5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance will not be allowed, but comments will be allowed through Zoom.

The meetings will be streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 945 5259 1668.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Rental Registration: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the rental registration program’s history and changes since its adoption.
  2. FY21 Budget Public Hearing: The council will conduct a public hearing on the city’s proposed FY21 budget, which is scheduled to be adopted on Aug. 27.
  3. FY21 Property Tax Rate: The council will discuss the proposed FY21 property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as the current rate. Under the Texas Property Tax Code, if the council considers a tax rate that does not exceed the no-new-revenue or voter-approval tax rates, the city does not have to hold a public hearing. If the council considers a tax rate above the no-new-revenue rate, but below the voter-approval rate, the city will call a public hearing.
  4. Highway 6 Water Tower: The council will consider a $6.6 million contract with CB&I Storage Tank Solutions for the construction of a 3-million gallon water tower near the intersection of Midtown Drive (formerly Lakeway Drive) and the northbound State Highway 6 frontage road.
  5. Fitch Parkway Rehabilitation: The council will consider an $812,000 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for construction services for the rehabilitation of William D. Fitch Parkway from State Highway 30 to Rock Prairie Road. That section of Fitch has started to fail because of increased heavy loads and truck traffic to the Twin Oaks Landfill.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the 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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