Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (April 14)

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, April 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting 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.

6:12 p.m.

The meeting has started. The council took no action from its executive session. Councilman Bob Brick is absent tonight.

6:22 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Two people spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda. Will Leskowitz and Shruti Mavuri spoke in favor of easing local enforcement of cannabis laws.

6:37 p.m.

Military Heritage Center

The council discussed the proposed Military Heritage Center that honors the legacy of citizen-soldiers through educational programs, seminars, and thematic exhibits. 

7:13 p.m.

Urban Heat Mitigation

The council discussed a proposed five-year plan to reduce the urban heat island effect by planting trees. Urban areas, where structures are highly concentrated and greenery is limited, tend to become islands of higher temperatures.

7:34 p.m.

Cemetery Integrity

The council discussed a proposed car wash bordering the College Station Cemetery. The presentation addressed aesthetics, water runoff, and sound barriers. The consensus of the council was to recommend that the developer erect a tall fence or wall as a sound barrier.

7:49 p.m.

Council Strategic Priorities

The council voted unanimously to accept the strategic priorities and goals discussed at its annual retreat earlier this year.

7:50 p.m.

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Questions

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The second reading of a franchise agreement with Jetsam Removals & Roll-Offs for recycling collection from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • An amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances regarding fees related to waste collection.
  • The repeal of the Section 3 Implementation Plan and Administrative Guide and adoption of a revised plan and guide that complies with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 3.
  • A $139,000 bid award to Custom Truck One Source for a flatbed boom truck.
  • An ordinance consenting to the mayor’s extension of his COVID-19 disaster declaration to allow the city to continue receiving emergency pandemic-related funding.

7:57 p.m.

Holleman Tavern Permit

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit for the Holleman Tavern in the new University Heights retail center near Kenyon Drive and Holleman Drive. The 5,200-square-foot tavern will include a rooftop bar limited to non-amplified acoustic music with a three-foot perimeter barrier on the south side.

8:28 p.m.

Holleman Drive Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural/General Commercial to Multi-Family/Natural Areas Protected for about 43 acres at Holleman Drive South and General Parkway.

8:57 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, April 28.

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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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