Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 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, April 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:19 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:20 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. No items were pulled for discussion.

6:49 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness

The council heard a presentation about regional search and rescue assets as well as emergency preparedness resources, operational capacity, and guidelines.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:56 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.

7:00 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:05 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. Ben Roper recognized Army Specialist Larry E. Polley Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 20-year-old Center native died Jan. 17, 2004, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and overturned north of Taji, Iraq.

7:06 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The purchase of two bomb suits for $64,247.98 from Med-Eng.
  • A $50,000 contract with Dunham Engineering for design services to recoat four clarifiers at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A $79,722 contract with Progressive Commercial Aquatics for painting and repairs to the Adamson Lagoon flume slides and slide structures.
  • A resolution amending the authorized representatives on TexPool, the local government
  • pool account.
  • A resolution amending the authorized representatives on Texas Short Term Asset Reserve, the local government pool account.
  • A $2.5 million contract with Red Rock Alchemy for 5.6 acres of city-owned property near the intersection of Holleman Drive and Lassie Lane.
  • An agreement with McAlister Opportunity Fund designating a two-acre site in the
  • Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 1 as a possible site for a future fire station.
  • Reduced the posted speed limit to 50 mph on Wellborn Road between Mile Post 15.513 to Mile Post 15.994, and to 35 mph on Greens Prairie Trail from Wellborn Road to Flagstone Court while the Texas Department of Transportation completes improvements to the Wellborn Road-Greens Prairie Trail intersection.
  • A $1.1 million contract with Brazos Paving for the Luther Street Rehabilitation Project.
  • A $3.94 million contract with Larry Young Paving for the Rock Prairie Road Widening Project.
  • A $389,509 contract with Halff Associates for professional engineering services related to design and associated construction services for Phase 1 of the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-Out.
  • A modified advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the City of College Station’s cost participation in the Wellborn Road-Green’s Prairie Trail Intersection Improvements Project.

7:06 p.m.

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

Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.

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