Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 28)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 28. 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 webinar number 962 3956 1490. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:27 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action out of its executive session.

5:41 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled this item from tonight’s consent agenda for discussion:

  • Victoria Avenue Rehabilitation: The $458,400 contract with Jones and Carter is for designing the reconstruction of Victoria Avenue from Wellborn Road to Woodlake Drive.

6:06 p.m.

Greenway Trail Surfaces

The council discussed surface options for future greenway trails.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:07 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended. The workshop will resume after the a special presentation.

6:07 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:14 p.m.

Bobby Maggard Proclamation

The mayor presented a proclamation honoring Bobby Maggard for his dedicated volunteer service as part of the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association’s REHAB Team.

6:15 p.m.

The regular meeting has been suspended and the workshop will resume.

7:32 p.m.

Residential Over-Occupancy

The council discussed options for addressing the symptoms of over-occupancy in residential neighborhoods. The council directed staff to bring the item back to the council for action in the spring.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:34 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.

7:45 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:46 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.

7:47 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $56,892.96 change order to the Network Hardware and Installation project service agreement with Avinext.
  • A $458,400 contract with Jones and Carter for the design of the Victoria Avenue rehabilitation project.

8:27 p.m.

Retail Recruitment

The council discussed how the city’s retail strategy has pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city continues to recruit news retail opportunities while sustaining existing businesses and backfilling vacant spaces.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:45 p.m.

Alex Caruso Court

The council voted 5-1-1 to approve a resolution to name Castlegate Park’s basketball court “Alex Caruso Court.” Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion, and Councilman John Crompton abstained.

A College Station native, Caruso recently won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. As a youngster, he spent countless hours playing and practicing on the Castlegate court across the street from his parents’ home.

9:16 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The council was updated on local COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:16 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Feb. 11.


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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