LCRA awards $23,500 grant to Brenham Police Department

New traffic control devices will help protect the public during events in downtown Brenham

Nov. 20, 2018

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LCRA representatives present a $23,500 grant to the City of Brenham Police Department to purchase a bollard system to help protect public safety during events in downtown Brenham. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: James Fisher, City of Brenham city manager; Pamela R. Ruemke, Brenham Police Department public safety systems administrator; Pamela Jo "PJ" Ellison, LCRA Board member; Todd Ashorn, Brenham Police Department; Allwin Barrow, chief of police; Curtiss Schoen, Brenham Police Department sergeant; Crystal Locke, City of Brenham community services; Carolyn Miller, City of Brenham assistant city manager; Kelvin Raven, Brenham Police Department sergeant; and Lloyd Powell, Brenham Police Department operations captain.

The City of Brenham Police Department now can purchase a new removable bollard system to help control traffic and protect the public during downtown events, thanks to a $23,500 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The 47 movable bollards will enable police to easily block off downtown streets for pedestrians to prevent damage to property and threats to life from vehicles during festivals and other special events. 

“The new bollard system will help our police department protect the many citizens and visitors who gather downtown for the more than 15 events each year,” said Dane Rau, City of Brenham public works director. “Police will be able to more efficiently and effectively close down streets and prevent vehicular traffic from entering without having to staff each intersection with officers.”

Rau said the removable bollards are an excellent public safety solution for areas that often switch between dedicated pedestrian use and vehicle traffic, allowing for removal and replacement as traffic needs dictate.

The community grant is awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Brenham is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit lcra.org.

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