Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Dec. 8)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council‘s meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8. 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.

6:32 p.m.

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

6:37 p.m.

BCS Marathon Day

Mayor John Nichols proclaimed Sunday as BCS Marathon Day. Visit College Station partners with BCS Marathon, which has generated more than $1 million in donations for local children’s charities. The race also attracts thousands of visitors who positively impact our hotels and hospitality partners.

6:41 p.m.

Junior Olympics Cross Country Day

Mayor John Nichols proclaimed Saturday as USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships Day. The Visit College Station team has worked diligently with USA Track and Field and community partners for a successful competition. The prestigious is expected to attract more than 3,000 athletes, families, and coaches to the Heart of Aggieland.

Pictured below with the mayor is Texas A&M assistant track coach Milton Mallard and USA Track & Field’s Robin Beamon.

6:50 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

6:51 p.m.

Maloney Elected Mayor Pro Tem

The council unanimously elected Councilman Dennis Maloney as mayor pro tem for a one-year term to act as mayor if the mayor is absent or disabled.

8:05 p.m.

Multi-Family Solid Waste Collections

The council reviewed the city’s multi-family solid waste collections.

8:17 p.m.

Student Senate Community Relations

The council heard a presentation from Texas A&M Student Senate representatives.

8:38 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

• The 2023 Council Calendar.
• A $352,318 contract with Utility Restoration Services for annual padmount equipment repair and restoration.
• Changes to the city’s short-term rental registration regulations.
• A $2.1 million annual price agreement with BPI Materials for Type D hot mix asphalt to be picked up by city crews or delivered to job sites to maintain streets.
• An amendment not to exceed $252,250 to the city’s contract with St. Joseph Regional Health Center for Employee Health Clinic operations and management services.
• A $25,000 FY 23 funding agreement with the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce.
• Contracts with MBC Management ($1.49 million) and A1 Pump ($571,507) for constructing the Arnold Road Fleet Fuel Station and the city’s contingency of $203,377 for a total appropriation of $2.27 million.
• Appointed Tradd Mills as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
• An interlocal agreement for cooperative purchasing with the City of Georgetown.

The council pulled these items for a separate vote:

• The council voted unanimously to authorize a $2.8 million promissory note pursuant to a contract for loan guarantee assistance under the Housing Community Development Act of 1974.
• The council voted 6-1 to approve the updated naming policy for city facilities and sub-facilities. Councilman Bob Yancy voted against the motion.

8:42 p.m.

Midtown Property Sale

The council voted unanimously to approve the $9.36 million sale of almost 29 acres near Midtown Drive and Corporate Parkway in the Midtown Business Park to Levcor Acquisition for commercial development.

8:46 p.m.

Barron Road Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the base zoning from C-3 Light Commercial to Suburban Commercial for about two acres northeast of Barron Road and William D. Fitch Parkway. The applicant intends to build a daycare and tutoring facility.

8:52 p.m.

Scott & White Concept Plan

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to amend the concept plan for the 45-acre Planned Development District at 700 Scott & White Drive. The proposal supports the nearby Baylor Scott & White hospital.

9:55 p.m.

Double Mountain Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the zoning from Office to Multi-Family for about 17 undeveloped acres at 400 Double Mountain Road east of Medical Avenue. The applicant intends to develop residential housing.

Councilman Dennis Maloney and Councilwoman Linda Harvell voted against the motion. The council approved the land use change in August.

10:09 p.m.

Unlimited Potential Building Demolition

The council unanimously voted to approve a funding agreement not to exceed $345,424 with Unlimited Potential for demolishing its dilapidated and unsafe structure at 1115 Anderson.

10:11 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Renewal

The council voted 5-2 to extend the mayor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration to allow the city to continue qualifying for pandemic-related funding. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha and Councilman Bob Yancy voted against the motion.

10:17 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, Jan. 12.

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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., Killian graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.

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