Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (July 8)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council‘s meeting on Thursday, July 8. 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 914 6623 8254. If the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:51 p.m.

The meeting has started. The council took no action from its executive session.

5:59 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Terri Sabella, executive director at HealthPoint, spoke about the organization’s philosophy of affordable health care and services.

6:15 p.m.

UDO Design Standards

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

Presentation: Non-Residential Design Standards

6:37 p.m.

FY 2021-22 Budget

The council took 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.

Presentation: FY 22 Proposed Budget

6:38 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A change order increasing the contract with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories by $95,000. The new total is not to exceed $495,000.
  • The rejection of received proposals and cancellation of an RFP for construction of the Northgate underground conduit and maintenance hole.
  • A change order increasing the annual price agreement with Techline by $77,130 for electric warehouse inventory of distribution conductors. The new total is not to exceed $1,341,405.
  • An amendment to the Construction Manager at Risk contract with JaCody Construction accepting the Guaranteed Maximum Price of $1,799,989 for the new facilities maintenance building project.
  • Called a public hearing about the city’s proposed FY 22 budget for July 27 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

6:46 p.m.

FY 21 Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve 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.

Presentation: FY 21 Budget Amendment No. 3

6:50 p.m.

Lincoln Recreation Center Playground

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a substantial 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.

The council is considering an amendment to the 2020 Action Plan to move $22,000 from Community Development Block Grant administrative funding to designing a playground equipment replacement project at the Lincoln Recreation Center.

Presentation: 2020 Action Plan Substantial Amendment

6:54 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Standards of Care

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to adopt standards of care for the Parks and Recreation Department’s elementary age (5-13) youth recreational programs.

Presentation: Standards of Care

7:48 p.m.

General Election Cycle

After a public hearing, the council voted 4-3 to add a proposed city charter amendment to the November’s ballot 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.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha, Councilman John Nichols, and Mayor Karl Mooney voted against the motion.

Three people spoke during the public hearing against moving the November elections to odd-numbered years. Another citizen submitted written comments.

Presentation: City Election Cycle

7:49 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Renewal

The council voted unanimously to consent to the mayor’s extension of his COVID-19 disaster declaration to allow the city to continue receiving emergency pandemic-related funding.

7:59 p.m.

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

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s meets again on Thursday, July 22.

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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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