BRENHAM CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PARKLET MANUAL – WITH CHANGES

Brenham Town Council approved a handbook which covers the rules and regulations for parklets in Brenham town center at its meeting today (Thursday), with some adjustments.

Board members voted 5 to 1 in favor of adopting the manual after proposing revisions to certain sections of what was presented to the board by the Main Street Board.

One of the approved changes requires parklet promoters to have a food or beverage handler’s license for the preparation of light food. Previously, the manual stated that parklets could only be sponsored by businesses selling primarily food or drink.

Council member Clint Kolby voted against approving the manual and cited this restriction as one of two reasons, saying he disagreed with limiting parklets to dining establishments only. He also said he was not in favor of removing the parking lot.

Another council-approved revision removes language that required final parklet plans to be stamped by an architect, engineer or landscape architect before planning permission could be issued. Upon issuance of a permit, a parklet must be completed within six months.

Additionally, the first round of parklet applications will open for up to 60 days instead of 30. The application period will still open on July 1.stbut will now run until August 30e.

The council also clarified that only one parklet will be allowed per block. A stated restriction on amplified sound was removed from the manual because it is already covered by the city’s sound ordinance.

Other recommendations from the Main Street Board, such as a limit of six parklets in the city center, ensuring that parklets take up no more than two parallel parking spaces and three corner spaces, and no restrictions on the type of crockery allowed, have all been approved. The council also accepted a recommendation ensuring that shade structures will not block the view of downtown buildings or make a nature park less temporary, as well as a stipulation prohibiting the use of grant funding. of Main Street, saving that money for permanent improvements. with long term impact.

Also at today’s meeting, Council:

  • Held a workshop to discuss noise and zoning ordinances.
  • Renewing the City’s Collective Health Plan with the TML Health Benefit Pool and Establishing Funding Rates for the Plan Year Beginning October 1st until September 30, 2023.
  • Approval of a contract between the city and the Texas General Land Office regarding Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation Program infrastructure projects, not related to research and development mitigation funding.
  • Approval of a professional labor contract between the city and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on behalf of the Brenham State Supported Living Center for document shredding and waste management services. The contract is for a period of five years until August 31, 2026 and amounts to an annual cost of $26,400.

Click here to view Thursday’s meeting agenda.

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