Some city facilities in Brownwood are getting some much needed upgrades.
The City Council recently issued a $600,000 tax note to provide improvements and installations for the Brownwood Coliseum, the Adams Street Community Center, the Bennie Houston Recreation Center, the Depot and the Service Center. The city will pay off the tax note in increments within seven years.
"Many times when you have tough or difficult budget years, you don't do your maintenance the way you should because you just cut back," Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree said. "That's what we've done over the last five years. This is kind of a way for us to catch up and these are major improvements for these buildings."
The Coliseum and the Adams Street Community Center will be getting new roofs. The Bennie Houston Recreation Center will be getting a new air conditioning unit. The Depot center where the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce is located will be getting a new fire alarm system.
Park and Recreation Director David Withers, who oversees the four aforementioned facilities, said it's been about 15 to 20 years since the Coliseum roof got repaired.
"We were already having some leaks. These changes were certainly needed" Withers said. He also said while these changes are overdue, he is grateful they are happening now rather than postponing them until later. "Hopefully it'll be something that lasts for many years to come."
"You need to keep your roof dry to keep everything else working properly. You can't let your facilities fall down around you," Rountree said.
The Brownwood Municipal Airport will also be getting a facelift, with the help of a roughly $2.5 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. Rountree said the city will match 10 percent of that amount. All of that money will supply a new roof for the airport's hangar as well as a runway makeover.
Rountree said construction on the airport should begin within 90 days, and all projects are expected to be completed by spring of 2014.