Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (Feb. 23)

(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. 23. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting 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.

6:03 p.m.

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

6:12 p.m.

100th Anniversary of A&M Methodist

Mayor John Nichols presented a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the A&M United Methodist Church. The church has been across University Drive from the Texas A&M campus since 1923.

6:41 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Phil Adams, Scott Hickle, John Halsell, Abbie Krolczyk, David Buras, Richard Miless, and Andrew Nelson spoke against the Northeast Trunkline going through the Beverly Estates in Bryan.
  • Diane Davis asked the city to research the possibility of adding a third public swimming pool.

6:42 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

Note: The $235,000 contract with Kimley-Horn for designing the George Bush Drive Bike Lanes Project was pulled from tonight’s consent agenda.

  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $8.98 million with Techline for electric distribution poles.
  • A $125,311.70 purchase order with KBS Electrical Distributors for electric meter sockets.
  • The second reading of a franchise agreement with BVR Waste and Recycling for collecting recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • An amendment to the $10,000 monthly rental agreement with Big Truck Rental for a front-end loader for collecting solid waste.

7:16 p.m.

Economic Development Program

The council heard an overview of the city’s economic development strategic planning efforts, 2022 highlights, and priorities for 2023. The discussion includes recruiting industry and retail, retaining and expanding existing businesses, and redevelopment opportunities.

7:39 p.m.

Sponsorship Policy

The council discussed the city’s policy for sponsoring community events, programs, and activities to ensure they enhance strategic goals. The city is frequently asked to purchase tickets and sponsor events to benefit local organizations.

7:42 p.m.

Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a small public utility easement on Holleman Drive near Wellborn Road. The applicant plans to construct a commercial building, and the easement is no longer necessary.

7:52 p.m.

Citizen Appointments

The council made citizen appointments to the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, CDBG Public Service Review Committee, and Spring Creek Local Government Corporation Services.

Arts Council of Brazos Valley: Warren Finch, Sara Mirza
CDBG Public Service Review Committee: Gary Balmain, Mark Browning, Suzanne Droleskey, Mike Holmgreen, Carla Robinson, Carolyn Young
Spring Creek Local Government Corporation Services: Jason Cornelius

8:00 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, March 9.

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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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