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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 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, Jan. 23. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:29 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken in the executive session.

5:29 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled no items for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda.

6:52 p.m.

Short-Term Rentals

After discussing possible short-term rental housing regulations and hotel occupancy taxes, the council directed staff to draft an ordinance for the council’s consideration.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:19 p.m.

Tree Preservation and Buffering

The council discussed potential regulatory options for new single-family homes to protect existing trees and provide a buffer to existing single-family homes in established neighborhoods. Staff was directed to explore a possible ordinance for the council’s consideration.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:25 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and heard committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

7:36 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:39 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during hear visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

7:40 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Changed the runoff election to April 18, if needed, after the Jan. 28 special election for Place 4 on the city council.
  • An annual purchase agreement not to exceed $115,000 with Fort Bend Services for dewatering chemical.
  • Annual purchases not to exceed $150,000 with NAPA Auto Parts (through the Purchasing Solutions Alliance) for auto parts, shop equipment and services.
  • An annual blanket purchase order estimated at $150,000 from SiddonsMartin Emergency Group (through the Buy Board Purchasing Cooperative) for repair parts and labor for fire trucks.
  • An annual blanket purchase order estimated at $180,000 with Lonestar Freightliner Group (through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative) for repair parts and labor for fire trucks.
  • Annual tire purchases and retread services not to exceed $300,000 with Southern Tire Mart (through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative).
  • A service contract not to exceed $210,000 with Xpedient Mail for utility bill printing and mailing services.
  • An annual service contract estimated at $1,200,000 with Paymentus Corporation for payment processing services.
  • The first amendment to an $18,160 agreement with Intrado Interactive Services Corporation for an economic development website.
  • A $305,000 contract with Dunham Engineering for designing and inspecting the recoating of the Greens Prairie Elevated Storage Tank.

7:50 p.m.

Building Setback Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow the reduction of the side-yard building setback for certain single-family zoning districts down to five feet. Fifteen feet of building separation would have to be maintained between primary structures.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:04 p.m.

Tourism Consultant Study

The council directed the city manager to form a selection committee to hire a consultant this spring to study local tourism and explore opportunities to increase hotel occupancy.  The council voted unanimously to include a local hotelier as a member of the committee.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:06 p.m.

Experience B-CS Appointment

The council voted unanimously to concur with the City of Bryan in appointing Noel Mayes to fill an unexpired term on the Experience Bryan-College Station board. The term expires in October.

8:09 p.m.

Spring Creek LGC Appointments

The council voted unanimously to appoint Jane Kee and Thomas Jackson to the Spring Creek Local Government Corporation board.

8:15 p.m.

Committee Appointments

  • The council appointed Mark Smith as the chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustments.
  • The council appointed Gerald Burgner, Shirley Dupriest, Lou Hodges, Thomas Smith, and William Wright to the Historic Preservation Committee. Burgner was selected as chairman.

8:18 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 13.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also 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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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 (about 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Short-Term Rentals: The council will have a workshop discussion about possible short-term rental housing regulations and the collection of hotel occupancy taxes.
  2. Tree Preservation and Buffering: Another workshop item is potential regulatory options for new single-family homes to protect existing trees and provide a buffer to existing single-family homes in established neighborhoods.
  3. Building Setback Amendment: After a public hearing, the council will consider amending the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow for the reduction of the side-yard building setback for certain single-family zoning districts down to five feet.
  4. Tourism Market Study: The council will consider engaging an outside consultant to identify opportunities to increase hotel occupancy.
  5. Board and Committee Appointments: The council will make appointments to the Experience Bryan-College Station board, the Spring Creek Local Government Corporation, the Historic Preservation Committee, and the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

Related Links:                                                                 

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also 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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Aiden, Olivia CS’s most popular baby names in 2019

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Friends, it’s time we had a talk. Some feelings are going to be hurt, but I’m just going to be straight with you.

With all due respect, some of you should’ve asked for help when naming your baby. While there are some wonderfully creative names among the 1,556 babies born in College Station during 2019 — I’ll get to that shortly — too many of you are afraid to color outside the lines.

Hear me out.

