City Council Preview (June 14)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 14. 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.)

CVB Annual Report

The council will hear a report from the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau about its activities in 2012. The city provides the CVB with $1 million each year from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund.

HOT Fund Grant Process

The council will discuss the proposed Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund event grant application, review and approval process. The council could consider formally adopting the process in July.

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.

HOME Project at 1017 Fairview

The council will consider a construction contract for $93,765 with Orion Construction for the demolition and reconstruction of the home at 1017 Fairview. The project would be funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program. In April, the council approved an owner agreement for the project, which also will include mortgage refinancing. The contract is a tri-party agreement among the homeowner, Orion Construction and the City of College Station, with the city providing oversight and financial management. 

Grant to Reynolds & Reynolds

The council will consider payment of $45,000 in grants to Reynolds & Reynolds for its economic performance in the Business Center in 2011. The payment is the fifth in a 10-year Economic Development Agreement that a previous council unanimously approved in 2006. The agreement requires Reynolds & Reynolds to maintain real and personal property worth at least $24 million and an annual payroll of $18 million.  Based on the Statement of Compliance submitted by Reynolds & Reynolds, the company has established real and personal property valued at about $62 million with a payroll of more than $21 million.

Funding for Wayfinding Signs

The council will consider a funding agreement amendment not to exceed $256,000 with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Wayfinding Program. The amount represents 64 percent of the cost of the program’s first phase and is the total amount the city will pay. The budget for this phase is $400,000, which will come proportionately from each city’s hotel occupancy tax fund. The council approved the first phase in April.

Regular Agenda

Rezoning for 111 North Dowling Rd.

The council will consider the rezoning of less than one acre at 111 North Dowling Rd., which is generally located at the intersection of Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Wellborn Road, to allow for commercial development.

Sunset Advisory Commission

The council will discuss the Sunset Advisory Commission’s report and recommendations about council-appointed boards, commissions and committees.

Lick Creek Nature Center

The council will discuss the Lick Creek Nature Center and consider the Lick Creek Park Nature Center Advisory Board’s recommendations, which include a main building with office space, meeting space and restrooms, an outdoor classroom and a small storage building. About $2.5 million is budgeted for the project in the Parks Capital Improvement Project Fund.

Lick Creek Wastewater Plant Improvements

The council will consider a construction contract for $2.3 million with Bryan Construction for miscellaneous improvements to the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will include the centrifuge, sludge holding tank, return activated sludge process, process controls, clarifier catwalks and the influent lift station guiderails.

SCADA Man-Machine Interface Replacement

The council will consider a contract not to exceed $520,000 with the Reynolds Company for the replacement of SCADA Man-Machine Interface. Years ago, the city’s water and wastewater facilities had to be staffed around the clock, but the installation of an electronic remote control system called Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) allowed the required workforce to be trimmed by almost two thirds, saving the city millions of dollars each year. The SCADA system retrieves data and operates equipment through the Man-Machine Interface (MMI), which allows operators to understand the controls and obtain meaningful information. Installed more than 15 years ago, the original MMI must be replaced to function properly with the latest generation of control components and for serviceability.

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