Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Feb. 10)

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, Feb. 10. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting will start after 5 p.m. and is 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. If the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

Complete agenda and background materials

6:34 p.m.

The meeting has started.

6:35 p.m.

Taking action from its executive session, the council voted unanimously to invoice ViaSat for non-compliance an amount equal to the city’s 2020 incentive payment.

6:36 p.m.

McCracken Achieves Certification

Mayor Karl Mooney recognized Records Management Administrator Lisa McCracken for earning her Texas Registered Municipal Clerk certification from the Texas Municipal Clerks Association.

7:03 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Fred Dupriest spoke about the lack of an effective enforcement process for the “more than four unrelated” ordinance. Dupriest spoke on behalf of a group of six people.
  • Lloyd Davis and Brian Bochner expressed concerns about a possible traffic cut-thru extension in the Pebble Creek Subdivision.
  • Dennis Arce spoke about aspects of city council meetings that could be improved and said residents should be allowed to sue property owners who violate the “more than four unrelated” ordinance. He added that Texas A&M has become a liability to the city.

7:18 p.m.

Fleet Maintenance

The council discussed maintenance of the city’s fleet. The Fleet Maintenance Division has 18½ full-time employees and maintains about 700 vehicles and ancillary equipment.

The division is responsible for the city’s fueling system, preventative maintenance, repairs, state inspections, and asset management and replacement.

Presentation-Fleet Maintenance

7:18 p.m.

Transportation Issues

The transportation discussion item was canceled.

7:33 p.m.

Bond Advisory Committee Schedule

The council discussed the schedule for the Citizen Bond Advisory Committee in preparation for the city’s 2022 bond election in November.

Presentation-CBAC Schedule

7:53 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled these consent items for discussion:

  • The four-way stop at Welsh Avenue and Park Place.
  • The railroad crossing projects at Deacon Drive and Cain Road.

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • An amendment to the city’s cemetery ordinance to correct textual errors and match approved practices in the long-term care, aesthetics, and visual representation of city cemeteries.
  • A purchase not to exceed $413,696 from KBS Electrical Distributors of three-phase padmount transformers.
  • The addition of a four-way stop at the intersection of Welsh Avenue and Park Place to improve safety without removing nearby parking.
  • A rate-increase amendment to the five-year residential recycling collection franchise and general service agreement with BVR Waste and Recycling.
  • The renewal of an annual blanket order not to exceed $703,000 with Brazos Paving Materials for cement-treated base and Type D Grade 1 cement-treated recycled crushed concrete base.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Lossen Bros Co. for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A $5.2 million contract with Knife River Corporation for the railroad crossing projects at Deacon Drive and Cain Road.
  • A contract not to exceed $977,518 with Virginia Transformer Corporation for one electric substation power transformer.

7:57 p.m.

Impact Fee Grandfathering

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to maintain existing impact fee collection rates and not grandfather projects already under development.

Presentation-Impact Fee Grandfathering

8:36 p.m.

Midtown Impact Fee Appeal

The council voted unanimously to deny an appeal by James Murr about applying impact fees to the Midtown City Center development. Council directed staff to continue working with Mr. Murr to resolve his concerns.

Presentation-Midtown Impact Fee Appeal

8:37 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.

8:52 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting after the council discussed its calendar, items of community interest, committee and board reports, and future agenda items.

The council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 24, 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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