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CSFD saves two dogs in apartment fire

Firefighter Paramedics Tara Hodges and Kyle Cowden tend to one of the injured dogs as Driver Brad Ballard watches.

College Station firefighters responding to a kitchen fire Thursday night at The Gables apartments revived two dogs that were not breathing.

Firefighters were dispatched to the apartment at 401 University Oaks at 7:52 p.m. After quickly extinguishing a fire on the kitchen stove, they searched the residence and found the unconscious dogs and a kitten.

EMS personnel were able to revive both dogs, who were taken to the Texas A&M Vet School for additional treatment. Both are expected to recover, but the kitten did not survive.

— College Station Fire Department


Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 23)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 23. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD) and online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:03 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:17 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • All-Way Stop at Eagle-Alexandria: The city’s Traffic Management Team recommends adding an all-way stop at the Eagle Avenue-Alexandria Avenue intersection to improve safety and mobility for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists near Creek View Elementary School. Data shows that the longest delay for northbound Alexandria traffic is 21 seconds per vehicle between 7-8 a.m. With the all-way stop, the average delay on all approaches at that time will be 10-12 seconds. Alexandria also has more vehicles in the morning peak time than Eagle, while the number of vehicles is similar the rest of the day.
  • All-Way Stop at Graham-Alexandria/Schaffer: The city’s Traffic Management Team recommends adding an all-way stop at the intersection of Graham Road and Alexandria Avenue/Schaffer Road to improve safety and mobility for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists near Cypress Grove Elementary School. Data shows that the longest delay for northbound Alexandria traffic with a two-way stop is about 51 seconds per vehicle in the worst conditions. The northbound approach has more than a three-minute delay between 7-8 a.m. With the all-way stop, the average delay in the morning peak will be 23 seconds and in the afternoon will be 16 seconds. Frequent crashes at the intersection also would be mitigated by an all-way stop.

6:26 p.m.

Audit Reports, Annual Financial Report

The council voted unanimously to accept the city’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the FY16 fiscal year. The reports summarize the organization’s financial position through Sept. 30.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:05 p.m.

Bee Creek Floodplain Management

The council discussed management of the Bee Creek floodplain. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:13 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:23 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:33 p.m.

World War I Remembrance Day

The mayor proclaimed April 6 as World War I Remembrance Day with a presentation to the Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee. More than 8,000 World War I veterans are buried in Brazos County, including 30 who died in the war. Pictured below are (L-R): Ellen Fuller, Gerry Hince, Greg Bailey, John Blair, Mayor Mooney, Pamela Marshall, Shawn Carlson, and Steve Beachy.

7:36 p.m.

183rd Reconnaissance Aviation Company

The mayor recognized the 183rd Reconnaissance Aviation Company that served in Vietnam. Veterans of the 183rd will have a major reunion March 30-April 2 in Bryan.  

7:52 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Four people spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Ben Roper recognized Marine Cpl. Daniel R. Amaya as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 22-year-old Odessa native died April 11, 2004, from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Suzanne Droleskey, Mary Wells and Rachel Smith spoke against a requested replatting in the College Hills neighborhood.

7:52 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation, series 2017; and providing an effective date.
  • The renewal of a contract not to exceed $1.5 million with H&B Construction for electric system construction and maintenance labor.
  • An amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances regarding the single-stream recycling program that updates definitions and proper use of containers and includes assisted collections for disabled homeowners.
  • Added an all-way stop at the intersection of Eagle Avenue and Alexandria Avenue.
  • Added an all-way stop at the intersection of Graham Road and Alexandria Avenue/Schaffer Road.
  • Removed parking along Luther Street West between FM 2818 and Marion Pugh Drive.
  • Removed stopping, standing, and parking along Gilchrist Avenue near Williams Street.
  • Prohibited U-Turns on Wellborn Road at the Wellborn Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway interchange.
  • A resolution declaring intention to reimburse certain expenditures with proceeds from debt not to exceed $1.2 million for information technology and gateway improvement projects that were included in the FY17 Capital Improvements Program Budget.

8:05 p.m.

Rezoning for Harvey Road Apartments

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Multi-Family and Natural Areas Protected for about 16 ½ acres along Harvey Road west of the Linda Lane intersection. The change will allow for the development of an apartment complex.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

8:07 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

8:07 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, April 13.


About the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also been a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Audits, Annual Financial Report: In the workshop, the council will receive the annual audit reports and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that summarizes the city’s financial position.
  2. Bee Creek Floodplain: The council will have a workshop discussion about management of the Bee Creek floodplain.
  3. World War I Remembrance: The council will proclaim April 6 as World War I Remembrance Day with a presentation to the Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee.
  4. Traffic Movements: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider changes to various traffic movements: Adding all-way stops at Eagle Avenue-Alexandria Avenue and Graham Road-Alexandria Avenue/Schaffer Road; removing parking along Luther Street between Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Marion Pugh Drive and along Gilchrist Drive near Williams Street; and prohibiting U-turns on Wellborn Road at the Harvey Mitchell Parkway interchange.
  5. Rezoning on SH 30: The council will consider rezoning about 16 ½ acres west of the State Highway 30-Linda Lane intersection to allow the construction of apartments.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD), or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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Hanover honored on golden anniversary of University Drive underpass

Ret. Gen. Joe Hanover, 99, says the underpass has changed little in 50 years. Photo by Henry Mayo.

