City Council Preview (Nov. 10)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Nov. 10, at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the entire agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Junior College Football Bowl Game

The council will receive a presentation regarding a proposal for an annual National Junior College Athletic Association football bowl game in College Station beginning in December 2012.  The council will consider approving a formal request for the bowl game on Nov. 21. In August, Blinn College began working on the proposal with the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. The group has met with Texas A&M officials and has compiled anticipated attendance numbers, budget and other items.  The Brazos Valley Bowl presented by Blinn College would be played at Kyle Field on the Texas A&M campus. Hotel Occupancy Tax funds will be requested to assist with the proposal and eventual event.

Revenue Rescue Cost Recovery

The council will consider approving the concept of the Revenue Rescue Cost Recovery Program, which would recover some of the costs associated with emergency responses by the College Station Fire Department. The City of Bryan and Brazos County already have similar programs in place. Examples of responses where costs could be recovered include vehicle accidents where hazardous materials are spilled and accidents where hydraulic rescue tools are used. The funds would be collected from the responsible party’s insurance company. Private property that’s not commercially owned, operated or zoned, or individuals without insurance, would be exempt. Estimates indicate the program would generate about $125,000 annually.

Electric Deregulation

The council will hear a presentation on how electric deregulation has affected public power utilities in Texas since legislation was passed in 1999 that required all investor-owned utilities in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region to offer retail deregulation. The legislation allowed municipal electric utilities and electric cooperatives to opt out of retail deregulation.

Regular Meeting (7 p.m.)

Consent Agenda

This is not a complete list of consent agenda items. Click here to view all the consent items.

Dowling Road Pump Station

The council will consider approving a construction contract for more than $2.9 million with Dudley Construction, Ltd., for state-required improvements to the Dowling Road High Service Pump Station, which pumps treated drinking water into the city’s water distribution system. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulates water system pumping requirements to ensure that municipal water systems have adequate capacity for all situations, including fire fighting operations. The project will increase the firm pumping capacity from 22,000 gallons to 34,350 gallons per minute. More than $3.5 million is budgeted in the Water Capital Improvement Projects.

Emerald Forest Park Improvements

The council will consider approving a construction contract for $130,317.94 with JaCody, Inc. for the Emerald Forest Park Improvements Project. Playground equipment will be upgraded along with minor drainage improvements and additional lighting. In addition, the foundation supporting the playground will be elevated to keep equipment from being inundated with water during heavy storms. The sidewalks must also be reconstructed to meet the grades of the playground site. Construction is expected to take approximately three months. A total of $106,000 is budgeted in the Parks Capital Improvement Projects Fund, and $63,000 is budgeted in the Zone 8 Park Land Dedication Fund.

Barron Road East-Lakeway Drive Extension

The council will consider approving a professional services contract for $59,106.08 with Mitchell & Morgan, LLP for the preliminary engineering report on the Barron Road East-Lakeway Drive Extension Project. Approved by voters in the 2008 Bond Authorization, the project will extend Barron Road east of State Highway 6, and Lakeway Drive north to where the roads intersect. A total of $15.1 million is budgeted in the Streets Capital Improvement Projects Fund.

Rock Prairie Road East Widening Design and Right-of-Way

The council will consider approving a real estate contract for $64,117.75 to purchase the right-of-way and a public utility easement for the Rock Prairie Road East Widening Design and Right-of-Way Project. The property is located within the section from SH 6 to Bird Pond Road, which is the focus due to the anticipated increase in traffic when the Scott and White Hospital on the corner of SH 6 opens in 2013.  

Bee Creek Sewer Line

The council will consider approving a professional services contract for $1.5 million with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for design, bidding and construction administration of the Bee Creek Sewer Line. The project includes a sewer trunkline to serve the Bee Creek Sewershed. A significant portion of the existing sewer was installed in 1973, and computer modeling and data indicates the wastewater flows in the existing line are near capacity. The project will increase the system capacity to accept the ultimate build-out demand expected in the area.

Regular Agenda

Rezoning for 2041 Holleman Drive West

The council will consider a rezoning request for 1.217 acres on the northeast corner of the Holleman Drive and Harvey Mitchell Parkway intersection to allow commercial development. The rezoning would include a buffer yard along the property lines of nearby apartment complexes.

Rezoning for 6100 Victoria Avenue

The council will consider a rezoning request for 6.86 acres west of the Castlegate Subdivision on Victoria Avenue to allow residential development. The proposed rezoning is compatible with nearby properties, which are being developed for single-family residential uses.

Appointment to Brazos Animal Shelter

The council will consider appointing a new city representative to the Brazos Animal Shelter Board.

Watch Live on Ch. 19

The workshop and regular meetings can be seen live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the site.