Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 13. 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.

6:00 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:19 p.m.

BCS Marathon

The council heard a workshop presentation on the Scott & White BCS Marathon, which has collected about $370,000 over the last three years for local children’s charities and also raises funds and awareness for the Mercy Project. The 2013 BSC Marathon was the highest-rated marathon in Texas.

The city provided $10,000 in hotel tax funds for the 2013 event, which attracted 4,165 participants from four countries and 40 states. More than 70 percent of the runners were from outside the Bryan/College Station area. Race organizers estimate that participants spent about $713,000 while in town, which doesn’t include charitable donations.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:44 p.m.

School Zone Bike Lanes

The council received a report about possibly adding bike lanes in specified school zones to improve safety. Five schools in the College Station Independent School District are adjacent to streets that don’t have bike lanes. Staff has met with the principals of each school to gather information and access the impacts of potential bike lanes.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:58 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items and committee reports, the workshop meeting was adjourned. The regular meeting will start momentarily.

7:06 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:10 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

7:11 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously approved the entire consent agenda:

  • Amended the city’s Code of Ordinances to move the Historic Preservation Committee  under the authority of the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Cancellation of the award to Stuart C. Irby and re-awarding the annual $546,504 purchase of various transformers and ratification of the purchase of emergency transformers.
  • The first reading of an ordinance granting a non-exclusive natural gas franchise to Atmos Energy Corporation Mid-Tex Division.

Note: The Brazos County Municipal Utility District item was pulled from this week’s agenda. The council is expected to consider it at its March 27 meeting.

7:18 p.m.

Rezoning at 13913 Wellborn Rd.

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to change the zoning district boundaries from Rural to Suburban Commercial for about 1.3 acres at 13913 Wellborn Rd. to allow for development. Councilmember John Nichols voted against the motion.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:19 p.m.

The regular meeting was adjourned. The council meets again March 27.

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