Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Dec. 9)

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, Dec. 9. It’s not the official minutes. The meeting starts after 5 p.m. and is streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and

A long chapter in the city’s history ends tonight since this is the last council meeting in the old city hall, which opening in 1969. The council has its first meeting in the new city hall on Thursday, Jan. 13.

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Complete agenda and background materials

Before the start of tonight’s meeting, the city announced the city’s 2021 employee of the year as part of the annual employee recognition ceremony.

6:17 p.m.

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

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.

6:21 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The 2022 Council Calendar.
  • An amendment to a Frontier Communications agreement not to exceed $187,164 for internet services for city offices and facilities.
  • Appointment of Tradd Mills as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
  • An inter-local agreement renewing the annual reconfirmation and use of services and equipment provided by the city in the event of a radiological incident at Texas A&M’s Nuclear Science Center.
  • The issuance of bonds not to exceed $1.59 million by Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 1 for road improvements.
  • A contract not to exceed $120,072 with TransGard for the purchase, delivery, and installation of animal deterrent fencing at two electric substations.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $103,608.70 with KBS Electrical Distributors for meter sockets for College Station Utilities.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $1,901,984.40 with Techline for distribution conductors for College Station Utilities.
  • A $165,550 change order to the annual price agreement with KBS Electrical Distributors for electric warehouse inventory of single-phase transformers.
  • An economic development agreement with FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas regarding about 12.45 acres on Biomedical Way. The agreement provides for a large expansion of the existing facility for additional biomanufacturing capabilities.
  • A $111,438.15 purchase agreement with Convergint for security camera systems at Water Services facilities.
  • A Code of Ordinances amendment providing a severability clause, declaring a penalty, and providing an effective date regarding City of Bryan wastewater services in the BioCorridor.
  • Master agreements not to exceed $60,000 each with Allen, Williford & Seale, CBRE, and S.T. Lovett & Associates for real estate appraisal services.
  • A development agreement amendment for the Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 1 with McAlister Opportunity Fund 2012.

7:05 p.m.

Egremont Court Options

The council voted unanimously to direct staff to develop a plan to permanently address street drainage issues and curb conditions on Egremont Court, a cul-de-sac street in the Castlegate II subdivision. 

Presentation: Egremont Court Options

7:16 p.m.

Cemetery Sales and Maintenance Shop

The council voted unanimously to approve a $2.17 million contract with JaCody Construction for the sales and maintenance shop at the Aggie Field of Honor and Memorial Cemetery.

Presentation: Cemetery Sales and Maintenance Shop

7:20 p.m.

Brazos Central Appraisal District Appointment

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Ron Kaiser to another two-year term as the city’s representative on the Brazos Central Appraisal District Board. Kaiser has served since 2011.

7:24 p.m.

Joint Relief Funding Review Committee Appointments

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Allison Burke and 6-1 to appoint Melissa Cunningham to serve as the city’s representatives on the Joint Relief Funding Review Committee.

7:25 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Renewal

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

 7:35 p.m.

After 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, Jan. 13, at the new city hall.

<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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