A HEALTHY ARRANGEMENT

Services Provided

Planning

  • Water and Waste Water
  • Capital Improvements

Financing

  • Grant: Community Development

Management

  • Construction and Labor Compliance
  • Project Management
  • Acquisition Services

By working together, the City of Brenham and Washington County fixed a bad situation—and made life safer and healthier for rural residents. 

AS THE SEAT of Washington County and home to “The Best Ice Cream in the Country,” the City of Brenham, Texas (pop. 16,000) sees a lot of economic activity. However, immediately adjacent to the city limits, a small group of low-income families was dealing with a public health crisis. The residential community’s on-site sewer system was dated and dysfunctional—to the point that raw sewage could be seen in yards and ditches surrounding the homes. Leaders in Washington County contacted Public Management, Inc. to evaluate options for making the area safe.

Since the affected properties fell under the county’s jurisdiction, Public Management advised Washington County to apply for a Texas Community Development Block Grant to provide sanitary sewer service and an on-site treatment facility.

County officials initially rejected the plan, citing the fact that the City of Brenham had both the capacity and facilities for treatment. Luckily, the City of Brenham is also a Public Management client. So, the three parties sat down and negotiated a plan for collection and treatment.

With a solution and an agreement in place, Washington County leaders procured Public Management to prepare the grant application and manage the project. The county was awarded $257,000, and the team began construction and supervision.

Over the course of a complex, carefully scrutinized TxCDBG program, Public Management set up an accounting and compliance system, ensured eligibility of beneficiaries, performed the environmental review, ensured compliance with labor standards, requested grant funds as needed, coordinated design and construction with the engineer and contractor, prepared all of the program closeout documents and attended to all monitoring audits. Public Management also facilitated the acquisition of nine easements to complete the project, and ensured that the process was in compliance with the Uniform Act.

Under the new system, the City of Brenham now collects and treats sewage in accordance with state and federal regulations. Most important, owners of fifteen households received first-time sanitary sewer service—and the neighborhood is now viable and livable for generations to come.

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