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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/11

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

Monday, August 10

*8:43 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Mulberry Street regarding an intoxicated subject.  According to the report, a female subject was located across the street from the MHMR building.  The female, identified as 64-year-old Alma Finley, had been drinking and was angry because MHMR would not see her in her current state of intoxication, the report states.  EMS was called to treat her however; Finley would not cooperate, according to the report.  This call led to the arrest of Finley for public intoxication.  Finley was transported to the Brown County Jail where she was later reported to have spit on two staff members, a Brown County Sheriff’s deputy reported.

*10:43 AM – Brownwood Police were responded to the 1400 block of Coggin Avenue regarding terroristic threat.  After a short investigation, it was determined the incident to be harassment, which was documented by police.

*8:07 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3400 block of 4th Street regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that between August 7th and 8th, someone stole approximately $1500 worth of tools from the residence.

*9:47 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of Sharp Street regarding the theft of copper/aluminum wire.

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Brownwood Awards $6 Million Contract for Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council voted unanimously to award a $6,497,630 contract to Gracon Construction Inc. of Mesquite, Texas, for improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and to allow the city manager to sign the contact and related documents during their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

The city originally planned to fund the project with the issuance of Certificates of Obligations through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), in the amount of $3,440,000, which were authorized in November 2012 by the council.  These funds have been used for engineering fees for the supplemental water treatment plant engineering fees (which was recently abandoned) and the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) rehabilitation along with other projects (Slayden left station, pumps for the WWTP, and FEMA map revision).  There is currently $2,654,000 remaining for construction in the WWTP rehab project, according to City Manager Emily Crawford.

On May 20, 2015, the council authorized additional rehab project improvements totaling $2,317,000 to the WWTP ($1,505,000), the Roanoke water storage tank ($680,000) and lift station repairs ($132,000).  City officials anticipated that these projects would be funded through the COs with the bond payments covered through increases in the city’s water base rate and sewer rate.  The sewer rate increase was estimated to be 11¢ per 100 cu. ft.  This gave a total of $4,159,000 available for construction of WWTP improvements.

Gracon’s bid, the low of two received, was $2,339,000 more than the funds available for the project, so the city now has to find financing for the unexpected difference.

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Brownwood ISD Set to Lower Tax Rates

bisdlogo3Brownwood ISD is poised to decrease the tax rate for a second year.  At the regular meeting of the Brownwood ISD board of trustees on Monday, board members approved a proposed tax rate for 2015-2016 for public notice.

The proposed tax rate of the district is based on a tax rate of $1.04 for Maintenance and Operations and $0.1751 for Interest and Sinking.  This is a 3.96 cents decrease from the current total tax rate of $1.2547/$100 evaluation

BISD is set to adopt the decreased tax rate at a special called meeting of the board at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26th.  This date allows the business office the needed time to provide greater accuracy to approve the 2014-2015 amended budget, according to BISD Deputy Superintendent of Finance Kevin Gabaree.   After the lower rate is adopted, the district’s tax rate will have decreased a total of 8.96 cents over the last two years.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/10: Multiple Vehicle Burglaries Reported Saturday

LECSmBrownwood Police officers responded to approximately 15 reports of vehicle burglaries on Saturday in the south Brownwood neighborhoods of Crestridge Drive and Surry Lane, according to Brownwood Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller.   Items stolen included purses, a laptop computer, cell phones and accessories, and a .22 caliber pistol, said Fuller.

He explained that all of the burglaries involved unlocked vehicles.  He said that it is best to just get into the habit of locking doors when getting out of a vehicle.

“Value your property, take it inside,” suggested Fuller.  “You’d like to think that society was at a place where you could leave doors unlocked but that is just not the case.”

Citizens are reminded to keep their cars, homes and storage areas locked to protect their possessions.  Remove valuable items from cars or keep them out of plain sight even when the vehicle is locked suggest law enforcement officials.

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Fire Destroys Vacant House Sunday Night

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Brownwood Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 900 block of Hall Street Sunday night.

The fire was reported at approximately 9:00 p.m. and damage of the fire resulted in a total loss of the home.

