Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Feb. 9)

(L-R): Mark Smith, Linda Harvell, William Wright, John Nichols (mayor), Dennis Maloney, Elizabeth Cunha, and Bob Yancy.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Director

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council‘s meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting starts after 6 p.m. and is streamed live on Optimum 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.

4:00 p.m.

City Employee of the Year

The council recognized Municipal Court Administrator Lacy Coronilla as the city’s 2022 employee of the year. Planning & Development Director Michael Ostrowski received the City Leadership Award and Robert White, CSU’s lead Scada analyst, received the City Impact Award.

6:07 p.m.

The meeting has started. The council took no action after its executive session. Councilman Dennis Maloney is absent this evening.

6:13 p.m.

Black History Month

Mayor John Nichols proclaimed February as Black History Month with a presentation to Mildred Davis of the Brazos Valley African American Museum.

6:17 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.
• John Nicks spoke about the need for a city disability committee, against the change order for the 1207 Texas Plaza addition, and against the interactive signage at city hall.

6:18 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:
• The first reading of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Waste and Recycling for collecting recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
• The addition of $300,000 in contingency for the Rock Prairie West Project, a $440,000 contingency for the Greens Prairie Phase 2 Widening Project, and a $390,250 contingency for the Cain/Deacon Railroad Crossing Project.
• A revised commitment schedule in the note with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program for rehabilitating the LULAC Oak Hill Apartments.

6:40 p.m.

Police Department Update

Police Chief Billy Couch updated the council on the Police Department’s operations and activities, including crime statistics, significant incidents, and response times.

7:34 p.m.

Fire Department Update

Fire Chief Richard Mann updated the council on the Fire Department’s operations and activities, including call volumes and response times.

7:45 p.m.

FY 23 Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a $65.74 million amendment to the city’s FY 23 budget, primarily to cover the general obligation bonds approved by voters in November. The amendment also covers capital and emergency repair expenses for water and wastewater, capital expenses for parks, the Unlimited Potential building demolition, and police expenses related to grants.

7:55 p.m.

1207 Texas Avenue Plaza

The council voted unanimously to approve a change order not to exceed $294,000 to a contract with JaCody Construction to add a plaza addition as part of renovations to the city-owned building at 1207 Texas Avenue. The facility is the future home of the Economic Development and Tourism departments.

8:00 p.m.

City Hall Aggieland Sign

The council voted unanimously to approve a contract not to exceed $85,000 for an interactive sign in front of College Station City Hall.

8:06 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, Feb. 23.

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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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