Since 2014, it feels like every other crib in College Station has a new Aiden (68), Jackson (82) or Emma (93!). But originality really dips when it comes to the middle names you’re choosing. See any patterns?

  • 2019:   Grace, Rose, Marie
  • 2018:   Rose, Grace, Marie
  • 2017:   Grace, Rose, Marie
  • 2016:   Grace, Marie, Rose
  • 2015:   Grace, Marie, Ann
  • 2014:   Grace, Marie, Nicole
  • 2019:   James, Lee, Michael
  • 2018:   James, Lee, Alexander
  • 2017:   James, Alexander, Wayne
  • 2016:   James, Michael, Alexander
  • 2015:   James, Michael, Lee
  • 2014:   James, Wayne, Alexander

I’m not saying you guys need to go all Boaty McBoatface with your baby names; I’m just saying you might want to consider options besides Emma Grace and Aiden James — no offense, of course, to these specific, mighty cute, newly-minted College Stationites.

Okay, end of the lecture.

Here are some College Station birth statistics from 2019, according to Yvette Dela Torre, our award-winning local registrar who handles vital statistics reporting.

  Births Girls Boys Twins Triplets
2013 2,159 1,066 1,093 36 sets
2014 2,460 1,264 1,196 30 sets 1 set
2015 2,494 1,245 1,249 50 sets
2016 2,307 1,206 1,164 44 sets
2017 2,398 1,168 1,230 48 sets 1 set
2018 2,016 970 1,046 27 sets  
2019 1,556 772 784 22 sets  

You might’ve noticed the continuing decline in births that began in 2018. Yvette says that’s due to another year without labor and delivery services being offered at CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital (formerly College Station Medical Center). All hospital births in College Station in 2019 occurred at Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

Most popular BOYS’ first names

  • Aiden (11)
  • Liam (11)
  • Grayson (10)

Most popular BOYS’ middle names

  • James (35)
  • Lee/Leigh (24)
  • Michael (21)

Most popular GIRLS’ first names

  • Olivia (17)
  • Emma (12)
  • Harper (11)

Most popular GIRLS’ middle names

  • Grace (55)
  • Rose (34)
  • Marie (26)

More 2019 birth stats

  • Month with the most births: December (153)
  • Month with the fewest births: March (94)
  • Days with the most births: June 6 (11)
  • Home births: 4

In the spirit of high school yearbooks, here are some superlatives being handed out to a few of our 2019 babies.

Most likely to share the same name

  • Aiden James (2)
  • Avery Kate (2)
  • Ella Grace (3)
  • Emma Grace (3)
  • Hadley Grace (2)
  • Harper Grace (3)
  • Isabella Marie (2)
  • Jordan Thomas (2)
  • Layla Rose (2)
  • Lorenzo Antonio (2)
  • Noah Michael (2)
  • Olivia Rose (3)
  • Olivia Claire (2)
  • Samuel Ray (2)
  • Skylar Elaine (2)
  • Whitley Jane (2)
  • Wyatt Michael (2)

Most likely to join the Audubon Society

  • Birdie Scout

Most likely to give credit to a higher power

  • Brontayveai Imblessed

Most likely to win all competitions

  • Champion Jkee

Most likely to kayak

  • Indie River
  • Kip River
  • River Matthew
  • River Delane

Most likely to sing/act with GaGa Lady

  • Cooper Bradley

Most likely to come through in a pinch

  • Klutch Christian

Most likely to be remembered

  • Legend Lee
  • Legend O’Mari

Most likely to make her own car repairs

  • Piston Jayne

Most likely to visit a national park in South Dakota

  • Rupert Badlands

Most likely to work with Elon Musk

  • Tesla Eden

Most likely to be a cool conversation starter

  • Wenceslado 3rd

Most likely to wear baby Tony Lamas

  • Castyn Maverick
  • Maverick Roddie
  • William Maverick

Most likely to pursue law enforcement

  • E’Mahzi Justice Lyen
  • Justice Johari
  • Justice Aubrielle

Most likely to deserve their own category

  • Alpha Dewdrop
  • Zoiimi My’Life

College Station ended 2019 with a population estimate of 122,738, thanks in part to our 1,556 newest residents. When it’s time to look back at our 2020 babies, I expect to see more Alpha Dewdrops and fewer Emma Graces — okay?

