City Council Preview (April 12)

Here’s a quick overview of some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 12. This blog is not a complete and official agenda.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the website. A detailed live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and also can be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (5 p.m.)

Audit Reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The city council will receive the annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2010-11 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The reports stem from an annual independent audit of the city’s accounts and financial transactions.

Regular Meeting (7 p.m.)

Consent Agenda

This is not a complete list of consent agenda items. Refer to the regular meeting agenda for a list of all the consent items.

College Main Extension

The council will consider approving a contract for $182,629 with Brazos Paving, Inc., for the construction of the College Main Street from the city limit line to 80 feet south of Spruce Street. The asphalt surface will be upgraded to concrete and will tie-in to the existing concrete pavement on College Main. The project also includes upgraded culverts under College Main and new sidewalks.

The project will complement the City of Bryan’s reconstruction of College Main between Old College and the city limit line. Once the two projects are finished, sidewalks and bike lanes will extend from University Drive to Old College. Community Development Block Grant Public Facility funds will pay for the project.

Transportation Projects Public Engagement Process

The council will consider approving a resolution to modify the public engagement process for transportation improvement projects. To streamline the process, staff recommends only one public hearing on each project prior to advertising for construction bids. The current process includes up to three public hearings.

Reconstruction Program Guidelines Update

The council will consider approving clearer language in guidelines for the Housing Rehabilitation and Minor Repair Loan program, and the Housing Reconstruction Loan program.  Guidelines for the Minor Repair and Rehabilitation Loan program allow for refinancing the participant’s first mortgage to reduce the monthly payments, term or interest rate, but the approved Reconstruction Loan Program guidelines did not include that language. While an existing mortgage does not exclude a resident from participating, the inability to refinance the mortgage into the program loan would exclude the resident from participation.

Regular Agenda

1017 Fairview Owner Agreement – Home Reconstruction Loan

The council will consider approving an owner agreement for the property at 1017 Fairview under the Home Reconstruction Loan Program.  Under program guidelines approved by the council in October, clients who are unable to rehabilitate their homes can reconstruct with HOME Investment Partnership Grant Funds. The owner of the Fairview property has met all program criteria. A total of $107,159 in Federal HOME Investment Partnership funds is available under the 2011 Annual Action Plan.