Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (May 27)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Standing (l-r): John Crompton, Bob Brick, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (l-r): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Elizabeth Cunha.

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s meeting on Thursday, May 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at To join online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter webinar number 997 9556 1409. If the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:15 p.m.

The meeting has started. The council took no action in executive session.

5:24 p.m.

Historical Marker No. 106

The Historic Preservation Committee presented Historical Marker No. 106 to the Vincent family for their residence at 314 Pershing Ave.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

5:34 p.m.

Historic Texas Cemeteries

The Historic Preservation Committee presented Historic Texas Cemetery certificates from the Texas Historical Commission for a trio of local cemeteries. The HPC recently discovered two older sections in the College Station Cemetery on Texas Avenue — Shiloh Cemetery and Salem Cemetery — that preceded the existing facility. The HPC applied to the Texas Historical Commission for all three sections to be designated as historic Texas cemeteries.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

5:36 p.m.

Hear Visitors

On person spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

  • Jane Cohen spoke about the Sojourners group that will place American flags on the graves of veterans at local cemeteries for Memorial Day.

6:53 p.m.

Neighborhood Integrity Options

The council discussed options to preserve or promote neighborhood integrity beyond the recently adopted Neighborhood Conservation Ordinance. Council will not take any action tonight but considered whether certain options warrant additional study and public input. 

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:15 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent items:

  • The final renewal of a contract not to exceed $1.11 million with Green Team for citywide mowing and landscape maintenance.
  • An annual award not to exceed $3.46 million with Larry Young Paving for concrete curb, gutter, and flatwork installation to maintain city infrastructure.
  • A five-year lease agreement estimated at $217,013 annually with Texas Commercial Waste for refuse containers.
  • A development agreement for OGG Greens Prairie Investors’ cost participation in the City’s Greens Prairie Road Phase 2 Widening Project.
  • Changed the name of Royder Road to Old Royder Road from the realigned roadway to Victoria Avenue.
  • An agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company to reconstruct and widen the existing Rock Prairie railroad crossing.
  • Appointed Logan Lee and Samuel Kerbel to Rock Prairie Management District No. 2’s board of directors.
  • Prohibited pet shops from selling dogs and cats unless they were obtained from an animal shelter or rescue organization.

This item was pulled for a separate vote:

  • By a 5-0-2 vote, the council prohibited U-turns on Nueces Drive near Harvey Mitchell Parkway. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha and Councilman Bob Brick abstained.

7:17 p.m.

Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a public utility easement near Creek Meadows Boulevard North to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:28 p.m.

Bush Drive Separated Bike Lanes 

The council voted unanimously to authorize a grant application to the Texas Department of Transportation for part of the George Bush Drive Separated Bike Lanes Project. The project will cover about 1.3 miles from Texas Avenue to Wellborn Road. 

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:34 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell Shared-Use Path 

The council voted unanimously to authorize a grant application to TxDOT for the Harvey Mitchell Parkway Shared-Use Path Project. The path will cover about 0.4 miles on the south side of Harvey Mitchell from the Jones Crossing development to the Larry J. Ringer Library. 

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:50 p.m.

Semi-Annual Impact Fee Report

The council voted unanimously to accept the semi-annual report on system-wide water, wastewater, and roadway impact fees.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:02 p.m.

The council discussed its calendar, items of community interest, reports from city committees, boards, and commissions, and future agenda items.

8:02 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s meets again on Thursday, June 10.

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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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