Construction projects, jobs discussed at Brownwood City Council meeting

BROWNWOOD, Texas - More construction projects mean more activities and job opportunities, and that is the case for the city of Brownwood.

Construction projects in the area were the main topic discussed in Tuesday's Brownwood City Council meeting.

Two of the big projects include a soccer complex and a new manufacturing plant.

Brownwood Assistant City Manager Emily Crawford said negotiations are in the works to secure a company that would provide fracking material for the oil and gas industry. The site location will likely be on FM 45 near Kohler.

Crawford said the company would have a huge impact on the city.

"It would create about 100 jobs, maybe 150 jobs. It would also create a huge limelight for Brownwood because of the type of product that would be made. There is not another ceramic proppant plant in Texas and so this would be the first of its kind actually in Texas," said Crawford.

The Brownwood Economic Development Corporation will meet with the company on April 10 to discuss steps in moving forward.

Council members also discussed progress on a roughly $2.2 million soccer complex that's expected to be completed by fall of 2015.

"Soccer is big everywhere because it's relatively inexpensive and kiddos don't have to have a lot of equipment to play," said Bobby Rountree, Brownwood city manager.

Rountree said city workers will be working on construction of the complex rather than hiring a contractor in order to save money.

Other items on the city council agenda included updates on the new fire station, insurance for homeowners in flood plains, and ways to better utilize the municipal airport. The mayor also declared March as Social Work Month.

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