Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Jan. 10)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 10. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:25 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:31 p.m.

The council recognized the centennial anniversary of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Receiving the proclamation were engineers representing the Texas Section of the ASCE, the cities of College Station and Bryan, and private industry. College Station staff civil engineers pictured below are Chuck Gilman, David Coleman, Alan Gibbs, Stephen Maldonado, Jr. and Troy Rother.

ASCE Recognition

7:15 p.m.

Economic Development Master Plan Phase II

The council received a workshop presentation on Phase II of the city’s Economic Development Master Plan, including the results of a recent survey of local businesses.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:16 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended and the regular meeting has started. The council will complete the workshop agenda after the regular meeting.

7:17 p.m.

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

7:19 p.m.

Mayor Nancy Berry presented a proclamation to Mike Beal (on the right in the photo below). Beal is owner of Century 21 and was recognized recently as the Better Business Bureau’s Boss of the Year. BBB-Brazos Valley President/CEO Bill McGuire is pictured with Beal and Mayor Berry.

BBB Boss of the Year

7:20 p.m.

The council recognized Steve Beachy for his service on the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board. The council will discuss Beachy’s replacement on the board later this evening.

7:30 p.m.

Three people spoke during hear visitors, when citizens can address the council about items that don’t appear on the posted agenda. One asked for an exemption from the local animal ordinance, and the other two spoke against the private landfill proposed west of the city.

7:32 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously approved these consent items:

  • An agreement with Emergicon for not more than $120,000 to provide ambulance billing, accounts receivable and delinquent account collection services.
  • An agreement with Heath Phillips Investments, LLC, regarding the encroachment into a public utility easement in The Barracks II Subdivision.
  • A contract for $59,750 with Binkley & Barfield, Inc. for a TxDOT drainage infrastructure data collection and mapping project.
  • Annual tire purchases of $197,000 from Pilger’s Tire & Auto Center through the state’s tire contract.
  • An annual blanket purchase order of $75,000 for auto parts, shop equipment and services from NAPA Auto Parts through the Purchasing Solutions Alliance contract.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Viridiun for the collection of organic waste from commercial business locations.

The council pulled this item for a separate vote:

  • By a 5-2 vote, the council approved a resolution asking the governor and state legislature to enact laws regulating payday lending and auto title loan businesses. Councilmembers Karl Mooney and Jess Fields voted against the motion.

9:01 p.m.

Rock Prairie Municipal Management District No. 1

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve a resolution supporting state legislation to create a Municipal Management District (MMD) in the area generally west of the Rock Prairie Road Bridge at State Highway 6. Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the motion. This MMD includes the two hospitals and will emphasize marketing and promotion, and limited service enhancements and improvement projects.Funding of these activities will come from assessments and other means described in the proposed legislation and approved by the MMD Board.

9:01 p.m.

The council will take a short break and will consider Municipal Management District No. 2 when it returns.

9:15 p.m.

The regular meeting has resumed.

9:39 p.m.

Rock Prairie Municipal Management District No. 2

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve an amended resolution supporting state legislation to create a Municipal Management District (MMD) in the area generally east of the Rock Prairie Road Bridge at State Highway 6, and includes most of the district’s undeveloped properties. Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the motion. This MMD will focus on complimenting the Tax Increment Refinance Zone funding for select improvement projects, marketing and promotion, and limited service enhancements and improvement projects. Funding of these activities will come from ad valorem taxes, assessments and other means described in the proposed legislation and approved by the MMD’s residents and MMD Board.

Earlier, the council voted 4-3 to approve an amendment to the resolution regarding the board’s structure. Councilmembers Karl Mooney, Blanche Brick and John Nichols voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation on both MMDs received by the council:

9:40 p.m.

Smith Appointed to Twin City Endowment Board

The council unanimously approved Brien Smith to the Twin City Endowment Board of Directors.

9:43 p.m.

Harris Appointed to Groundwater Conservation District Board

The council unanimously approved Bill Harris as the city’s representative on the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board. Harris is the former Director of the Texas Water Resources Institute at Texas A&M, and is a recognized expert in the field of water resources.

9:57 p.m.

ABHR Engagement Letter

The council voted 6-1 to approve an engagement letter for $105,000 with Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP for services connected to the creation of two municipal management districts in the Medical District. Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the motion.

10:02 p.m.

FY13 Budget Amendment No. 1

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve Budget Amendment No. 1 to amend the FY13 budget for $2,070,602. Councilmember Jess Fields voted against the motion. The city charter allows the council to amend the budget after a public hearing if revenues are available. See page 108 of the regular meeting packet for details about the items in the amendment.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

10:07 p.m.

Rezoning 3800 State Highway 6 South

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the rezoning 1.24 acres at 3800 State Highway 6 South from CI Commercial Industrial to GC General Commercial.

10:09 p.m.

Airport Zoning Reference Ordinance Amendment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved an amendment  to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance related t0 the Easterwood Field Airport Zoning Ordinance and eliminating a duplicate Section in Article 5.

10:09 p.m.

The regular meeting was adjourned and the council resumed the workshop agenda.

10:11 p.m.

Green College Station Action Plan

The council was updated on the Green College Station Action Plan, which was developed after council asked staff to focus on environmentally conscious, yet fiscally responsible, programs and initiatives.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

10:16 p.m.

The council discussed the council calendar, future agenda items and received committee reports.

10:17 p.m.

The mayor paid tribute to City Manager David Neeley, whose last day with The city is Friday.

10:17 p.m.

The workshop meeting was adjourned. The council meets again on Jan. 24.

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