Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 14)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online.

5:46 p.m.

The workshop has started.

5:50 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Creek Meadows Lift Station: The agreement would increase the capacity of the Creek Meadows sewage lift station to serve the recently annexed Wellborn area. The original developer built the station in 2006 near Greens Prairie Trail and Royder Road. The current developer plans to increase capacity to serve the build-out of the development. The 2011 annexation of the Wellborn area included a gravity sewer line along Live Oak and Royder Road that terminates into the Creek Meadows station. City staff has calculated the potential sewer flow the new sewer line will serve and has negotiated an agreement with Creek Meadows Partners to combine the improvement projects and share the cost. A total of $212,587 is included in the FY16 Wastewater Capital Improvement Projects Oversized Participation budget to execute the agreement.

6:08 p.m.

Business Security Camera Surveillance

The council heard a presentation on stronger regulations for security cameras at businesses such as convenience stores. Under the proposed ordinance, the cameras would have to be located at appropriate locations, record in high-resolution color, display the correct date and time and be able to capture clear images in darkness or low lighting.

The quick identification and ultimate capture of the suspect in last year’s abduction and homicide at the Exxon at University Drive and SH6 was attributed in part to high-quality surveillance video.

The ordinance will come back for consideration by the council on Jan. 28.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:38 p.m.

Historic Preservation Annual Report

The council discussed the Historic Preservation Committee’s annual report.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:51 p.m.

Naming and Sponsorship Policy

The council heard a presentation on new policies for the sponsorship of the city’s public facilities, properties, special events, and tournaments as well as requests for support. Also included was a new policy for naming city facilities.

The sponsorship policy establishes a standardized approach to assessing the compatibility between the city and potential sponsors, and criteria for consideration of support requests. It received unanimous support from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last summer.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:55 p.m.

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

7:04 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

 7:08 p.m.

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda. Ben Roper recognized Army Sgt. Ariel Rico as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 25-year-old El Paso native died Nov. 28, 2003, after an enemy mortar attack in Mosul, Iraq.

7:09 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A participation agreement with Creek Meadows Partners to increase the capacity of the Creek Meadows Sewage Lift Station to serve the recently annexed Wellborn area. City participation is $212,587.
  • A purchase ($109,661.24) and maintenance contract ($9,422.50 annually) with Physio Control for EMS automatic patient CPR devices.
  • The first of two readings of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Trash Valet & Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Brazos Valley Council of Governments Solid Waste grant application for $9,500.
  • A $37,376 change order to a contract with Iteris to modify the equipment type and quantity for the first phase of the ITS Master Plan. The city will be reimbursed by Texas A&M for video storage servers included in the change order.
  • A $60,000 contract with Jones & Carter for the Preliminary Engineering Report for the Royder Road Expansion Project.
  • A semi-annual price agreement not to exceed $960,000 ($64.00 per ton) with Knife River for Type D hot mix asphalt for street maintenance.
  • A $290,957.66 contract with Shermco Industries for the annual electric substation maintenance labor contract, which includes $242,464.66 in scheduled work and potential repairs, and an additional 20 percent (not to exceed $48,492.93) as a contingency.
  • A $161,600 contract with Seacor Painting for painting four electric substations.
  • An amendment to the inter-local agreement with Texas A&M to provide electric service to the Century Square development north of University Drive. The change allows the Texas A&M System to provide the electrical power.
  • An inter-local agreement with Texas A&M for animal and rabies control services.
  • An inter-local agreement for the sale of one 2009 Dodge 3500 Chassis to the Rocky Creek Volunteer Fire Department for $4,000.
  • An inter-local agreement with the City of New Braunfels for cooperative purchasing activities.
  • An inter-local agreement with the City of Brenham for cooperative purchasing activities.
  • A 24-month contract not to exceed $290,400 with Lynn Chaffin for project management services regarding the replacement of the city’s CAD/RMS system.

7:13 p.m.

Cooner Street Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to change the zoning to Multi-Family for about an acre north of Cooner Street between Eisenhower and Nimitz Streets to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:16 p.m.

Wellborn Settlement Commercial Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to change the zoning from Rural to Suburban Commercial for about two acres between Wellborn Road and Royder Road near Greens Prairie Road West to allow of development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:26 p.m.

Parks & Recreation User Fees

The council unanimously approved new user fees for Parks & Recreation facilities and programs, including increases for facility rentals, cemetery spaces, and some activities. The changes were proposed after an annual review of direct costs and local market rates. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously approved the proposed fees in November.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:26 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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