants in April, 18 in May, and 22 in June. Total incidents reported also went down each month during the second quarter. There were 45 in April, 34 in May, and 22 in June.
Next on the agenda was to hear and consider the quarterly reports from the BPD Code Enforcement Officer Andres Juarez. Officer Juarez showed he had 692 total inspections in the second quarter. There were 50 junk vehicles, 297 public nuisances, 248 weed and grass issues. The weeds and grass inspections rose sharply each month of the second quarter. There were 28 in April, 60 in May and 160 in June. The Code Enforcement contracted out mowers in June only to abate the properties that the owners did not comply with. This cost $1,050.00. Property owners are given a seven day notice to comply about tall weeds and grass. If they do not, their property is mowed and the bill is sent to the property owners. If the property owners fail to pay there will be a lien put against the property.
Moving on in the Code Enforcement reports, Officer Juarez shows there were a total of 74 substandard structures, 34 illegal dumping and parking. Officer Juarez was able to leave 52 door notices for weed & grass, public nuisances, and junked vehicles. Also Officer Juarez had contact with property owners 91 time in the second quarter. There was also 29 citations given to property owners that are adjudicated through the Brownfield Municipal Court.
The next two items were budget amendments made. It is city charter law that the City of Brownfield and it’s entities must have a balanced budget before the end of the fiscal budget. Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCorp) needed approval $240,000.00 to added to the fund balance of BIDCorp. The next budget amendment was for the City of Brownfield to take $15,699.00 from the final balance of the 2020-2021 budget for capital repairs of the water tower south of Brownfield off of TX HWY 173. Both amendments were passed unanimously.
Next was the council needed to appoint a member to the Board of Directors of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority (CRMWA) for the term ending August 31, 2023. The current member who represents the City of Brownfield is Rickey Dunn. It was recommended by Brownfield City Manager Jeff Davis to appoint Dunn again to the CRMWA Board of Directors. The council voted unanimously to appoint Dunn back on the CRMWA Board.
Item 8 of the agenda was to continue with the Inter-local Agreement for the emergency 911 public safety answering point service. Currently the City of Brownfield had an agreement with South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG). The Council approved the new inter-local agreement with SPAG to continue helping with the 911 services.
The Council then discussed and considered the extension of the Declaration of Local Disaster-Mayoral Order due to the public health emergency to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Brownfield. The approved it once again as the city’s order follows Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders.
The Council then went into executive (closed door) session. There was no action taken when the Council came out of executive session. The meeting was then adjourned. All eight council members were in attendance. The next regular scheduled meeting is slated for Thursday August 19, 2021 at 7:30 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall