Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- Automated Electric, Water Metering: The council will discuss the benefits, challenges and costs of implementing automated metering for College Station Utilities’ electric and water customers.
- Games of Texas: The council will be updated on preparations for the Games of Texas, an Olympic-style amateur sports festival scheduled for July 31-August 4 and again in 2015. Hosted by College Station, Bryan and Texas A&M, the event is funded by hotel occupancy taxes. Corpus Christi reported an economic impact of $15 million from the event in 2012-13.
- Lick Creek Trail, Nature Center: The council will hear a status update on the Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail and Nature Center projects, which were approved by voters in the 2008 bond election. The final design of the projects have been completed and bid packages will soon be available.
- Lincoln Center Design Contract: On the consent agenda, the council will consider a contract with Hawkins Architecture for the Lincoln Recreation Center Expansion project, which was approved by voters in the 2008 bond election. The project includes renovations to the existing building and a new facility with a gym and meeting rooms.
- Southwest Park Improvements: The council will also consider a consent item for a contract with Dudley Construction to install lights, exercise equipment, a picnic shelter and site furnishings to Southwest Park. The project is being funded with a Community Development Block Grant.
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 also can be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.