Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 24)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 24. 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.

6:09 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:42 p.m.

Gig.U

The council heard a presentation on the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project — also known as Gig. U — a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States that seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Improvements to these networks can drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs such as health care and education.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received b y the council:

7:05 p.m.

2013 P&Z  Plan of Work

The council conducted a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission on its 2013 Plan of Work.

7:05 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended. The regular meeting will start momentarily.

7:16 p.m.

The regular meeting has started. Fire Chief R.B. Alley led the council in the pledge of allegiance and opening prayer.

7:23 p.m.

Manziel, Aggie Football Recognition

The council recognized Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Aggie football team on their outstanding 2012 season. The Heisman Trophy winner was out of town, but his mother, Michelle, and his sister, Meri, accepted the proclamation on his behalf. Accepting the team proclamation was Gary Reynolds, director of football operations. The Manziels and Reynolds are pictured below with the council:

 Texas A&M Football Recognition

7:27 p.m.

One person spoke during hear visitors,when a citizen may address the council on any item which does not appear on the posted agenda.

7:30 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously approved these consent agenda items:

  • A $110,630 contract with Aquatec for the replastering of Adamson Lagoon and repairing the filters.
  • The second and final reading of a franchise agreement with Viridiun for the collection of organic waste from commercial business locations.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Budget Roll
  • Off Services for the collection of construction and demolition debris from residential locations.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Brannon Industrial Group for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A $80,842 bid award to HD Supply Utilities for various pad-mounted distribution transformers to be maintained in inventory.
  • A resolution consenting to the City of Bryan’s use of economic development incentives for Woodbolt International.
  • A City Participation Agreement for $26,810 for waterline improvements in the Castlegate II Subdivision.
  • A resolution to accept a $55,281.53 adjustment from the 2010 Homeland Security Grant Program through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

8:08 p.m.

The council voted separately on these consent agenda items:

  • By a 6-1 vote, the council approved a $482,935 contract with Halff Associates for the detailed design of the Lick Creek Greenway Trail project, along with a resolution declaring intention to reimburse certain expenditures with proceeds from debt. Councilmember James Benham voted against the motion. Earlier, the council voted 5-2 against a motion to table the item. Councilmembers Jess Fields and Benham voted for the motion.
  • By a 6-1 vote, the council approved a contract for $104,900 with Ross Joseph Taylor for the sale of the house at 1208 Phoenix. Councilmember Fields voted against the motion.

8:30 p.m.

Brazos Valley Bowl Report

The council received a report about the 2012 Brazos Valley Bowl, a junior college football bowl game played at Kyle Field on Dec. 1. The event received $25,000 in hotel occupancy tax funds for its operations. The official attendance of 4,138 was the largest of any junior college bowl game and had an estimated economic impact of $1.34 million.

8:33 p.m.

HOT Fund Event Grant Program

By a 6-1 vote, the council approved an agreement with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau to administer the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Event Grant Program. Councilmember Fields voted against the motion. This agreement will allow the CVB to effectively and efficiently administer the program to sub-recipients and is similar to the city’s existing agreement with the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

8:42 p.m.

Texas 4-H Roundup HOT Funds

By a 6-1 vote, the council approved $50,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax funds for the Texas 4-H Roundup, which is expected to attract 4,000 participants to College Station in June. Councilmember Fields voted against the motion. The event’s economic impact is estimated to be about $1.1 million.

8:58 p.m.

Capital Projects Program

The council was updated on the city’s Capital Improvements Program, complete with highlights from recently finished projects. Public Works is managing 57 active capital projects, including roadways, facilities, parks, pump stations and pipelines.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

9:03 p.m.

Easement Abandonment on Oakwood Trail

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the abandonment of a 0.07 acre, 15-foot wide public utility easement in the Sandstone Addition to enable  development.

9:11 p.m.

Right-of-Way Abandonment in College Heights

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the abandonment of a 0.03 acre right-of-way in the College Heights Subdivision to enable development. A sanitary sewer main exists in the right-of-way and will be removed and relocated by the applicant.

9:12 p.m.

Easement Abandonment in College Heights

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the abandonment of a 0.02 acre public utility easement in the College Heights Subdivision  to enable development.

9:14 p.m.

Joint Relief Funding Review Committee Appointment

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Kay Barker to the Joint Relief Funding Review Committee, which reviews applications from local non-profit agencies for Community Development Block Grant Public Service funding.

9:15 p.m.

The regular meeting was adjourned. The council will resume the workshop agenda.

9:23 p.m.

After discussing the council calendar, future agenda items and receiving committee reports, the workshop was adjourned. The council meets again Feb. 14.

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