Live Blog: Monday’s city council meeting (Nov. 20)

(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 Monday, Nov. 20. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting starts after 6 p.m. and is streamed live on Optimum Channel 19 and 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#. 

6:30 p.m.

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

6:42 p.m.

Hear Visitors

The council conducted Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda. Neo Jang spoke on behalf of a group for six in favor of building a mountain bike park as part of the Southeast Park development on Rock Prairie Road East.

6:46 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $2.1 million with BPI Materials for Type D hot mix asphalt.
  • A contract not to exceed $197,535 with Elliott Construction to repair a deteriorating wastewater line in the vicinity of Boyett Street and Spruce Street, plus a $30,000 in contingency.

7:52 p.m.

Highway 6 Landscaping

The council reviewed options for landscaping along State Highway 6 as part of the TxDOT widening project. The consensus is for the city to pay for installing and maintaining landscaping only at the University Drive intersection.

8:10 p.m.

Convention Center Study

The council discussed the scope of a study regarding a future convention center. Staff presented a high-level proposed scope of services and received feedback to continue to pursue with the potential inclusion of additional elements, including other uses such as local events and destination entertainment.

Some council members also expressed a desire to facilitate site recommendations and measure the impact of a free-standing convention center apart from an adjoined hotel.

8:17 p.m.

Holleman Tavern Expansion

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit request by the Holleman Tavern to increase its interior by 1,684 square feet at 3164 Holleman Drive South.

8:28 p.m.

Mayor John 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, Dec. 11.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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