The Brownfield City Council met in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday morning Jan. 6, 2022. After the call to order, invocation, pledges, approving the minutes, and hearing public comments, the Council went to work on the agenda.
Item #3 was to recognize the January 2022 City Employee of the Month. This honor went to Johnathan Olivas who serves in the Brownfield Electric Department. Olivas, who is a foreman in the department, has been with City of Brownfield since 2012. Olivas and his wife Sarah have five children and have been married for 16 years. In his spare time, he loves to play his guitar, hang out with his family, and go to his church.
Moving on to Item #4 & #5, the Council would hear and consider the quarterly updates and reports by the city Director of Streets & Sanitation Javier Duran. According to Duran they have continued to patch potholes and some cutouts where the Water Dept. had made repairs or brought in new taps. They continued to work on the caliche roads, cleaned out ditches, and continued with alley clean-up and maintenance. The landfill continues to do business as usual.
Duran also told the Council that they had an inspection from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ) on November 12, 2022. According to Duran TECQ found some minor violations. They found a couple of areas where the perimeter fence to the landfill was not to the specified height and found some broken strands of barbed wire. TECQ also found some marker signs that did not meet the required height and were mounted on a chain-link fence, not its own poles. Duran told the Council all minor violations have been fixed.
In the next item of business, the Council would hear from Water & Wastewater Director James Nix about the repairs cost of two water towers in Brownfield. The towers which were repaired are the one behind United Supermarket (East Tower) and the other behind Calvary Baptist Church (West Tower). According to Nix, the East Tower was inspected on Oct. 5, 2021 by Texas Tank Service and the following recommendations were given. Keep this facility on a scheduled maintenance program to maintain the integrity of the water storage facility and help preserve the quality of the water. Add “Confined Space Entry” placards to the water access hatch and the manway access hatch in compliance and install a new water access ladder with cable style fall protection to comply with OSHA standards. Machine prep the corroded areas of the external overflow pipe and flapper and add a new protective coating. Perform a chemical power wash of the tank interior to remove all staining and extend the life of this structure. Sandblast and recoat, with an NSF-approved epoxy, because the tank interior has numerous corrosion nodules and heavy corrosion. Install fall protection to the ladder from the catwalk to the roof, to ensure the safety of anyone accessing this component and to comply with OSHA standards regarding fall protection. Replace and enlarge the mushroom style roof ventilation structures and installing new TCEQ approved 16-mesh screens due to the heavy amount of corrosion and delamination occurring on the exterior of each component. Perform a pressure-wash on the exterior of the facility to remove staining and extend the life of this structure.
These recommened repairs were done in November of 2021, however the cost of the recommendations went over budget of the 2021-2022 capital improvement plan, by about $15,000. According to Nix, there was a communication error between Texas tank Service and his department about when to begin work on the West Tower. Nix noted that Texas Tank Service inspected the West Tower also on Oct. 5, 2021 and had these recommendations which are similar to the East Tower. In order to keep the West Tower on a scheduled maintenance program to maintain the integrity of the water storage facility and help preserve the quality of your water, a “Confined Space Entry” placards should be added to the water access hatch and the manway access hatch, also install a new water access ladder with cable style fall protection to comply with OSHA standards. Replace and enlarge the roof ventilation structure due to the amount of condensation and corrosion currently accumulating within the facility. Sandblasting and recoating, with an NSF approved epoxy, the exterior of the facility to remove all corrosion and extend the life of this structure. Perform a chemical power wash of the tank interior to remove all staining and extend the life of this structure. Sandblast and recoat, with a NSF approved epoxy, the tank interior due to numerous corrosion nodules and heavy corrosion. It was also noted that the West Tower should be considered for rehabilitation in the near future.
Texas Tank Service began the process of the recommended work needed for the West Tower. According to City Manager Jeff Davis, this caused another capital expense that was not budgeted or covered in the 2021-2022 capital plan. Mayor Tom Hesse asked Davis, “Do we (the city) have the money?” Davis responded to the Council, “Lets go back to the CLFR Funding (Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery) … that is one of the things we can use it for. So that would be an option is to use some that CFLR money and that would be my suggestion.” However, the Council will have to make resolution for a “budget amendment” in order to move those CFLR funds to the 2021-2022 fiscal budget. Councilman Eric Horton made the motion to accept the recommendations from Nix, it was seconded by Councilman Celso Duran and approved unanimously. At the next Council meeting there should be a resolution to make a budget amendment.
The meeting adjouned and all Council memebers were present except Councilman Miachael Tackitt. The next meeting is slated for Thurday, January 20, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.