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M, Jay has also served as 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. A native of Breckenridge, he was president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers from 2016-18.


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 9)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

The meeting can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:11 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:12 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled no items for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda.

7:09 p.m.

Local Tourism

The council heard a report from Experience BCS about strategies to increase area tourism.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:58 p.m.

Hands-Free Driving Ordinance

The council discussed a potential ordinance that would require hands-free use to talk on wireless communication devices while driving. City ordinance can’t preempt state law, which allows drivers to change their music, use their GPS or send or receive emergency messages.

Three citizens spoke in support of an ordinance.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:00 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

8:11 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

8:13 p.m.

Mayor Mooney recognized today as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

8:26 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.

  • Fred Dupriest spoke in favor of regulating short-term rentals and informing investors that the regulations will be enforced.

8:27 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Rejection of all bids for the purchase of electric meter pedestals.
  • A bid award of $106,680 to Techline for electric capacitor banks.
  • The second amendment to the Joint Research Valley BioCorridor development agreement that modifies project site boundaries, expands revenue sharing territory, and transfers the wastewater CCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) service area.

8:32 p.m.

University Drive-Eisenhower Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Office and Duplex to General Commercial for about one acre at the intersection of University Drive East and Eisenhower Street. The applicant is preparing the property for commercial redevelopment and lot consolidation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:37 p.m.

Angry Elephant Expansion

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit for a 1,270 square-foot expansion of The Angry Elephant bar near the southwest corner of Arrington Road and William D. Fitch Parkway.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:38 p.m.

Appraisal District Appointment

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Ron Kaiser to the board of the Brazos Central Appraisal District.

8:45 p.m.

Spring Creek LGC Appointments

The council voted 4-2 to postpone until the Jan. 23 council meeting the appointments to the Spring Creek Local Government Corporation board of directors. The council directed staff to advertise the extension of applications for the board openings.

The corporation has the power to acquire, own, and dispose of real estate subject to the approval of the city council in the general vicinity of the Midtown Business Park and the College Station Business Center.

8:46 p.m.

Comp Plan Evaluation Committee Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Councilman Dennis Maloney to replace Elianor Vessali on the Comprehensive Plan Evaluation Committee. Vessali resigned from the city council in November.

Over the next six months, the CPEC will provide policy guidance, help define land use and transportation scenarios, and make final recommendations for the preferred land use and transportation scenario to be included in the Comprehensive Plan 10-Year Evaluation and Appraisal Report.

9:12 p.m.

Committee Appointments

The council made these committee appointments:

Architectural Advisory Committee

  • Ray Holliday

Audit Committee

  • Mike Ashfield 
  • Lisa McMillin 

B+CS Library Committee

  • Dan Rudge
  • Larry Ringer (chair)

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Advisory Board

  • Kyle LeBlanc
  • Dennis Jansen
  • David Higdon
  • Deborah Stoll

Construction Board of Adjustments

  • Russell Farquhar
  • Cynthia Giedraitis (chair)
  • Kyle LeBlanc
  • William Pugh
  • Connor Russell

Design Review Board

  • Katherine Cabrera
  • Ray Holliday
  • Samuel Marvel
  • Dennis Christiansen (chair)

Joint Relief Funding Review Committee

  • Suzanne Droleskey
  • Lisa Halperin

Parks and Recreation Board

  • Lisa Aldrich
  • Joel Cantrell
  • Ann Hays
  • David Higdon
  • Debe Shafer
  • Janet Wood

Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Dennis Christiansen
  • Elizabeth Cunha
  • Williams Gunnels
  • Bobby Mirza

Zoning Board of Adjustments

  • Fred Dupriest
  • Howard Mayne
  • William Pugh
  • Rachel Smith
  • Deborah Stoll (alternate)

9:12 p.m.

