Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (March 8)

8:25 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned. The council meets again March 22.

8:24 p.m.

Garza Appointed to Keep Brazos Beautiful Board

The council unanimously approved Venessa Garza to a three-year term as the city’s representative to the Keep Brazos Beautiful board of directors.

8:23 p.m.

Rezoning of Former Plaza Hotel Property

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the rezoning of 11 acres at the northwest corner of the Texas Avenue and University Drive intersection to allow for a mixed-use and multi-family redevelopment. All existing buildings, including the former Plaza Hotel tower, will be demolished before building permits will be issued. Improvements to the intersection are expected to offset the impact of the development on traffic.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


7:22 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The following items were unanimously approved:

  • A professional services contract for $297,239 with Bleyl & Associates, Inc. for planning, design and construction services for the Cooner Street Reconstruction Project.
  • A purchase agreement for a dewatering chemical not to exceed $158,400 with BASF Corporation, and a purchase agreement for a dewatering chemical not to exceed $69,720 with Atlantic Coast Polymer, Inc.
  • An annual agreement for $809,550 with Techline for wire and cable to be stored in inventory.
  • A water meter purchase contract for $149,432.70 with Aqua-Metric Sales Co.
  • An agreement terminating the city’s Borrowed Employees Agreement with BVSWMA, Inc.

These items were pulled and voted on separately:

  • By a 6-1 vote, the council approved a contract and fees for the College Station Fire Department’s Revenue Rescue Cost Recovery program. Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the motion.
  • By a 6-1 vote, the council approved an Advanced Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to powdercoat the signal poles as part of TxDOT’s project to improve the State Highway 6 and Southwest Parkway interchange. The city’s estimated cost is not to exceed $8,000. Fields voted against the motion.
  • By a 5-2 vote, the council approved the payment of an economic development incentive of $250,000 to Texas A&M’s Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies. This the is third of five payments under an economic development agreement signed in 2006. Councilmember Katy-Marie Lyles joined Fields in voting against the motion.

7:17 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

5:29 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items and gave committee reports, the workshop was adjourned. The council has gone into executive session and will return for the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

5:13 p.m.

Transportation Capital Improvement Projects

The council discussed the public engagement process for transportation capital improvement projects. To streamline the capital project delivery process and make the most efficient use of staff time, council will consider requiring only one public hearing on each transportation project before advertising for construction bids.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


5:07 p.m.

Revenue Rescue Cost Recovery Program

The council heard a presentation from Fire Chief R.B. Alley on the Revenue Rescue Cost Recovery program, which is designed to recover costs for responding to certain vehicle accidents, vehicle fires and hazardous material spills or leaks. Alley outlined the program in a blog post earlier this week on the city’s website. The council unanimously approved the concept in November and will consider approving a contract and fees as part of the regular meeting’s consent agenda.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


4:11 p.m.

The council recognized local Girl Scouts with a centennial proclamation declaring 2012 as the “Year of the Girl.”

4:06 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online.