Abilene firefighters will be getting new light-wight protective clothing and equipment to help them fight wildfires.
The city council also removed the historical landmark designation from South 1 and Pecan, the site of the old Matera Paper Company.
Fire destroyed the old building near the center of downtown Abilene about a year and a half ago. Taking away the historic designation will allow the owner to build something new.
The city council also voted to accept a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. That grant will pay for new sidewalks and crosswalks on South 1 street from Locust to Butternut.
City officials say the project will make it safer and more attractive for pedestrians.