5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meeting

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets Thursday at 5 p.m. at city hall. The meeting is streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19.

To join online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter webinar number 914 6623 8254. If the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

To address the council about any item on the workshop or regular agenda, you must register with the city secretary by 3 p.m. or call 979-764-3500 and provide your name and phone number. Written comments will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

1. UDO Design Standards

The council will discuss the design and appearance standards that apply to most of the city’s non-residential structures under the Unified Development Ordinance.

2. FY 2021-22 Budget

The council will take its first look at the city’s proposed budget for FY 2021-22. A public hearing on the budget is set for July 27, followed by adoption on Aug. 12. The council will consider key decision points at budget workshops scheduled for July 19-21.

3. FY 21 Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council will consider a $55 million amendment to the city’s FY 21 budget. Most of the amendment is related to the payment of electricity costs related to Winter Storm Uri. The rest is associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the city’s hiring freeze and the payment of federal relief funds to local hospitals.

4. Lincoln Recreation Center Playground

After a public hearing, the council will consider an amendment to the 2020 Action Plan to move $22,000 from federal CDBG administrative funding to designing a playground equipment replacement project at the Lincoln Recreation Center.

5. General Election Change

The council will consider adding a proposed city charter amendment to November’s charter amendment election to move the city’s general elections to November in odd-numbered years. The charter was amended in 2018 to have city elections in November of even-numbered years.

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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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