By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s meeting on Thursday, Oct. 28. It’s not the official minutes. The meeting starts after 5 p.m. and is streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and 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.
The meeting has started. The council took no action from executive session.
Brazos Valley Faith Riders
Mayor Mooney presented a proclamation recognizing the Brazos County Faith Riders for their achievements with 4-H.
Ten people spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.
- Five people criticized recent comments by a council member that were perceived by some to be racially charged.
- Four people spoke in support of the council member, generally saying his comments were taken out of context.
- John Anderson spoke in support of the two-city-one community concept regarding Bryan-College Station.
The traffic congestion item has been postponed.
CSU Solar Energy Program
The council reviewed CSU’s solar energy program and the possible use of solar panels at city-owned facilities.
The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:
- An annual price agreement not to exceed $654,440 with KBS Electrical Distributors for electric warehouse single-phase padmount transformers.
- A $46,730 FY 22 funding agreement with Keep Brazos Beautiful.
- Annual price agreements not to exceed $1.63 million with Anixter ($75,164), KBS Electrical Distributors ($253,016.51), and Techline ($1.3 million) for various materials for the electric utility.
- A bid award of $160,425 to DXI Industries for the annual purchase of sodium hypochlorite for water services.
- The second renewal of the master agreement not to exceed $150,000 with The Reynolds Company for Rockwell automation products and services for maintaining Water Services’ SCADA infrastructure.
- An annual price agreement not to exceed $2 million with BPI Materials ($1.2 million) and Knife River Corporation ($800,000) for hot mix asphalt used for street maintenance.
- The 2021 property tax roll totaling $54.5 million.
- An $85,000 change order to the contract with Kirksey Architects for the renovation of the city-owned building at 1207 Texas Ave.
- A resolution supporting the adoption and approval of the Texas Opioid Abatement and Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet, approval of a Settlement Participation Form electing to participate in the Distributor Settlement and releasing all claims, approval of a Settlement Participation Form electing to participate in the Janssen Settlement and releasing all claims.
- A $17,962 change order to the contract with Vaughn Construction for aquatic facilities improvements.
This consent item was pulled for a separate vote:
The council voted 6-1 to approve a five-year service agreement not to exceed $225,000 per year with Emergicon for EMS medical billing, accounts receivable, delinquent accounts collections, medical records requests, fire billing, and related billing and records services. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion.
The mayor suspended the meeting for a short break.
The meeting has resumed.
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning to General Suburban for about 30 acres located west of the Phillips Parkway-Brewster Drive intersection to allow single-family housing.
Southland Crossing Expansion
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning to Planned Development District for about 0.6 acres east of the Wellborn Road-Southland Street intersection. The applicant plans to expand the Southland Crossing commercial center and develop a drive-thru restaurant with buffering to the nearby single-family neighborhood.
Midtown-Highway 6 Rezoning
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a rezoning request that proposes a concept plan under the existing Planned Development District for about 13 acres at the corner of Midtown Drive and the State Highway 6 frontage road. The change allows medical uses that support the nearby Baylor Scott & White hospital and the surrounding area.
Parkland Dedication Requirements
After a public hearing, the council directed staff to modify the proposed changes to the city’s parkland dedication requirements and bring it back to the council for for consideration.
Graham Road Land Use
After a public hearing, the council voted 4-3 against a motion to deny a request to change the land use designation to Urban for about 10 acres at 1660 Graham Road. Councilman John Crompton, Councilman Dennis Maloney, and Councilwoman Linda Harvell supported the motion to deny.
A second motion to approve the request to change the land use designation passed by a vote of 4-3 with Crompton, Maloney, and Harvell voting against. Nearly 20 people spoke in the public hearing.
Graham Road Rezoning
After a public hearing, the council also voted 6-1 to deny a request to change the zoning to Planned Development District for about 10 acres at 1660 Graham Road to allow a townhome development. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion.
2022 Bond Citizen Advisory Committee
The council voted unanimously to create a citizen advisory committee and set a tentative schedule for a 2022 bond election for infrastructure and facility capital improvements.
College Station History Book
The council created a committee to explore updating a 1989 book about College Station’s history.
Joint Relief Funding Review Committee
The council postponed making an appointment to fill an unexpired term on the Joint Relief Funding Review Committee.
The council discussed its calendar, items of community interest, committee and board reports, and future agenda items.
Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Nov. 11.
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