Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (June 14)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 14. 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.

6:07 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Council member Julie Schultz is out-of-town.

6:08 p.m.

Settlement of Lawsuit

The council approved by a 6-0 vote this legal settlement:

In the case of Tracey Sheets, Plaintiff, and City of College Station, Intervenor, v. Get Lucky, LLC dba Lux Nightclub and Alex Ford, Defendants, of the city’s workers’ compensation lien that provides the City of College Station to receive $65,000 net of expenses and plaintiff’s statutory attorney’s fees, to redirect or assign to Sheets any funds collected pursuant to the restitution judgment in favor of the City of College Station from Ford and to authorize the city manager to execute any documents necessary to finalize the settlement of this matter consistent with the approval of this motion.  

 

6:38 p.m.

CVB Annual Report

The council received 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.

6:50 p.m.

HOT Fund Grant Process

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

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


7:05 p.m.

The workshop meeting has been adjourned. The regular meeting will begin momentarily.

7:13 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:17 p.m.

Representatives of the Veteran’s Memorial Board of Directors gave a presentation on the newly-unveiled commemorative statue “Don’t Give Up the Ship” at Veterans Park.

7:28 p.m.

The council received a presentation about the recent Sister Cities’ trip to Salamanca, Mexico. Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:34 p.m.

Consent Agenda

  • A change order for $4,700 to the Jones Butler Road Extension contract with Jones and Carter, Inc.
  • An emergency purchase for the remount and refurbishing of a vehicle from Knapp Chevrolet for $80,000.
  • The renewal of an annual price agreement with Crafco Texas, Inc. for the purchase of Crack Sealant and Detack Material for $121,660.65.
  • The renewal of an annual price agreement with Brazos Paving, Inc. for the purchase of Cement Stabilized Base Rock not to exceed $248,000.
  • The renewal of an annual price agreement to Brazos Paving, Inc. for the purchase of Cement Stabilized Sand not to exceed $137,000.

These consent items were voted on separately:

  • The council unanimously approved a grant application of $9,200 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.
  • By a 5-1 vote, the council approved a contract for the demolition and reconstruction of the home at 1017 Fairview to Orion Construction for $93,765 using federal HOME Investment Partnership Grant funds. Council member Jess Fields voted against the motion.
  • By a 5-1 vote, the council approved the payment of Retention and Expansion, and Payroll Grants of $45,000 to Reynolds & Reynolds. Fields voted against the motion.
  • By a 5-1 vote, the council approved a funding agreement amendment with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau for $256,000 for expenses related to Phase One of the Wayfinding Program for Bryan/College Station. Fields voted against the motion.

7:38 p.m.

Rezoning for 111 North Dowling Rd.

The council unanimously approved 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.

7:43 p.m.

Sunset Advisory Commission Report

The council voted unanimously to accept the Sunset Advisory Commission’s report and recommendations about council-appointed boards, commissions and committees.

8:42 p.m.

Lick Creek Park Nature Center

The council unanimously voted to accept the report on the Lick Creek Park Nature Center by the Lick Creek Park Nature Center Advisory Board, noting the preference of the committee to 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.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:53 p.m.

Lick Creek Wastewater Plant Improvements

The council unanimously approved a construction contract for $2.3 million with Bryan Construction for various 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.

Here is the PowerPoint Presentation received by the council:

9:01 p.m.

SCADA Man-Machine Interface Replacement

The council unanimously approved a contract not to exceed $520,000 with the Reynolds Company for the replacement of the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Man-Machine Interface (MMI). Years ago, the city’s water and wastewater facilities had to be staffed around the clock, but the installation of the SCADA electronic remote control system allowed the required workforce to be trimmed by almost two thirds, which has saved the city millions of dollars each year. The SCADA system retrieves data and operates equipment through the 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.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

9:02 p.m.

The regular meeting was adjourned. The council meets again Thursday, June 28.

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