The Brownfield City Inspector and Park & Recreation Director gave their quarterly reports to the Brownfield City Council as they met in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursdays morning, June 3, 2021. Prior to those items of business, the Council would hear and consider the 2019-2020 financial audit from Bennett, Bennett, & Trice LLC.
In the May 20, 2021 council meeting, the Council was scheduled to hear and consider the 2019-2020 annual financial report from Bennett, Bennett, & Trice, LLC (BB&T). The City of Brownfield’s Charter requires an outside audit of the City’s financial records, and it is to be reported to the Council within 180 days after the fiscal year was completed. The audit was not presented during this meeting due to both the sale of Eddie Holloway Accounting Services to BB&T, and COVID-19. Councilwoman Michelle Cooper moved to table the audit report to the June 3, 2021 meeting.
Although the audit again was not completed for the June 3, 2021 meeting, BB&T sent Courtney Brandon and Kelly Horney as representatives with an estimated audit. Councilman Michael Tackitt asked Brandon, “do you have an expectation on when it will be completed?” Brandon responded, “I think Saturday… there were a few things we needed to make sure were correct.” Councilman Eric Horton asked, “In your opinion is this so far a good report… bad report?” Brandon responded,”I think you will have a very good report. I don’t think y’all had anything out of place… it is pretty much what was expected.” This typically would have been an action item, however City Manager Jeff Davis asked if it could be tabled due to it not being completed. Councilwoman Michelle Cooper made the motion to table the item till the next meeting on June 17, 2021. The council approved the motion.
Moving to the next agenda items, the council heard from City Inspector Israel Limon on the quarterly reports. Limon reported there were 123 permits issued from January 1 -March 31, 2021. The majority of permits issued were for roofs, which were 17, meter bases. There were 11 of these.Also backflow protection assemblies which numbered 14. In January 2021, there were 10 electrical permits, four mechanical, and 23 plumbing permits issued. In February 2021, there six electrical, three mechanical, and seven plumbing permits issued. Also in March 2021, there nine electrical, two mechanical, and 17 plumbing permits issued.
Next was the Park & Recreation quarterly report presented by the Park & Recreation Director Scott Jackson. According to Jackson, the City of Brownfield Parks & Recreation Department continues with the upgrading of infrastructure that began in the first quarter. Work on the all purpose field south of the American Legion Amphitheater in Coleman Park is progressing. Jackson said, “The Electric Department has erected the four light poles that will provide LED lighting for the field. The Water Department is in the process of tapping into the existing water line that will provide the water for the irrigation system, and the Parks Department moved the Disc Golf tee pads to a better location.” Also Jackson mentioned when the irrigation system is installed, the decision of what type of turf is suitable will be determined.
Jackson added there were two USSSA Girls Softball Tournaments held in the first quarter with both tournaments averaging approximately 35 teams in attendance. “Minor problems arose but were resolved. Parking continues to be an issue, but Administration and Department Heads came up with a somewhat workable plan for future parking, particularly for the abundant amount of RVs that frequent these tournaments.” Jackson said.
Jackson then moved on to the issue of the Brownfield Family Aquatic Center. The opening day of the aquatic center has been delayed from the May 30, 2021 date due to serious damage to a 2” line located directly under the “Zero Entry” portion of the pool. Jackson said, “This line provides for the recirculation of water from the Zero Entry part of the pool, through filters that clean the water and return it back to the pool.”
The City hired Joe Rushing, of Rushing Leak Detection Services, who found the leak. “As of right now, the City is awaiting a proposal from Rushing Leak Detection Services for a resolution, at least temporarily fixing the problem, so maybe we can at least salvage this season.” Jackson said. According to Jackson and Davis the Opening Day is contingent upon Joe Rushing being able to, at least, temporarily fix the leak.
Next the Council heard from Queston Perry, a representative of the Terry County Youth Sports Association (TCYS). When TCYS began their baseball and softball season, the Council agreed to not charge an entry fee for the games. Since the season is over and TCYS is moving into the all-star season, and will be hosting two different tournaments, this policy will change. In order for TCYS to charge an entry fee into the complex, the Council would need to approve it. The Council voted unanimously to allow TCYS to charge an entry fee for the two all-star tournaments. TCSY is responsible for the amount to be charged.
The meeting was then adjourned, with the next meeting to be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in the Council Chambers at the City Hall. All council member were present.