Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (April 12)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 12. It is not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

7:24 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned. The council meets again on April 26.

7:23 p.m.

1017 Fairview Owner Agreement – Home Reconstruction Loan

The council approved by a 6-1 vote an owner agreement for the property at 1017 Fairview under the Home Reconstruction Loan Program.  Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the motion. 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.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


7:13 p.m.

Century Hill Development Easement Abandonment

The council unanimously approved an ordinance vacating and abandoning several public utility easements in the Century Hill Development Subdivision to accommodate future development.

7:09 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The unanimously council approved these consent agenda items:

  • A construction contract worth $129,945 to Kieschnick General Contractors for the Fleet Wash Rack Improvements Project.
  • A construction contract worth $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.
  • Renewal of the electric annual construction contract with H&B Construction for $884,737 and a resolution declaring intention to reimburse certain expenditures with proceeds from debt.
  • A resolution to modify the public engagement process for transportation capital improvement projects.
  • A contract worth $58,654 contract with ProSTAR Industries for janitorial supplies.
  • The second of three readings of a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Waste Management Health Care Solutions, Inc. to collect and dispose of treated and untreated medical waste from various health care related facilities.
  • An amendment to the original contract with First Southwest Company in an amount not to exceed $175,000 for financial advisory services.
  • A bid award for the purchase of various pad-mounted distribution transformers maintained in inventory to HD Supply Utilities ($43,692), Texas Electric Cooperatives ($31,650) and Wesco ($15,153).

The council pulled this item for a separate vote:

  • By a 6-1 margin, the council approved the addition of clarifying language to the Reconstruction Program guidelines. Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the item.

7:01 p.m.

The regular meeting has started. Fire Chief R.B. Alley led the Pledge of Allegiance and opening prayer.

6:50 p.m.

After discussing possible future agenda items and receiving various committee reports, the workshop was adjourned. The regular meeting will begin shortly.

6:36 p.m.

The council moved to change the date of the Thursday, May 10 council meeting to Monday, May 14. The meeting was moved since several council members would have been absent on the original date.

6:32 p.m.

Audit Reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The city council voted unanimously to accept 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. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Kersten said the city’s net assets were worth $410.7 million, an increase of $7.9 million from FY 2010. That total includes $320.6 million in capital assets such as roads, facilities, etc.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:22 p.m.

The council presented  a proclamation declaring April 14-20 as Money Week Brazos Valley.

6:17 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Mayor Nancy Berry said no actions would be taken on issues discussed in the executive session prior to the workshop.

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