Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (Oct. 20)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Oct. 20. 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.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:11 p.m.

Council Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. These items were pulled for workshop discussion:

  • Munson Avenue Rehabilitation: The Munson Avenue Rehabilitation Project will rehabilitate Munson Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to Dominic Drive. In addition to rehabilitating the pavement, water and wastewater lines will be replaced, and a section of underground duct bank for future electrical utilities will be installed. Total project budget of $2.6 million is included for this project in the Streets Capital Improvement Projects Fund, Water Capital Improvement Projects Fund and theWastewater Capital Improvement Projects Fund. Design of the project is scheduled for FY15 with construction scheduled for FY16.

6:31 p.m.

Gateway Signage

The council heard a presentation regarding gateway signage for the city. The consensus of the council was for staff to move forward with the project.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


6:54 p.m.

Aggieland Humane Society

The council accepted a report from the Aggieland Humane Society. The city’s annual payment of $205,000 in sheltering fees is part of tonight’s consent agenda.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


7:00 p.m. 

After the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items and committee reports, the workshop meeting was adjourned. The regular meeting will begin after a short break.

7:10 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:12 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.

7:12 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously approved the entire consent agenda:

  • A $15,000 FY15 funding agreement with of the Memorial for all Veterans of the Brazos Valley, and the organization’s budget.
  • A $102,370 contract renewal with Utility Restoration Services for annual pad-mount equipment repair and restoration.
  • Appointed Bill Harris to the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors, subject to approval by the Brazos County Commissioners Court.
  • A resolution stating that the city council has reviewed and approved the city’s investment policy, broker-dealer list and investment strategy.
  • A $144,820 contract with Binkley & Barfield for professional services associated with the Graham Road Rehabilitation Project.
  • A $377,470 contract with Binkley and Barfield for professional engineering services related to the Munson Avenue Rehabilitation Project.
  • A contract not to exceed $150,000 with DIJ Construction for annual pavement markings and striping of roadways.
  • A $77,150.68 change order with Kieschnick General Contractors for the Royder-Live Oak Sewer Extension Project.
  • A $148,400 contract with Freese & Nichols for professional services associated with the Well Field Collection System Loop Project.
  • Renewal of a consulting contract not to exceed $ 150,000 with First Southwest Company for financial advisory services.
  • The award of a $1,575,000 annual contract to Brenco Marketing Corporation for gasoline and diesel fuel.
  •  An annual payment of $205,000 to the Aggieland Humane Society for contracted services.
  • The 2014 Property Tax Roll of $29,803,313.50.

8:11 p.m.

Oil & Gas Permit

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve an oil and gas operations permit to Halcon Operating Company for a second well on a 71-acre tract north of the Holleman Drive South-Cain Road intersection. Councilman Karl Mooney voted against the motion.

An earlier motion to extend the sound wall around the drill site passed unanimously.

The council approved the first well on Oct. 9.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:


8:11 p.m.

The regular meeting has been adjourned. The council meets again Thursday, Nov. 13.


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