Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (March 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, March 10. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting starts 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

5:51 p.m.

The meeting has started. The council took no action from its executive session.

5:58 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda. Dennis Arce praised the council for recent changes to procedures.

6:06 p.m.

Quick Response (QR) Codes

The council discussed the use of Quick Response (QR) codes to help tell the story of local historic sites, properties, and locations. The parks and Recreation Department already uses the codes to provide information at several parks.

Presentation: QR Codes

6:20 p.m.

Traffic Contact Report

The council discussed an independent consultant’s report on the Police Department’s annual traffic contacts. According to the report, the department complies with state law and employs best practice strategies.

Presentation: Traffic Contact Report

6:33 p.m.

Naming of City Facilities, Symbols

The council discussed the policy for naming city-owned sub-facilities after former or current council members and whether the council chambers podium should be named after a former resident.

Presentation: Renaming City Facilities & Sub-Facilities

6:42 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The crossing guard and BioCorridor board appointments were pulled for discussion. Then, the council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The second renewal of an annual price agreement not to exceed $132,052 with Titan Utility Services for the dielectric testing of electric utility vehicles, tools, and personal protective equipment.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement ordinance with Bullseye Site Services for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A $2.86 million contract with Elliott Construction for the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Lift Station and Force Main – Gravity Portion project.
  • A contract not to exceed $108,356 with All City Management Services for crossing guard services.
  • A five-year, $105,823.20 plotter and copier lease agreement with Ubeo.
  • Annual price agreements with C.C. Creations ($75,000) and M&M Apparel ($50,000).
  • The appointment of Melissa McIlhaney and Bobby Mirza as the Planning and Zoning Commission’s representatives to the BioCorridor Board.
  • The extension the mayor’s disaster declaration so the city can continue to receive pandemic-related funding.

6:44 p.m.

Pine Ridge Drive Easement

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon part of two 10-foot public utility easements on Pine Ridge Drive in the Parkway Plaza subdivision. The easement is no longer needed, and the applicant wants to build across a shared lot line.

Presentation: Pine Ridge Drive Easement

6:51 p.m.

Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a $6.94 million amendment to the city’s FY 22 budget to cover the increased cost of police vehicles, two vehicles for the electric utility, and the advance purchase of FY23 vehicle replacements and police ammunition due to expected supply chain issues.

Presentation: Budget Amendment

6:56 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, March 24, at College Station 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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