Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Eleanor Vessali. Standing (L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney.
By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 14. 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.
The workshop has started. No action was taken out of the executive session.
Consent Agenda Discussion
The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:
Competitive Bidding Advertising
The council discussed the city charter amendment passed in the November election that allows the city to use its online bidding system to meet notice requirements for competitive bid and proposal solicitations. The amendment eliminates the need to publish newspaper notices, which is expected to save the city more than $25,000 a year.
The council will vote on the ordinance amendment as part of tonight’s consent agenda.
Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:
The consensus of the council was to move forward with a city policy favoring roundabouts over signals or stop signs at smaller intersections based on safety and efficiency.
Lick Creek Treatment Plant Expansion
The council received an update on the expansion of the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The estimated costs have increased to about $36 million because of a variety of reasons, including labor shortages and tariffs on aluminum and steel.
Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.
The regular meeting has started.
Brazos Valley 2-1-1 Day
The mayor proclaimed Feb. 11 as 2-1-1 Day. 2-1-1 Texas is a program of United Way of the Brazos Valley in partnership with the State of Texas Health and Human Service Commission.
Shen Yun Performance Day
The mayor proclaimed Feb. 21 as Shen Yun Performance Day.
One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.
The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:
BioCorridor Board Appointment
The council unanimously appointed Jeremy Osborne and Elizabeth Cunha as College Station’s representatives to the BioCorridor board of directors.
Brazos Beautiful Board Appointment
The council unanimously appointed Senior Planner Lauren Hovde as the city’s representative on the board of directors of Keep Brazos Beautiful.
Audit Committee, Parks Board Appointments
The council unanimously appointed Carolyn Franklin to the Audit Committee and Don Hellriegel to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Heart of Southside Neighborhood Overlay
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to add a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district for about 127 acres in the College Park, South Oakwood, Dulaney, and Woodson Village subdivisions. Councilwomen Linda Harvell and Eleanor Vessali recused themselves from the vote.
The area is located southeast of George Bush Drive between the lots on the west side of Fairview Avenue and those on the east side of Lee Avenue. Representatives from the neighborhood submitted a petition signed by the majority of property owners requesting the zoning change in response to recently constructed houses that are seen as out of character with the neighborhood.
The overlay includes these additional single-family restrictions:
Twelve people spoke during the public hearing, all but three in support of the overlay.
Here are the PowerPoint presentations:
Heart of Southside:
City of College Station:
The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.
Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Monday, Feb. 25.
About the Blogger
Public Communications Manager 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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This entry was posted on February 14, 2019 by City of College Station. It was filed under City Council, Public Communications and was tagged with 2-1-1, advance funding agreement, audit commitee, BioCorridor, committees, Council Meetings, Eastgate, Heart of Southside, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, parks board, rezoning, roundabouts, Shen Yun Performance Days, Southside, TxDOT.
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