Local News Headlines–6/7/2013

The Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission yesterday unanimously adopted recommendations that could allow tattoo businesses downtown.  Nancy Hardeman was a member of the subcommittee that looks to balance new businesses with protecting the investment made in downtown Bryan.  Chairman Michael Beckendorf pointed out their vote was not the last step in the request by Arsenal Tattoo to operate at 26th and Sims.  The city council still has to approve changing the regulations. And if that’s done, the business owner has to apply for a conditional use permit for the art studio and return to the P and Z and the city council.  The earliest the council can consider the recommendations is June 25th, since the agenda for next Tuesday has already been released.

Last year, A&M system employees saw a 20-percent decrease in their health insurance premiums.  Starting September first, the average premium will drop another 16-percent. Chancellor John Sharp says the system will spend $5-million in health care reserves.  And, local state lawmakers helped find funding. Sharp also announced a new wellness initiative for insured employees and spouses.  For those completing a free wellness exam, they will receive a premium discount of $30 a month during the 2015 fiscal year. Money has also been found to pay for system schools and agencies to hold wellness-related activities.

And, the history of downtown Bryan includes movie theaters. The new executive director of the Downtown Bryan Association, Sandy Farris, says that’s the theme of a special event tomorrow morning.  The Schulman family will hold a memorial event for the late William Schulman which is also a fundraiser for Hospice of Brazos Valley and the Downtown Bryan Association.  The fundraiser starts tomorrow morning at 11 at the Palace Theater.