5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (about 5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Affordable Housing Tax Credit: In the workshop, the council will discuss a proposal to develop affordable housing through the state’s low-income housing tax credit process. The presentation will include an overview of the rental housing market and the need for more affordable units.
  2. Private Sewer Line Inspections: The council will hear a presentation on enabling the inspection of private sewer lines and requiring repairs to help prevent wastewater overflows during heavy rains. In older parts of the city, the joints of clay lines can pull apart, and the lines are susceptible to cracking.
  3. Capital Plan Update: The council will be updated on the Capital Improvement Plan.
  4. Police Station Planning: The council will discuss the city’s next police facility, including space planning, possible sites, design schedule and budget.
  5. Open Carry at City Meetings: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider prohibiting the open carry of handguns at meetings of city governmental entities, including council meetings.

Before the regular meeting, Mayor Nancy Berry will proclaim Thursday as Mayors’ Monarch Pledge Day to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the need for habitat. Berry joins 48 mayors across the nation who have taken the pledge.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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