Bryan Council Agenda Features BBC, PD Chief, Taxes, Roads

Months after resignations forced its temporary shutdown, the Bryan Business Council may be back in business Tuesday night.

At the Bryan City Council meeting, the lone regular agenda item revolves around possible appointments to the BBC. The seven-person group works to help bring business development to the city.

Since the March resignation of four BBC members, the group has not been able to meet because they can't reach a quorum.

Current member Russell Bradley says the resignations are now water under the bridge, and the group is ready to get back to work.

"I think we're going to be more the ambassadors," Bradley said. "We're going to be working with the people that will come into town looking for sites. We're going to be visiting with those people. We're not going to be, I don't think, on the recruiting side like they had been in the past."

Whether all four are named Tuesday, eventually one of the four new members will serve out a term that ends in December of this year, with the other three serving terms that end in December 2008.

Also Tuesday, Tyrone Morrow will be officially introduced to the council, who are expected to officially sign off on him as the new police chief.

The long-time Fairfax County, Virginia lawman was City Manager David Watkins choice to head up the department after a nationwide search.

Morrow will finish work on the east coast and move his family to Bryan, with his anticipated start as chief set for September 10. He replaces the retired Mike Strope.

A major November election could be set in Bryan concerning its senior population. The approval of an ordinance's second reading would mean voters will decide whether the city will freeze its ad valorem taxes for senior citizens and disabled residents.

A petition with more than 1,800 signatures was put before the city in May. Those supporters say seniors on fixed incomes have no way to keep up with rising tax rates.

The election would be November 6.

Finally, the council will vote to approve a $2.66 million bid for the extension of Wildflower Drive and the creation of Towne Center Way. Those roads are near the Bryan Towne Center, which is under construction next to the Brazos Center and will contain a Target among other stores.

The Lauth Property Group, which owns the property, had made a bid to construct the streets, but it was the high bid of five submitted to the city.


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