Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (April 27)

(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 meeting on Thursday, April 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting starts after 6 p.m. and is streamed live on Optimum Channel 19 and In addition, you can participate online through Microsoft Teams by entering Meeting ID: 223 427 023 174 and Passcode: MvPmTr. You can also call 833-240-7855 and enter Conference: 952 310 468#. 

6:00 p.m.

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

6:09 p.m.

National Bike Month

Mayor John Nichols proclaimed May as National Bike Month to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage people to try it. City council members are pictured below with members of the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Committee and community biking groups.

6:12 p.m.

Drinking Water Week

Mayor Nichols proclaimed May 7-13 as Drinking Water Week to recognize water’s vital role in our daily lives. Nichols is pictured below with Water Resource Coordinator Jennifer Nations and her daughters.

6:27 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.

• Texas A&M Student Senator Luke Morrison spoke about working with the council on student-related issues.
• Fred Dupriest (on behalf of a group of 6), spoke about middle housing concerns.
• Bryan resident James Mulvey spoke against the creek option for the Northeast Sewer Trunkline.

6:35 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

• A contract not to exceed $107,844.81 with Innovative Emergency Management for a continuity of operation plan.
• A contract not to exceed $200,000 with EN Engineering for a pole loading analysis.
• The second reading of a franchise agreement with Frontier Waste Solutions for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
• The second reading of a franchise agreement with Pronto Services for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
• A resolution granting consent to Rock Prairie Management District No. 2 for the sale and issuance of unlimited tax road bonds, series 2023, not to exceed $1.75 million.
• A $116,100 contract with Binkley & Barfield for improvements at Milliff Road and Redmond Drive.
• Partial awards to Anixter ($61,629.54) and Techline ($192,550.10) for overhead transmission materials for relocating electric facilities to accommodate TxDOT’s State Highway 6 widening project.

7:13 p.m.

Street Maintenance Update

The council reviewed the city’s street maintenance program. The Public Works Department will have a Street Maintenance Open House on Wednesday, May 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Bush 4141 Community Room at city hall.

7:17 p.m.

Venture Drive Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from M-1 Light Industrial to General Commercial for about five acres in the College Station Business Center at State Highway 6 and Venture Drive. The change allows large office spaces such as medical clinics and drive-thru banks.

7:32 p.m.

Holleman Drive South Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural/General Suburban to Townhouse for about eight acres at 3197 Holleman Drive South north of the Deacon Drive West intersection. The change allows the development of townhomes. One citizen spoke during the public hearing.

7:55 p.m.

CDBG Flood Mitigation Funds

The council discussed possible projects for Community Development Block Grant flood mitigation funds from the Texas General Land Office. The state-approved method of distribution requires the funds to benefit mostly low to moderate-income areas.

8:07 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 Monday, May 15.

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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