Gen. Hanover speaks at the ceremonial opening on the University Drive underpass at Wellborn Road on March 21, 1967. Photo: Texas A&M Cushing Library.

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

A half-century ago today, the complexion of the Northgate area was forever altered with the ceremonial opening of the underpass at University Drive and Wellborn Road, the first of its kind in Brazos County.

The College Station City Council today honored the man who supervised the project for the Texas Highway Department, Ret. Gen. Joe Hanover. Councilwoman Blanche Brick read this proclamation before the council’s Transportation and Mobility Committee meeting.

Click here for the complete story about the underpass project from Monday’s edition of The Eagle.

Now 99 years old, Hanover is just a year younger that the Texas Highway Department, which is observing its 100th birthday.

Here’s some more photos:

Photo: Texas A&M Cushing Library.

Councilwoman Blanche Brick reads the proclamation to Gen. Hanover.

Gen. Hanover poses with city staff and members of the Transportation and Mobility Committee.

 


SocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his eighth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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3 simple steps to save big on your water bill

By Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator

More than one trillion gallons of water are wasted in American homes each year because of easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why the City of College Station is joining with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week to encourage homeowners to find and repair leaks during the annual Fix a Leak Week.

In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s enough water for 270 loads of laundry.

You can identify leaks around your home and start saving today with these three simple steps:

1. Check

Check your water bill and water meter for signs of leaks. If your water use this winter exceeded 12,000 gallons a month for a family of four, you probably had leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when you’re not using any water. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. Water meters also have a leak indicator – if there is a (+) sign on a digital water meter, or if the red dial is moving at all when you’re not using water – that’s a sign of a leak.

Check for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Silent toilet leaks, a common culprit of high water bills, can be detected by placing a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, you have a leak. Don’t forget to check your irrigation system and spigots, too.

2. Twist

Apply pipe tape to make sure plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. If you can’t stop those drops yourself, contact a licensed plumber.

For additional savings, twist a WaterSense-labeled aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without affecting flow. Faucet aerators only cost a few dollars can save a household more than 500 gallons each year—enough for 180 showers.

3. Replace

If you just can’t nip that drip, it may be time to replace the fixture. Look for WaterSense-labeled models, which use at least 20 percent less water and are independently certified to perform as well or better than standard fixtures. Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,900 gallons annually while still letting you shower with power, thanks to EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria.

With less hot water passing through, WaterSense-labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year. If you Replace an old toilet that uses 3.5 gallons or more per flush with a WaterSense-labeled toilet, you could be eligible for a $100 rebate.

How do you get started?

First, click here to take the WaterSense Pledge, then follow WaterSense on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest tips.

Finally, grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person, plumber, or certified irrigation professional to repair your leaky toilets, faucets, showerheads, and irrigation systems.

The water you save will help conserve our precious water while saving you a substantial amount of money.

 


7204119348_7a9cc790a2_oAbout the Author

Jennifer Nations has been the City of College Station’s water resource coordinator for more than 15 years after two years as BVSWMA’s environmental compliance officer. She’s also chair of the Water Conservation and Reuse Division for the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association. A native of Fremont, Calif., Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental & resource science from UC-Davis in 1995 and earned a master’s degree in water management & hydrologic science from Texas A&M in 2016.


 

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Voters’ Choice returns to popular Starlight Music Series

By Gerry Logan, Recreation Supervisor

If you dream of performing on a live stage in front of enthusiastic and appreciative music fans, here’s your chance.

The crowd-pleasing Voters’ Choice contest returns to College Station’s Starlight Music Series this spring after a successful debut in 2016.

Bands and musicians over the age of 16 — and not signed under a promotional authority/contract — can enter for a chance to play at the May 6 concert at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Entrants must submit one song in an MP3 format along with a YouTube video of the song being performed.

A panel of local judges will select up to 12 finalists based on song originality, stage presence, and creativity. The public will then vote April 4-15 to determine the three artists who will compete at Wolf Pen Creek for these prizes:

1st Place $750 and an artist development package by Revive45
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250

Starlight Music Series

In College Station, the arrival of spring means more than warm temperatures, green grass, and blooming flowers. It also means the return of the popular Starlight Music Series on selected Saturdays at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The free six-concert series opens April 8 and feature a variety of music to fit just about every taste.

Since 2002, the City of College Station has invited citizens to enjoy family-friendly entertainment under the stars. The best parts are that it’s completely free and guests can bring refreshments. Food and drink are also available for purchase on-site.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and free parking is available at Post Oak Mall. We offer a KidZone area at each concert that features bounce houses and other activities from 6-10 p.m.

Join us this spring for six nights of free musical entertainment under the stars at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater!

2017 Concert Schedule

April 8 Texas Unlimited Band with guest Rosie Flores
May 6 Voters’ Choice winners
May 13 Will Hoge (solo) with guests Bonnie Bishop and Joey McGee
May 27 Def Leggend with guests Infinite Journey and Trio Grande
June 10 Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws with guest Kidd Reece and Mo’ Live Zydeco
June 24 Cory Morrow with guest Cameran Nelson

 

For more information, go to cstx.gov/starlight or contact us at parks@cstx.gov or 979.764.3486.

 


About the Author

Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fifth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.


 

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