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

 


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. Killian has also 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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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 first workshop (about 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meeting of 2020.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Local Tourism: The council will receive a workshop report from Experience BCS about its strategies to increase area tourism.
  2. Hands-Free Ordinance: The council will have a workshop discussion about a potential ordinance to require hands-free use to talk on wireless communication devices while driving.
  3. University Drive-Eisenhower Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from Office and Duplex to General Commercial for about 1 acre at the intersection of University Drive East and Eisenhower Street. The applicant is preparing the property for commercial redevelopment and lot consolidation.
  4. Arrington Road Bar Expansion: After a public hearing, the council will consider a conditional use permit for a 1,270 square-foot expansion of The Angry Elephant bar near the southwest corner of Arrington Road and William D. Fitch Parkway.
  5. Board and Committee Appointments: The council will consider appointments to several local boards, committees, and commissions.

Related Links:                                                                 

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also 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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Live Blog: Tuesday’s city council meetings (Dec. 10)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Tuesday, Dec. 10. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:52 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action out of its executive session.

5:58 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled no items for discussion from tonight’s consent agenda.

  • Preston Cunha spoke about the need for a voting place on the Texas A&M campus for the upcoming city council special election.

5:59 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem

The council voted unanimously to select Councilman Linda Harvell to a second term as mayor pro tempore, which acts as mayor when the mayor is absent.

6:20 p.m.

Utility Franchise Fees

The council discussed franchise fees the city collects for utility services. The presentation included an overview of providers, service areas, and revenues. 

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:34 p.m.

New City Hall Design

The council reviewed the exterior design of the new city hall to be built near the existing facility on Texas Avenue. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:36 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting will start after a 15-minute break.

6:52 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:58 p.m.

La Villita DAR Week

The mayor proclaimed this week as La Villita Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Week. 

7:03 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.

  • Janet Dudding, a candidate for Texas House of Representatives District 14, spoke about local control of issues and coordination with state government.

7:06 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • Renewal of the contract with CHI St. Joseph Health for Employee Health Clinic operations and management services.
  • An agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for construction, maintenance, and operation of continuous lighting systems.
  • The reappointment of Brian Hilton as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
  • A $2.13 million contract with Caprock Construction for the demolition and reconstruction of three facilities at Bee Creek Park and Central Park.
  • Adoption of the 2020 Council Calendar.
  • A $633,067.84 contract with Mitchell & Morgan for design phase services for Corporate Parkway.

The council voted separately on this item:

  • The council voted unanimously to authorize a special election on Jan. 28 to fill the remaining two years of Place 4 on the city council. 

7:13 p.m.

Annexation Service Agreement

The council voted unanimously to approve an annexation service agreement for about four acres on the east side of Wellborn Road between Barron Cut-Off and McCullough Road. The property owner requested the annexation, which is the next item on tonight’s agenda. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:14 p.m.

Wellborn Road Annexation

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a property owner’s request for the city to annex about four acres on the east side of Wellborn Road between Barron Cut-Off and McCullough Road. The owner has an interest in selling the property for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:17 p.m.

Crescent Pointe Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 10-foot wide portion of a public utility easement in the Crescent Pointe Phase One subdivision to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:23 p.m.

Wellborn Road Land Use

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the land use from Suburban Commercial to General Commercial for about 1.8 acres on the east side of Wellborn Road between Rock Prairie Road and Graham Road. The change better aligns the property with the area’s existing uses.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:26 p.m.

Wellborn Road Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Light Commercial and Rural to Suburban Commercial and General Commercial for about 1.5 acres on the east side of Wellborn Road between Rock Prairie Road and Graham Road.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:32 p.m.

2019 Comp Plan, UDO Review

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to accept the annual review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance. The document highlights the city’s major initiatives in 2019.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:42 p.m.

Systemwide Impact Fees

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to accept the semi-annual report on systemwide water, wastewater, and roadway impact fees. Full fee implementation occurred in late 2018. The service area for roadway impact fees is within the city limits, but the water and wastewater service area include parts of the extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:39 p.m.

NCO Process Handbook

The council voted unanimously to accept the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Process Handbook, which was created to help neighborhoods through the overlay zoning process. The handbook outlines the responsibilities of the neighborhood and the city and includes checklists and templates for rezoning petitions, neighborhood meeting agendas, and meeting minutes.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:42 p.m.

Council Committees and Commissions

The council appointed fellow councilmembers to represent the city on various intergovernmental and community committees.

8:49 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 9.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 


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. Killian has also 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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