Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Jan. 13)

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, Jan. 13. It’s not the official minutes. Tonight’s meeting is the council’s first in the new city hall, which opened last month.

The meeting is streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and It can also be watched via Zoom, but participation is in-person only.

Complete agenda and background materials

6:01 p.m.

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

6:23 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Mark Smith asked that the four subdivisions in his HOA be allowed to pay a single fee when filing for a restricted occupancy overlay.
  • Dennis Arce asked the council to consider repurposing the old city hall building rather than tearing it down.
  • Fred Dupriest spoke about an initiative to reduce illegal occupancy in the Southside neighborhood.

7:05 p.m.

Police Department Year in Review

The council reviewed the Police Department’s activities and operations in 2022, including significant incidents.

Presentation: CSPD 2022 In Review

7:46 p.m.

Fire Department Update

The council reviewed the Fire Department’s activities and operations in 2022.

Presentation: CSFD 2022 in Review

7:46 p.m.

The mayor suspended the meeting for a short break.

7:59 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

8:00 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • A resolution consenting to the City of Bryan providing economic development incentives to FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas.
  • The annual $200,000 purchase of janitorial supplies.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Zters Site Services for collecting recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A $673,947 contract with Weisinger for the rehabilitation of two city water wells.
  • A $175,559.60 purchase of upgraded replacement host servers from Avinext.
  • The renewal of a $210,000 contract with Xpedient Mail.
  • A contract not to exceed $185,423 with Air Cleaning Technologies for vehicle exhaust removal systems for the Fire Department.
  • A temporarily speed limit reduction to 45 mph along a short section of Wellborn Road while the new railroad crossing and intersection at Deacon Drive are under construction.
  • A temporary speed limit reduction to 30 mph on Greens Prairie Road while the roadway is widened from Arrington Road to Dalton Drive.
  • A temporary speed limit reduction to 30 mph on Rock Prairie Road West while the roadway is widened from Holleman Drive South to Wellborn Road.
  • A $57,055 change order No. 1 to the contract with Elliott Construction for the State Highway 6 Waterline Project Phase III.

This consent item was pulled for a separate vote:

  • The council voted unanimously to approve the addition of 175 feet along Renee Lane near Barron Road to the school zone.

8:12 p.m.

Turkey Creek Right-of-Way

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon nearly a half-acre of right-of-way at the southeast corner of the Turkey Creek Road-HSC Parkway intersection to allow development.

Presentation: Turkey Creek Right-of-Way

8:47 p.m.

HSC Parkway Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning for about 21 acres at 8765 HSC Parkway between Biomedical Way and State Highway 47. The change to a new Planned Development District is an initial step for a mixed-use destination next to the BioCorridor. Area 1 on the north side will have a base zoning of Multi-Family, while Area 2 on the south side will have a base of General Commercial.

Presentation: HSC Parkway Rezoning

Applicant Presentation: HSC Parkway Rezoning

8:48 p.m.

Council Member Committee Assignments

The council voted unanimously to maintain the existing assignments of council members to various boards, commissions, and committees.

8:51 p.m.

Joint Relief Funding Review Committee Appointment

The council appointed Tiona Broussard to serve as the city’s representative on the Joint Relief Funding Review Committee.

10:05 p.m.

Board, Committee and Commission Appointments

The council made appointments to city boards, committees, and commissions.

Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals: Bob Brick (councilman), Crystal Evans, and Jared Walther.

Planning & Zoning Commission: Dennis Maloney (councilman), Bobby Mirza, William Wright, Melissa McIlhaney, Thomas Jackson, and Mark Smith.

Zoning Board of Adjustments: John Nichols (councilman), Fred Dupriest (chair), Chad Jackson, Phillip Melton, Rachel Smith, and Roger Winckler.

Bond Citizen Advisory Committee: David Higdon (chair), Don Hellreigel (co-chair), Jason Cornelius (Planning & Zoning Commission), Debe Schaffer (Parks & Recreation Board), Kathy Langlotz (Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenways Advisory Board), Allyson Wakefield, Diane Davis, Fred Dupriest, Gary Halter, Jill Giroir, John White, Clint Cooper, Fred McClure, Mike Martindale, Bill Mather, William Wright, Steve Aldrich, Robert Greer, Rene Ramirez, Julian McMurrey, James Massey,  Mike Ashfield, and Kimberly McAdams.

10:06 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.

10:20 p.m.

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. 27, at city hall.

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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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