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 4:30 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance is restricted.

The meetings are 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 webinar number 976 1243 8266. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

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. Restricted Occupancy Overlay: In the workshop, the council will discuss public input on the proposed Restricted Occupancy Overlay ordinance. In February, city staff conducted an online poll and hosted a series of public meetings for the real estate and development community, university students, and neighborhood organizations.
  2. Fees, Rates, and Charges: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider adopting the city’s fees, rates, and charges for FY 21.
  3. Harvey Mitchell-Dartmouth Signal: Another consent agenda item is a $326,577 contract with Bayer Construction Electrical Contractors to install a traffic signal at the Harvey Mitchell Parkway-Dartmouth Drive intersection.
  4. Action Plan Amendments: Also on the consent agenda, the council will consider three substantial amendments to the 2020 Annual Action Plan to reprogram federal funds for repairs to owner-occupied homes and economic assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19. 
  5. Mask Ordinance Repeal: The consent agenda also includes a repeal of the mayoral order mandating face coverings for commercial entities. The repeal would avoid conflict with Gov. Abbott’s executive order that went into effect Wednesday. Individuals remain strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when it isn’t feasible to stay six feet from others outside their household. 

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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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