Brookshire City Council examined several items of city policy at its Sept. 3 meeting. Variances were denied and approved for small structures in the city, a road repair bid was rejected and updates …
Brookshire City Council examined several items of city policy at its Sept. 3 meeting. Variances were denied and approved for small structures in the city, a road repair bid was rejected and updates on trash and animal control services were provided.
First up was a discussion on whether to allow a mini house to be placed at a property on Seventh Street. Immediately following that was a request for two variances to allow a mobile home park to be built on Gassner Road. The first variance would have allowed the lot size to be 1,950 square feet, while the second would have allowed for back in spaces rather than pull through spaces. Both the request for the back in spaces and the mini home were denied while the variance for the lot size was approved due to what city attorney Justin Pruitt said was confusing terminology in the associated city ordinance.
City Council instructed Pruitt to rewrite the ordinance to add appropriate clarity regarding the lot size issue.
A bid by AAA Asphalt for the repair of Stalknecht Road was declined after Alderman Eric Green said he’d reached out to Waller County Engineer Yancy Scott to discuss utilizing an interlocal agreement with the county that would reduce the cost for repairing the roadway. Stalknecht Road is a split responsibility between the county and city from a maintenance perspective. Council directed Pruitt to review the agreement with Waller County to identify how much of the repair would be the city’s responsibility and how much would be under the county’s purview.
Council members also discussed the status of the city’s animal control department which is currently unstaffed. The city had previously directed Police Chief Brandal Jackson to hire an applicant, but Mayor Darrell Branch said he was not satisfied with that applicant and wished for other options to be explored. With the mayor acting as approval for the hiring of city staff, the situation was tabled until additional information could be examined.
Alderman Lee Jones gave a brief update regarding the rebuilding of the city’s animal shelter. While an improved and updated facility had been considered, Jones said. After looking at what the city could afford, the reconstruction of a facility similar to what the city has previously had was examined instead with estimates for the cost of the rebuild coming in at about $480,000. The facility, if approved, would include an office, air conditioning and heating for the office, kennels and a horse stall.
Brookshire City Council meets twice monthly and dates and agendas for their meetings may be found at: https://www.brookshiretexas.org/meetings.