Live Blog: Monday’s city council meeting (Nov. 21)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council‘s regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 21. It’s not the official minutes.

College Station’s new mayor and three new city council members will be sworn into office at 4 p.m. before participating in their first regular meeting. A short reception for the new and former members follows the ceremony. The regular meeting resumes about 6 p.m.

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.

4:03 p.m.

The meeting has started.

4:09 p.m.

Canvassing of Election

The council voted unanimously to canvass the returns and declare the results of the Nov. 8 general and special election. The council also voted unanimously to canvass the returns and declare the results of the Nov. 8 special bond election.

4:23 p.m.

Oaths of Office

Municipal Court Judge Ed Spillane administered the oaths of office to Mayor John Nichols and Councilmen Mark Smith, William Wright, and Bob Yancy.

The council also bid farewell to outgoing members Karl Mooney (mayor), Bob Brick (Place 1) and John Crompton (Place 2), while Yancy replaces Nichols at Place 5. Brick and Mooney gave short remarks about their terms on the council.

4:24 p.m.

The meeting is suspended for a short reception and the council’s executive session. The public part of the meeting resumes after 6 p.m.

6:16 p.m.

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

6:22 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.

6:29 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $201,443 purchase of replacement computers from Dell Technologies.
  • A $21,645 change order for a new not-to-exceed $516,645 contract with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
  • A $246,876 change order for a new purchase order amount of $2.07 million with Techline for electric warehouse inventory of transformers.
  • An ordinance adding four-way stops at the intersections of Holleman Drive at Deacon Drive and Deacon at General Parkway in and around the Barracks development.

6:34 p.m.

Concept Map Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to amend the concept map for about five acres east of the Memorial Cemetery Park at 404 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South. The change allows a fire lane to extend around the building and between it and the adjacent cemetery.

6:38 p.m.

Mayor Nichols 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, Dec. 8.

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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. He has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., Colin graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.

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