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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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14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout 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 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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 9)

By Jay Socol, Director of Public Communications

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 9. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:02 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:

  • New Parks in The Barracks: This item is a $977,391 contract with Acklam Construction for three new parks and upgrades to existing parks in The Barracks subdivision.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

  • Royder Road Right-of-Way: A $200,000 contract for the right-of-way needed for the expansion and realignment of Royder Road.

6:15 p.m.

Historical Display in Northgate

The council heard a presentation about a concept to recognize the long history of local music and musicians who received their start in Northgate.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

6:25 p.m.

Bike Rack Requirements

The council discussed requirements for bike racks in the city.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

6:57 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start at 7 p.m.

7:07 p.m.

The regular meeting has started. The council approved the absence of Place 6 Councilman James Benham.

7:10 p.m.

Seabees’ 75th Anniversary
The council recognized the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions, which were known as Seabees. A special presentation involved six Seabees. From left to right, they are Carpenter’s Mate 2nd Class Bill Johnston (World War II veteran), Commander David Coleman, Painter 1st Class Jim Rothermel (World War II veteran), Lt. j.g. Philip Bargas, Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist Stuart Denner, Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist James Michael Guidry and Mayor Mooney.

75th anniversary of U.S. Navy Seabees

7:20 p.m.

One person spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda. Ben Roper recognized Chief Petty Officer Raymond J. Border as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 31-year-old West Lafayette, Ohio, native died Oct. 19, 2011, from injuries inflicted by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Border, a Navy Seabee, was a skilled builder with specialties in roads, runways, officers’ huts and bridges.

7:25 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A three-year, $1.8 million contract with McCord Engineering for electrical engineering services.
  • An amendment to the Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit Remote Birth Access Contract that addresses the statement of work, billing, and the contact representative.
  • A $977,391 contract with Acklam Construction for the addition of three parks and upgrades to existing parks in The Barracks subdivision.
  • A $200,000 contract for the purchase of right-of-way for the expansion and realignment of Royder Road.

7:28 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:29 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, March 23.


4 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 four items to watch:

  1. Historical Display in Northgate: In the workshop, the council will hear a presentation about a concept to recognize the long history of local music and musicians who received their start in Northgate.
  2. Bike Rack Requirements: The council will also have a workshop discussion about requirements for bike racks in the city.
  3. Seabees’ 75th Anniversary: The council will recognize the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions, which were known as Seabees.
  4. The Barracks’ Parks: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $977,000 contract for three new parks and the upgrade of four existing parks in The Barracks subdivision.

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

Related links:                                                                 

 


14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout 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 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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Photos: McMahan sworn in as fire chief

Jonathan McMahan was sworn in Friday afternoon as College Station’s new fire chief in a ceremony at Fire Station No. 6.

Here are some photos:

Judge Ed Spillane administers the oath to Chief McMahan.

Judge Ed Spillane administers the oath to Chief McMahan.

Chief McMahan received his pin from Chief Michael Brandt of Arizona’s Northwest Fire District.

Chief McMahan received his pin from Chief Michael Brandt of Arizona’s Northwest Fire District.

City Manager Kelly Templin congratulates Chief McMahan.

City Manager Kelly Templin congratulates Chief McMahan.

(L-R) Councilman Jerome Rektorik, Mayor Karl Mooney, Councilwoman Linda Harvell, Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan, Police Chief Scott McCollum, Councilwoman Blanche Brick , and City Manager Kelly Templin.

(L-R) Councilman Jerome Rektorik, Mayor Karl Mooney, Councilwoman Linda Harvell, Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan, Police Chief Scott McCollum, Councilwoman Blanche Brick, and City Manager Kelly Templin.

College Station Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan.

College Station Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan.

Photos by Jon Carpenter

– Public Communications Office