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

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

5:53 p.m.

The workshop has started. Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilman James Benham are absent tonight.

5:53 p.m.

The council took no action on items discussed in executive session.

5:54 p.m.

No items were pulled for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda.

6:24 p.m.

Annexation Update

The council unanimously directed staff to continue the annexation process for about 200 acres in an area generally bordered by Wellborn Road, Greens Prairie Trail and Royder Road. Earlier this year, the council granted the landowner’s request to annex about 70 acres and expressed an interest in annexing additional properties in the vicinity.

A public meeting was conducted with stakeholders on Oct. 6, and additional public hearings will be scheduled. Council is scheduled to take final action in April.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

 

6:32 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items and committee reports, the workshop meeting was adjourned. The regular meeting will start about 7 p.m.

7:02 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:07 p.m.

CSFD Presentation to MDA

Members of the College Station Fire Department and the College Station Professional Firefighters Association presented a ceremonial check for $27,972 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association from the department’s recent Fill the Boot fundraising campaign. MDA Fundraising Coordinator Maddie Hartsfield (below) accepted the check and expressed her appreciation to the council.

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7:10 p.m.

Arts Council Recognition

Mayor Pro Tem Karl Mooney presented Arts Council of Brazos Valley Executive Director Chris Dyer with a proclamation recognizing the ACBV for earning the 2014-15 Friend of Texas Arts Education Award, which is given by the Texas Art Education Association.

Pictured from left to right below are Jami Bevans, board member for the TAEA, and Arts Council board members Irma Cauley, Hans Hammond and Pam Smits.

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7:14 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One citizen spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda. Ben Roper recognized Air Force Airman 1st Class Raymond Losano as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial. The 24-year-old from Del Rio died in Afghanistan on April 25, 2003.

7:15 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously approved the entire consent agenda:

  • A $52,740 funding agreement for FY15 with Keep Brazos Beautiful.
  • The purchase of a $655,000 Hazardous Materials Response Vehicle from VT Hackney, Inc.
  • A $1.15 million contract with Pipe Works Constructors for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Blower and Diffuser Improvements.
  • The purchase of three police motorcycles for $55,624.80 from Independence Harley Davidson, an additional one-year extended warranty for $2,901, and the trade-in of one 2010 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle for $8,000.
  • A resolution assigning the medical waste franchise agreement with Medstar Services to Excel Medical Waste Disposal for medical waste collection.
  • An amendment to the city’s traffic code providing a severability clause, declaring a penalty and providing an effective date.
  • Rejected bids for pavilion janitorial services.
  • A three-year agreement estimated at $140,000 for Westlaw online research services and printed materials from West Group for the city’s Legal Department.

 7:36 p.m.

Zoning Boundary Change

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to change the zoning district boundaries for about 32 acres located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Holleman Drive to allow for a multi-family development.

Some multi-family has developed in the area, but multiple commercial areas and additional multi-family areas remain undeveloped. The Planned Development District revises the concept plan for this part of the development to convert a commercial area at the northwest corner of Holleman Drive South and Cottage Lane to multi-family use.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

 

7:51 p.m.

Request to Delay Annexation

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to grant a request to delay the annexation of about 46 acres northwest of the intersection of Fitch Parkway and Tonkaway Lake Road.

In October 2007, the property owner entered into a non-annexation development agreement with the city, which included these provisions:

  • A guarantee that the city will not annex the property for 10 years, unless the terms of the agreement are violated.
  • A promise by the owner to use the property in a way consistent with an Agricultural Open zoning district.
  • A promise by the owner that no person will file a plat or related development document for the property.
  • A provision that a violation of the agreement by the landowner by commencing development would constitute a petition for voluntary annexation.

The property owner has entered into a saltwater disposal lease, and the lessee has started construction on a truck unloading facility on the property. Staff believes this activity violates the terms of the agreement and constitutes a petition for voluntary annexation.

The attorney for the owner had asked the city to delay annexation until the agreement is terminated in October 2017. To provide maximum flexibility, council did not approve a specific annexation date.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

 

7:51 p.m.

The regular meeting has been adjourned. The next regular meeting is Monday, Nov. 24.

 

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