City Council Preview (April 26)
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 26. 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 (6 p.m.)
HOT Funds for Wayfinding Program
The council will consider approving $256,000 in hotel occupancy tax funds for the first phase of the wayfinding program implemented by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2005, the BCSCVB and the cities of Bryan and College Station began developing a wayfinding program to provide an easy-to-follow signage system to help visitors find area attractions, facilities, districts and other destinations. The project was suspended due to cost and scope overruns. After Texas A&M announced its new alignment with the Southeastern Conference last fall, the project was resurrected in anticipation of thousands of new visitors and fans visiting the area in 2012.
With a proposed budget of $400,000, the first phase of the program could be in place by September, with proportional funding from each city’s hotel occupancy tax revenue. Seven destinations are proposed in College Station and four in Bryan. As a result, College Station’s portion is $256,000 and Bryan’s portion is $144,000.
Northgate Area Development Activities
The council will receive an update on recent development activity in the Northgate area.
Naming Policy for City Facilities
The council will consider revising the naming policy for city facilities and sub-facilities to more accurately detail criteria and procedures.
Regular Meeting (7 p.m.)
This is not a complete list of consent agenda items. Refer to the regular meeting agenda for a list of all the consent items.
Dexter Drive Sidewalks
The council will consider a “Resolution Declaring Intention to Reimburse Certain Expenditures with Proceeds from Debt” for the $200,000 Dexter Drive Sidewalk project approved by voters in the 2008 bond election. The sidewalks will be along the west side of Dexter Drive from Park Place south to Winding Road. The resolution is necessary because the long-term debt won’t be issued until later this year.
SH 30/Copperfield Signal and Intersection
The council will consider a “Resolution Declaring Intention to Reimburse Certain Expenditures with Proceeds from Debt” for the $777,000 State Highway 30/Copperfield Signal and Intersection Modifications project approved by voters in the 2003 and 2008 bond elections. The debt will be issued later this year.
University Drive/Copperfield Parkway Signal
The council will consider approving an Advanced Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to powdercoat new signal poles at the University Drive-Copperfield Parkway intersection. TxDOT is developing plans to widen University Drive from Highway 6 to F.M. 158 from an existing 2-lane undivided highway to a 4-lane roadway with a raised median. The city’s estimated cost won’t exceed $4,000.
Sale of Affordable Home
The council will consider approving a contract for the sale of a home located on city property at 4214 Cripple Creek for $149,900. The house was built with $149,335 in HOME Investment Partnership Program grant funds in 2010. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that the property be sold to an individual, household, or family at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income.
Landscape Maintenance Contract Renewals
The council will consider renewing landscape maintenance contracts worth $508,434.22 to Green Teams ($266,629.22), Rainbow Gardens ($90,252), Landscape USA ($50,205), Roots ($12,240) and ProGreen ($81,728). The contracts also would add additional sites.
East Side Sewer Service Design Contract
The council will consider approving a design contract worth $204,000 with Jones & Carter, Inc., for the design of the East Side Sewer Service Project. More than $1.5 million is budgeted in the Wastewater Capital Improvement Projects Fund. The City of Bryan will reimburse the City of College Station for half the cost.
Justice Assistance Grant Agreement
The council will consider approving an inter-local agreement with Brazos County and the City of Bryan for the application and acceptance of a $55,643 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The College Station Police Department plans to use its $13,745.35 in grant funds for local initiatives, technical assistance, training, equipment, supplies and information technology projects.
After public hearings, the council will consider approving the rezoning of the following properties:
- 2849 Barron Rd.
- 1024 and 1026 Foster Ave. (Foster Avenue Apartments)
- 3182 Holleman Dr. South
- 3100 Haupt Rd. (The Barracks II)
Mobile Food Vendor Revisions
The council will consider amending the city’s mobile food vendor ordinance that was adopted in February 2011.
Northgate Outdoor Dining and Entertainment
The council will consider amending the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow sidewalk dining and entertainment.
General Obligation Improvement, Refunding Bonds
The council will consider authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $38 million in General Obligation Improvement and Refunding Bonds. The city can save more than $200,000 per year by refunding, or refinancing, some of its previous bonds from 2003, 2004 and 2005.
City voters approved the improvement bonds in 2003 and 2008, and this ordinance would issue the remaining $440,000 from 2003 and $4 million from 2008 to provide for street and transportation projects, sidewalk improvements, hike and bike trails and parks and park facilities improvements. The city typically issues debt to fund various capital projects identified and approved as a part of the annual budget.
Certificates of Obligation
The council will consider authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $17.3 million in Certificates of Obligation to provide for electric, water and wastewater improvements.