According to Fire Marshal Buddy Preston, no one was at the home, which had been vacant for approximately 8 years, and there were no injuries reported.

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Daniell Motor Building to be Demolished

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Brown County Commissioners voted to approve demolition of the Daniell Motor Building in order to proceed with the $5.799 million contract with McKinstry  to improve county buildings including the Brown County Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Center and Agricultural Extension Office.  McKinstry is a consulting, construction, energy, and facility service.

The contract focuses on the project goal of making improvements which leverage energy and operational savings that could possibly pay for themselves through efficiency with upgrades and retrofits.

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Early ISD Among 24 School Districts, Charters to Earn Postsecondary Distinction in 2015 TEA Accountability Ratings

TEAlogoThe Texas Education Agency today released the 2015 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters. The ratings reveal that 94 percent of school districts and charters across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard.

Districts and charters (except for those comprised of only one campus) that achieve a Met Standard rating are also eligible to receive a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness. The distinction takes into account factors such as graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation and performance, Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduates and dual credit course completion rates. Postsecondary readiness is the only distinction at the district level.

Only 24 school districts and charters, including Early ISD, earned this distinction for 2015.

“Earning any type of distinction under the state accountability system is commendable and should be a source of pride in that community,” said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. “Achieving the postsecondary readiness distinction reflects extraordinary work taking place within a district or charter while affirming a strong commitment to all their students.”

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Brownwood Police Department Becomes Member of Premier Program Designed to Protect Brownwood’s Children

NatlCenterForMissingExploitedKidsLogoBrownwood Police Department recently completed training and policy elements to become a member of the Nation Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Missing Kids Readiness Program.

From the moment the report of a missing child comes in to the resolution of the case, every action taken has the potential to make the difference between a successful recovery and a tragic outcome.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) developed the Missing Kids Readiness Project to promote best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children.  911 call centers and law enforcement agencies are recognized for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.

To meet the requirements of the Project, the Brownwood Police Department worked with NCMEC on their missing child policy to ensure it met the critical elements of NCMEC’s model policy for law enforcement agencies.  In addition, Chief Mike Corley attended the Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives held at NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, VA and ensured all first responders and front line supervisors completed the necessary classroom and/or online training offered through NCMEC. By demonstrating remarkable leadership and making this commitment of training and preparedness, the Brownwood Police Department is communicating to its citizens and families that protecting the lives and safety of their children is a top priority.

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Brown County Commissioners Vote to Impose Burn Ban

CommCtArticle2014After multiple fires in Brown County and the surrounding counties, commissioners voted to impose a burn ban for Brown County effective today, Monday, August 10, 2015 at their regular meeting of the court.

Commissioner Joel Kelton made the motion stating, “Although the Keetch-Byram Index doesn’t show it (a high fire potential) there were reports of numerous fires around us and in the county to warrant a burn ban.”

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on a daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of 8-inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

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TxDOT Announces Pavement Maintenance Projects Begin This Week Throughout Brownwood District

TxDotlogoMotorists may experience brief delays on several roads throughout TxDOT’s Brownwood district, beginning today.

Crews from Northeastern Pavers, Inc. will begin seal coat work on Monday, August 10.

Currently, roads are scheduled to be seal coated in the following order:

  • SH 16, Eastland County: Palo Pinto County Line to south of IH-20
  • SH 6, Eastland County: Daugherty Street to Loop 389
  • SH 16, Comanche County: Eastland County Line to SH 6
  • FM 1496, Comanche County: South of SH 6 to FM 1476
  • FM 574, Mills County: FM 573 to US 183
  • SH 16, Mills County: US 183 to the Colorado River
  • FM 45, Brown County: South of FM 2126 to Mills County Line
  • US 377, McCulloch County: FM 1028 to US 190
  • US 190, McCulloch County: US 377 to San Saba County Line
  • US 283, Coleman County: CR 220 to McCulloch County Line
  • FM 3425, Coleman County: SH 206 to US 84 Bypass
  • SH 153, Coleman County: Mississippi Street to FM 503
  • US 84, Brown County: FM 3254 East to Romine St. (Underwood’s)
  • FM 2309, McCulloch County: US 87 in Brady to Railroad Crossing

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