Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Oct. 8)

Standing (L-R): John Crompton, Bob Brick, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (L-R): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, John Nichols.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Oct. 8. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 918 7308 4263. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:14 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

5:20 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled this item for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda:

  • Investment Policy, Broker-Dealer List and Investment Strategy: The Public Funds Investment Act requires an annual review and approval of the city’s investment policy and investment strategies. The act also requires the governing body to state that it has reviewed and adopted the policy and strategies. Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:01 p.m.

Thoroughfare Landscaping

The council discussed the costs of landscaping on city-owned thoroughfares.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:03 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

6:17 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:24 p.m.

Community Planning Month

The mayor proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

6:27 p.m.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The mayor proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

6:27 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

6:28 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • An agreement with Avinext not to exceed $791,399 for the computer network upgrade project.
  • The first renewal of an annual $1.4 million contract with Fikes Wholesale for gasoline and diesel fuel.
  • The second one-year renewal of athletic field maintenance materials agreements not to exceed $188,360.95 with BWI Companies ($97,498.87) and Helena Agri-Enterprises ($90,862.08).
  • A resolution stating that the city council has reviewed and approved the city’s investment policy, broker-dealer list and investment strategy.
  • A three-year interlocal agreement with the Texas A&M University System to pay the city $904,699 for aircraft rescue and fire fighting personnel, equipment, operational responsibilities, and command and control of the joint-use fire station at Easterwood Airport.
  • A resolution appointing Gary Mechler as a member of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors, subject to approval by the Brazos County Commissioners Court.

7:24 p.m.

Comp Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to accept the Comprehensive Plan’s 10-Year Evaluation and Appraisal Report. The report features a list of possible strategies and actions, considerations for future map changes, and a summary of community and stakeholder input.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:30 p.m.

FY 20 Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to increase FY 20 budget appropriations by $1.2 million due to the receipt of federal CARES Act funding. The city has incurred the expenses defined by the guidelines and is eligible for reimbursement.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:33 p.m.

Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to abandon part of a public utility easement at 1200 Foxfire Drive. Utilities in the easement have been abandoned, removed, and rerouted to accommodate development of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:46 p.m.

Replat Notification

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to provide a mailed notice of replat approvals to surrounding property owners in accordance with state law.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:51 p.m.

Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to abandon part of a public utility easement at 4427 Rocky Meadows Drive. The 10-foot wide portion of the easement is no longer necessary, and the remainder is adequate to serve existing public infrastructure.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:55 p.m.

Highway 6 Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve a request to change the zoning from Light Commercial and Rural to General Commercial for about 10 acres at 4111 State Highway 6 South. The change would help attract commercial opportunities to vacant land near a major highway.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:57 p.m.

Councilman John Nichols offered his thanks to Bill Harris, who has represented College Station for nine years on the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors. 

8:04 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Oct. 22.


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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