In a busy Tuesday for Bryan's city council, they gave the OK for the city's fire department to hire half-a-dozen new firefighters.
The new personnel will be used to staff the new Fire Station #5. In October, they'll consider adding another six for 2007, with six more jobs to be considered for 2008. The interview process for the first round of hires will begin later this month.
Bryan will also no longer consider using a TXDoT grant to fund the city's visitors center. The council is still trying to iron out a deal with the owner of property off Houston Street, as well as the details on the makeup of the center. The council toured that property back in October.
TXDoT would have offered up around $400,000 to help with the project, but the caveat was a TXDoT museum would have to be on the site. Bryan's council wants full control of the project, so they will decline the TXDoT grant.
The council also will review a new proposal concerning the number of unrelated adults that can live in a house. Currently, that limit stands at four, but the proposal calls for the creation of new zones where two is the limit. Neighborhood associations would also have the chance to change the limits in their zones. The council will review the information and consider it at a future meeting.
Some Beck Street residents also spoke at the very busy Bryan council meeting. Residents told the council they do not feel authorities are doing enough to prevent crime in the area, and that a more visible presence would deter crime.
Beck Street has been the sight of a number of gang-related incidents over the past couple of weeks. Officials with Bryan PD met with the residents after the meeting to tell them about their plans in that neighborhood.
A pair of Bryan's finest were honored for their service to their country Tuesday. Officer Adam Brooks with Bryan PD and firefighter Michael Land were recognized before the council meeting. The pair of reservists were activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent the last few months in the Middle East.
It's actually the second time Brooks has received recognition from the city. He and other Bryan officer were honored for saving a woman's life after giving her CPR during a heart attack.