Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meeting (May 25)

(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, May 25. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is streamed live on Optimum Channel 19 and You can also 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#. 

6:10 p.m.

The meeting has started. The council took no action after its executive session. Councilman Mark Smith is absent tonight.

6:18 p.m.

National Public Works Week

Mayor John Nichols proclaimed this week as National Public Works Week in celebration of the thousands of men and women across the United States and Canada who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services known as public works.

College Station’s nationally accredited Public Works Department is represented by 122 employees dedicated to providing safe and well-maintained roads, effective storm drainage systems, and superb solid waste collections. They also maintain city facilities and our fleet of vehicles.

6:19 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. Jacque Flagg thanked the council for its support of Unlimited Potential.

6:25 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

• Removed parking on the north side of Antone Court.
• Removed parking on the west side of Lemon Tree Lane from the end of the road to Cedar Run.
• An agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the maintenance of landscape in certain areas along FM 2818.
• Annual polymer purchases not to exceed $288,144 from Polydyne.
• The $172,707.47 purchase of bullet-resistant shields from M-Pak.
• A resolution for Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries to receive a tax-exempt loan related to its new store in College Station.

6:26 p.m.

The council pulled the discussion of the city hall room use policy from tonight’s agenda.

8:11 p.m.

Northeast Trunkline Phase 4

The council reviewed three options for Phase 4 of the Northeast Trunkline capital project: Rosemary/Beverley Estates Right-of-Way; Chimney Hill Lift Station; and Pin Oak Creek/Rosemary Backlots.

Based on staff’s recommendation, the council’s consensus was to eliminate the Pin Oak Creek route from consideration. The council also directed staff to continue gathering information about the other two options under consideration.

Seven people spoke against the Rosemary option, two (one on behalf of a group of five) against the Pin Oak option, and one against both. Two others submitted written comments.

8:58 p.m.

Bee Creek-Southwood ROO

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-1 to approve a request to change the zoning from General Suburban to General Suburban/Restricted Occupancy Overlay for 39 lots along Bee Creek Drive and Southwood Drive. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion.

The ROO provides subdivision-specific occupancy regulations of no more than two unrelated persons per single-family dwelling or accessory living quarter.

9:10 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, June 12.

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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