Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Aug. 26)

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

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetingis streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and To join online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter webinar number 967 2839 3278.

6:01 p.m.

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

6:18 p.m.

Historical Marker 108

The Historic Preservation Committee Historic presented Historical Marker No. 108 to the Dresser family for the residence at 501 Fairview Avenue. The structure was built in 1911 and was later the home of Col. Frank G. Anderson, the legendary Texas A&M track coach who coached in the 1956 Olympic Games.

Anderson also served as College Station’s second mayor from 1940-42.

Presentation: Historical Marker No. 108

6:20 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

7:00 p.m.

Developer-Neighborhood Communications

The council discussed communications between developers and neighborhoods, including existing notification processes and recommendations for improvement. 

Presentation: Developer-Neighborhood Communications

7:46 p.m.

Remote Pay Parking System

The consensus of the council was to not implement a remote pay parking system in neighborhoods but to start using the ParkMobile system in Northgate later this year.

Presentation: Remote Pay Parking System

8:40 p.m.

Parkland Dedication Amendments

The council discussed possible amendments to the city’s parkland dedication ordinance, including reducing zones, eliminating the distinction between neighborhood and community parks, and a standard review of fees.

Presentation: Parkland Dedication Amendments

8:40 p.m.

The mayor suspended the meeting for a short break.

8:52 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

8:58 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The first renewal of a contract not-to-exceed $600,000 with McCord Engineering for electrical engineering services.
  • A renewal of the annual price agreement not-to-exceed $207,900 with Techline for electric warehouse inventory of air switches.
  • A $139,000 contract with E Contractors USA for repairs to the municipal court building.
  • Ordinances adding various stop and yield signs across the community.
  • An amendment to the property purchase agreement with Costco Wholesale Corporation for an 18.67-acre tract near the intersection of Earl Rudder Freeway and Corporate Drive in the Midtown Business Park.

9:03 p.m.

University Drive Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon unneeded public utility easements and a small right-of-way at 310 University Drive East to address site constraints that emerged during redevelopment.

Presentation: Dutch Bros Easement Abandonment

9:09 p.m.

Wellborn Road Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Wellborn Commercial for about one acre at 14889-14895 FM 2154 (Wellborn Road) between Madison Street and Victoria Avenue. The change brings existing businesses into compliance for future development.

Presentation: Wellborn Road Rezoning

9:16 p.m.

TxDOT FM 2818 Change Order

The council voted unanimously to approve a $790,000 change order to an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for utility relocations related to the FM 2818 widening project.

Presentation: TxDOT FM 2818 Change Order

9:21 p.m.

Westside Community Park

The council voted 6-1 to authorize eminent domain proceedings to acquire about 102 acres for a public park as part of the Westside Community Park Project. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion.

Presentation: Saum Property Resolution

9:28 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting after the council discussed its calendar, items of community interest, reports from city committees, boards, and commissions, and future agenda items.

The council meets again on Thursday, Sept. 9.

<strong><em><span class="has-inline-color has-medium-gray-color">About the Blogger</span></em></strong>
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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