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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Aug. 13)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To hear the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 945 5259 1668.

6:03 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action from its executive session.

6:10 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council discussed these items from the consent agenda, which will be considered in tonight’s regular meeting:

  • George Bush Drive Landscaping: The agreement with TxDOT is for the maintenance of landscaping along George Bush Drive. TXDOT will be installing raised medians from Rosemary Lane to Timber Street. Planter boxes will be installed within the medians along with trees, shrubs, turf plantings, irrigation systems, and other aesthetic elements. The city would maintain landscape elements in the right-of-way.
  • FM2818 Landscaping: The agreement with TxDOT is for the maintenance of landscaping along FM 2818. As part of the FM 2818 widening project, TXDOT will install landscaping improvements from University Drive to Wellborn Road. The improvements will include trees, shrubs, turf plantings, irrigation systems, and other aesthetic elements. The city would maintain landscape elements in the right-of-way.
  • Aggie Football Postgame Traffic Control: The $104,965 contract with Buyers Barricades is for 2020 Texas A&M football postgame traffic control. After each A&M home game, Public Works manages several operations to improve mobility along the roadways. A contractor deploys traffic control devices that close some access points to increase capacities to move football fans safely and efficiently away from Kyle Field. The university reimburses the city for 50% of costs.

6:43 p.m.

Rental Registration

The council heard a presentation about the rental registration program’s history since its adoption in 2009.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:45 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

6:52 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:56 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

6:57 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • Amended the dates and times for early voting in the general and special runoff election on Nov. 3 to elect four city council members.
  • An agreement with TxDOT for the maintenance of landscape along George Bush Drive.
  • An agreement with TxDOT for the maintenance of landscape along FM 2818.
  • An interlocal agreement with the College Station ISD for standby ambulance service.
  • Awarded a $139,496 contract to CF McDonald Electric to install previously purchased VFD at Dowling Road Pump Station.
  • The 2020-24 Consolidated Plan.
  • The FY2021 Annual Action Plan and Community Development Budget.
  • A $34,727 advance funding agreement with TXDOT for the city’s contribution for signal improvements at the Wellborn Road-Holleman Drive intersection.
  • A $246,681 advance funding agreement  with TXDOT for the city’s contribution for utility relocations for the Wellborn-Road-Holleman Drive intersection project.
  • A $91,427 advance funding agreement with TXDOT for the city’s contribution for signal improvements at the intersections of Texas Avenue at Walton Drive and University Drive at Nimitz Street.
  • An award not to exceed $750,000 to Southern Electric Corporation of Mississippi for overhead electric distribution construction and maintenance.
  • A $600,000 contract with Electrical Consultants for engineering services.
  • An inter-local agreement with Brazos County and the City of Bryan for the 2020 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program. College Station has been allocated $13,416.40 for law enforcement programs.
  • A $104,965 contract with Buyers Barricades for 2020 Texas A&M Football postgame traffic control.
  • An annual contract not to exceed $150,000 with Rios Tree Services for tree trimming and removal services.
  • A resolution selecting a depository bank and authorizing the mayor to enter into the contract on the city’s behalf.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $189,000 with Techline for air switches.
  • An amendment not to exceed $99,982 to an agreement with Invoke for additional implementation services for Microsoft solutions.

7:01 p.m.

FY21 Budget Public Hearing

The council conducted a public hearing on the city’s proposed FY21 budget, which is scheduled to be adopted on Aug. 27. The budget was presented to the council on July 23, followed by three budget workshops on July 27-29.

No one signed up to speak in the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:02 p.m.

FY21 Tax Rate

The council is discussing the proposed FY21 property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as the current rate.

Under the Texas Property Tax Code, if the council considers a tax rate that does not exceed the no-new-revenue or voter-approval tax rates, the city does not have to hold a public hearing. If the council considers a tax rate above the no-new-revenue rate, but below the voter-approval rate, the city will call a public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance will not be allowed, but comments will be allowed through Zoom.

The meetings will be streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 945 5259 1668.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Rental Registration: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the rental registration program’s history and changes since its adoption.
  2. FY21 Budget Public Hearing: The council will conduct a public hearing on the city’s proposed FY21 budget, which is scheduled to be adopted on Aug. 27.
  3. FY21 Property Tax Rate: The council will discuss the proposed FY21 property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as the current rate. Under the Texas Property Tax Code, if the council considers a tax rate that does not exceed the no-new-revenue or voter-approval tax rates, the city does not have to hold a public hearing. If the council considers a tax rate above the no-new-revenue rate, but below the voter-approval rate, the city will call a public hearing.
  4. Highway 6 Water Tower: The council will consider a $6.6 million contract with CB&I Storage Tank Solutions for the construction of a 3-million gallon water tower near the intersection of Midtown Drive (formerly Lakeway Drive) and the northbound State Highway 6 frontage road.
  5. Fitch Parkway Rehabilitation: The council will consider an $812,000 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for construction services for the rehabilitation of William D. Fitch Parkway from State Highway 30 to Rock Prairie Road. That section of Fitch has started to fail because of increased heavy loads and truck traffic to the Twin Oaks Landfill.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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Podcast series explores city’s FY 21 proposed budget

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, the All Up In Your Business podcast is back with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on College Station’s Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget.

We’re calling it All Up In Your Budget.

Fiscal Services Director Mary Ellen Leonard joins me to dissect and explain the city’s 330-page budget document, including changes caused by COVID-19, how sustainable we think those are, and what it means to our residents. This budget year is like no other, and we want to make sure residents and taxpayers understand what’s in it, what’s not in it, and why.

A public hearing on the budget will be part of Thursday’s city council meeting, with budget adoption scheduled for Aug. 27. Thursday’s meeting will be streamed live starting at 6 p.m. on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 945 5259 1668. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom.

Episode No. 1 (Conditions)

Episode No. 2 (Revenues)

Episode No. 3 (Expenses)

Episode No. 4 (Capital Projects and Tourism)

All Up In Your Business is available via PodbeanApple PodcastsGoogle PlayIHeartRadioSpotifyStitcher and YouTube. Please subscribe, rate and recommend!

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is entering his 12th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Fall recreation schedule looks different this year

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

In March, our entire world was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses, schools, travel, and parks and recreation facilities were shut down across the country.

Just six months later, many activities have returned, but COVID-19 remains a severe threat. As we approach the fall, the Parks & Recreation Department is faced with tough decisions as we make plans to reopen our facilities and programs. Read the rest of this page »

Which furry Parks Pal will you adopt?

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The College Station Parks & Recreation Department and Brazos Valley Marine Corps League have rescued 1,120 Parks Pals that need a home. That’s 272 dogs, 291 cats, 290 rabbits, and 267 unicorns, to be exact.

Typical Parks Pals are sad balls of fur until someone adopts them, names them, loves them, and takes them on adventures. You know you’ve always wanted one.

Here’s your chance — and they’re free. Read the rest of this page »

Revamped after-school program set for this fall

By Ana Romero, Recreation Manager

The COVID-19 pandemic has led after-school programs across the nation to be reimagined and restructured to safely provide the same high-quality, engaging programs that have been so popular. As parents return to work this fall, the Lincoln Recreation Center’s after-school programs will continue to offer essential support services for families in these uncertain times. Read the rest of this page »