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Poached traffic signs create safety, cost issues

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By Lee Robinson, Traffic Systems Superintendent

For some reason, quite a few folks in College Station seem to take pride in having a stop, warning or street sign hanging on their wall like a hunting trophy.

Stealing traffic signs may seem like a harmless prank, but these signs aren’t intended to be apartment decorations. They are designed to protect public safety by regulating, guiding and warning motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Some signs may bear a family or girlfriend’s name, remind someone of a favorite place, or have a double meaning. In College Station, it’s not hard to figure out why someone would want signs from Kyle Avenue, 12th Man Circle, and even Papa Bear Drive.

We’re constantly looking for new technologies to tamper-proof and track the signs, but they still keep disappearing. Last year, 151 of our traffic signs were reported missing.

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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (May 18)

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By Colin Killian, Communications Manager

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, May 18. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

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Podcast: Economic development means more than “we’re open”

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

For decades, College Station’s approach to economic development equated to sitting back and waiting for developers to knock on its door.

That’s no longer the case.

In fact, a renewed focus on economic development has become quite strategic and proactive. In this podcast, City Manager Kelly Templin discusses the issue.

Click below to listen. Soundcloud may not play in older versions of Internet Explorer. Click here to listen to the audio file from your system.

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Five things to watch at Monday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]By Colin Killian, Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Monday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Delinquent Accounts Audit: In the workshop, the council will receive a report from the city’s internal auditor on how Utility Customer Service collects and manages delinquent accounts.
  2. Proclamations and Recognitions: The council will recognize College Station High School’s first graduating class and present proclamations recognizing National Public Works Week and National Bike Month.
  3. Ringer Library Expansion: The council will consider a $106,800 contract for the programming and conceptual design for the Larry J. Ringer Library Expansion Project.
  4. Lick Creek Hike & Bike Trail: The council will consider a $3.2 million contract for a hike and bike trail from Creek View Park to Lick Creek Park as part of the Lick Creek Hike & Bike Trail project.
  5. Rock Prairie Road West Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider amending the city’s Comprehensive Plan and rezoning map to allow for the development of a convenience store with fuel sales at the southwest corner of Rock Prairie Road West and Holleman Drive South.

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Drive cautiously as new traffic controllers are installed

Copyright:  / 123RF Stock PhotoBy Troy Rother, City Traffic Engineer

The City of College Station Traffic division on Monday will begin installing new controllers on the city’s 78 traffic signals. The project is expected to take about two weeks and will include new communication equipment and software.

During implementation, please obey traffic control and warning devices, and remember that dark signals — those not switching from green to yellow to red – are treated as four-way stop intersections under state law.

The signal work will typically be done nights and mornings when traffic is lightest. The signals will be flashing while the controller is being replaced and other equipment is installed.

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CSPD not the source of recent text alerts

By Lt. Steve Brock, CSPD Public Information Officer

Copyright:  / 123RF Stock PhotoThe College Station Police Department recently learned that several residents received a text message alerting them about a potential threat and advising them to stay in their homes. The exact content and origin of the message is unknown, but the text indicated it was sent by CSPD.

We have not generated any such texts.

We won’t contact individuals with emergency information via text message. Instead, CSPD alerts the community through local media and official outlets such as the city’s blog, website and social media pages.

For more information, contact me at sbrock@cstx.gov or 979-764-3607.

 

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