Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (March 5)

(Standing, L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, James Benham. (Sitting, L-R): Linda Harvell, Karl Mooney (mayor), Barry Moore.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, March 5. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:11 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilwoman Linda Harvell is absent. No action was taken out of executive session.

5:12 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

5:30 p.m.

Mitigation Bank

The council discussed whether the city’s three large well-field properties have potential to be used as mitigation banks, which could help keep water rates low. Certain properties with stream segments or wetlands can be used as mitigation banks that offer credits to offset impacts from projects that disturb the same aspects elsewhere.

Alan Plummer and Associates recently performed an environmental study to determine what uplift is possible. The ultimate goal is to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to existing mitigation bankers, who will offer proposals to pay the city for using its properties as mitigation banks.

If the city elects to move forward, then the banker must gain approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Last week, the information was presented to the local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office and other related state regulatory agencies to get their comments.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

5:44 p.m.

FY17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The council accepted the city’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:13 p.m.

Veterans Park Synthetic Fields

The council voted unanimously to allocate additional hotel tax funds for the construction two new synthetic fields at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:21 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:30 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:32 p.m.

City Traffic Engineer Troy Rother was cited for being named Engineer of the Year by the Brazos Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

6:36 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army 1st Lt. Simon T. Cox Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 30-year-old Wheeler native died Feb. 6, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A3 Bradley in Taji, Iraq.

6:36 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $124,325.24 purchase order for a Hurst eDraulic cutter, ram, spreader and related emergency services equipment from Municipal Emergency Services through the HGAC Purchasing Cooperative.
  • A $213,657 contract with Weisinger, Inc., to replace the pump assembly and motor for Well No. 7.
  • Temporarily changed the posted speed limit on Harvey Mitchell Parkway (FM 2818) between Mile Post 10.242 to Mile Post 11.642 from 60 to 50 mph until the Texas Department of Transportation completes the Raymond Stotzer Parkway (FM 60) Overpass Improvement Project.
  • A new Rate Review Mechanism (RRM) tariff to govern future rate filings by Atmos Mid-Tex.

6:40 p.m.

Storage Depot Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to General Commercial for about 4½  acres at 11990 Old Wellborn Rd. The change will allow for commercial development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:41 p.m.

Design Review Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to approve Katherine Cabrera to Design Review Board.

6:42 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

6:42 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, March 22.


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also 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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