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 967 2839 3278. 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 2 p.m. or call 979-764-3500 and provide your name and phone number. Written comments will be provided to the council members. (NOTE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the registration deadline as 3 p.m. Apologies for the error.)

Here are five items to watch:

1. Cluster Subdivisions

The council will discuss ways to increase cluster subdivisions, a development tool that protects open space or environmentally sensitive and hazard-prone land.

2. Union Pacific Agreement

As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $5.7 million agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to construct an at-grade railroad crossing at Deacon Drive and Wellborn Road and close the crossing at Cain Road. The project improves safety and mobility.

3. FY 22 Tax Rate and Public Hearing

After a public hearing, the council will consider keeping the current property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value for the 2021-22 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The rate will generate about $55.3 million to fund city operations, maintenance, and general debt service.

4. FY 22 City Budget

The council will consider adopting the city’s proposed FY 21-22 budget of $354 million, including $282.2 million for city operations and $71.8 million in capital projects.

5. Disaster Declaration Renewal

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


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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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