The Brady Council had a busy night as they met for their regular session on Tuesday night. A near overflow crowd was on had to express their concerns over the use of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery funds by the city and implored the Council to return the funds. Much of the concern revolved around the potential strings or mandates that could come into play should the city opt to use the funds. The total amount of funds involved is $1,313,000 half of which been given to the city and must be spent or returned by December, 31 2024.
After additional discussion, Mayor Groves asked for a motion to approve the use of the funds by the city but it failed for the lack of a motion. Another motion was made to return the funds received as soon as possible was made and seconded and that motion was approved 5-0.
In other business, the Council passed the final readings on ordinances giving approval for the funding of two BEDC projects - Serenity Quilts ($100,000) and Youngblood Tire ($34,000). Also approved was the first reading of an ordinance to amend the FY 2021-22 budget that transfers unfinished FY 2021 projects to the FY 2022 Budget.
Next up for the Council was a discussion on formulating the procedure to select the next City Manager. The Council wants to conduct the interviews and to have the final say on who becomes the next City Manager.
The final item on the agenda was a discussion about camping in city parks. There was some concern that people were staying longer than allowed and that tent camping was becoming an issue. Council stated that they want staff to create an Ordinance that indicates how long persons may camp at any one given time and that tent camping (other than at Brady Lake) not be allowed.
Mayor Groves then recessed the open meeting for a reception for outgoing City Manager, Dennis Jobe who is retiring at the end of October. Following the reception, Council went into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters (City manager) and to consult with the City Attorney. At the conclusion of the Executive Session, Council voted 5-0 not to accept applications for the City Manager position until June 1, 2022. The meeting was then adjourned at 9:10PM.
The next regular meeting of the Council will be on November 2, 2021 at 6PM at the Municipal Courtroom.