Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (March 24)

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 24. 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

6:25 p.m.

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

6:33 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney presented a proclamation to Chief of Police Billy Couch in support of law enforcement officers and Operation Safe Shield.

6:34 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.

6:44 p.m.

Audit, Financial Reports

The council unanimously voted to accept the city’s FY 21 audit and comprehensive financial reports.

Presentation: Audit, Financial Reports

7:20 p.m.

Parkland Dedication Amendments

The council discussed possible amendments to the city’s parkland dedication ordinance, including a reduction in zones, creation of an appeals section, developer credits, and how fees are determined. Staff will present a proposed ordinance for council consideration at a later day.

Presentation: Parkland Dedication Amendments

7:39 p.m.

Neighborhood Noise and Gatherings

The council reviewed city policies and regulations about neighborhood gatherings, including the noise and special events ordinances.

Presentation: Neighborhood Noise, Gatherings

7:56 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Annual water meter purchases estimated at $179,630 from Aqua Metric Sales Company.
  • An interlocal agreement with the College Station Independent School District for joint facility use.
  • The second reading of a franchise agreement ordinance with Bullseye Site Services for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement ordinance with Jetsam Removals & Roll-Offs for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • The removal of parking at the intersection of Francis Drive and Foster Avenue because of safety concerns.
  • The purchase not to exceed $223,632 of electric meters from Landis+Gyr Technology.
  • The renewal of an annual contract not to exceed $300,000 for water meter reading services with Alexander’s Contract Services.
  • A change order not to exceed $107,484.38 to the contract with PowerGrid Services for the ring bus modification work for the Spring Creek Substation.
  • A change order to the annual price agreement with Techline for electric distribution poles.
  • Updates to the Council Relations Policy and Code of Ethics that reflect voter-approved city charter amendments and pandemic-related processes.

8:10 p.m.

Corsair Drive Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning for about five acres at Emerald Parkway and Corsair Drive for the development of a skilled nursing facility.

Presentation: Corsair Drive Rezoning

8:19 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, April 14.

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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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