Five Things to Watch at Thursday’s City Council Meetings

The College Station City Council will meet Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Brian Bachmann Community Park?: The council will consider a petition to change the name of Southwood Community Park to Brian Bachmann Community Park in honor of the local constable who died in the line of duty in August. The city has received 130 letters supporting the change.
  2. West Nile Virus Update: The Brazos County Health Department will update the council on its West Nile Virus response along with an overview of its response plans for other large-scale public health incidents. The health department receives $326,500 in annual funding from the city.
  3. Comp Plan and UDO Public Hearing: The council will conduct a public hearing and discuss its annual review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The review will include significant actions and accomplishments, and address problem areas.
  4. Specialized Health Hospital: The council will consider an economic development agreement to support a specialized health hospital with the extension of Normand Drive near the College Station Medical Center. The property owner would build an off-site extension to Normand Drive and sell several acres to a prospective developer, who is expected to invest $10 million and create 200 full-time jobs with the new facility. In exchange, the city would contribute $300,000 to the off-site project — $165,000 in set-aside bond funds and $135,000 received from the College Station Medical Center for the Normand extension.
  5. Local Funding Agreements: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider annual funding agreements with Keep Brazos Beautiful and the College Station Noon Lions Club. Keep Brazos Beautiful gets $46,240 from the Sanitation Fund, including $31,000 for operations and maintenance and $15,240 for community enhancement grants and events such as the Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off and other landscape and litter-abatement projects. The Lions Club receives $10,000 for the annual“I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Click here for the complete agendas and supporting materials.

The 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 can also be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

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