Public Communications

Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 14)

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. 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 982 9390 0006. If the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

6:35 p.m.

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

6:45 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled these items from tonight’s consent agenda for discussion:

  • Midlothian Agreement: The agreement authorizes the City of College Station and the City of Midlothian to jointly prepare bids and proposals for the purchase of goods and services. It also allows the cities to piggyback each other’s bids and contracts when in our best interest.
  • Xpedient Printing Contract: The renewal contract with Xpedient Mail for $210,000 is for utility bill printing and mailing services.
  • Woodson Village Rehabilitation: The $5.05 million contract with Elliott Construction is for the rehabilitation of water and wastewater lines in the area of Haines Drive, Glade Street, and Dexter and Timm Drive.
  • Agreement with CSISD: The $250,000 funding agreement with the College Station Independent School District for a Family Empowerment Program to serve families experiencing hardships caused by COVID-19.
  • Elder Aid Grant: A $464,000 contract for the grant of federal HOME Community Housing Development Organization set-aside funds to Elder-Aid is for the purchase and rehabilitation of four affordable rental units at 3332-3334 Longleaf and 3308-3310 Bluestem.

6:50 p.m.

Brick Elected Mayor Pre Tem

The council voted unanimously to elect Bob Brick to serve a one-year term a mayor pro tem to act as mayor during the mayor’s disability or absence.

7:18 p.m.

Texas Legislature Update

The council heard a legislative update and preview of the 87th Texas Legislative session, which began Monday.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:19 p.m.

The worksop has been suspended and will resume after the regular meeting.

7:24 p.m.

Planning Excellence Award

Mayor Mooney recognized the Planning and Development Services Department for receiving the Planning Excellence Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.

7:39 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Three people spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

  • Wyatt Galbreath proposed a new city flag that he designed.
  • Lorraine Madewell spoke about reducing restrictions on chickens in residential areas.
  • Michael Weinstein spoke against local COVID-19 restrictions.

7:40 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Annual purchases not-to-exceed $150,000 for auto parts, shop equipment, and services from NAPA Auto Parts through the Purchasing Solutions Alliance.
  • A cooperative purchasing inter-local agreement with the City of Midlothian.
  • An annual blanket purchase order estimated at $150,000 for repair parts and labor for fire trucks from Siddons-Martin Emergency Group through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative.
  • An annual blanket purchase order estimated at $180,000 for repair parts and labor for fire trucks from Lonestar Freightliner Group through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative.
  • Annual tire purchases and retread services not to exceed $300,000 from Southern Tire Mart through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative.
  • Renewal of a $210,000 contract with Xpedient Mail.
  • Temporarily changed the speed limit on FM 2818 for the FM 2818 widening project.
  • A $1.93 million contract with Freese and Nichols for the final design of the Carter Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant diversion lift station and force main project.
  • A $5.06 million contract with Elliott Construction for the Woodson Village Rehabilitation Project.
  • A purchase not to exceed $130,353 for a single 145kV S &C Mark V circuit switcher from Priester Mell & Nicholson.
  • A $148,223.75 change order to a contract with Techline for pad-mounted solid di-electric switchgears.
  • A change order deducting $100,000 from the contract with CF McDonald Electric to install previously purchased VFD at Dowling Road Pump Station.
  • An annual blanket order not to exceed $668,000 with Brazos Paving for cement treated base and Type D Grade 1 cement treated recycled crushed concrete base.
  • The removal of parking along Fall Circle.
  • The removal of parking along Buena Vista Drive, Lonetree Drive, Estes Park, Black Hawk Lane, and Silverthorne Lane.
  • A $250,000 funding agreement with College Station Independent School District for the COVID-19 Family Empowerment Program.
  • A $464,000 contract for the grant of federal HOME Community Housing Development Organization set-aside funds to Elder-Aid for the purchase and rehabilitation of four affordable rental units at 3332-3334 Longleaf and 3308-3310 Bluestem.

7:45 p.m.

FY 21 Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a $4.22 million amendment to the city’s FY 21 budget that mostly covers expenditures budgeted in FY 20 that won’t be received until FY 21. The full amendment is detailed on page 131 of the meeting packet.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:04 p.m.

Comp Plan, UDO Review

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance Annual Review. The document highlights the major Comprehensive Plan initiatives and UDO amendments that occurred in FY 2020.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:09 p.m.

Pershing Pointe Zoning Change

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Townhouse to Planned Development District for about five acres of the Pershing Pointe Villas townhouse development near the intersection of Deacon Drive West and Holleman Drive South. The change would provide additional single-family housing types for the unplatted part of the development.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:19 p.m.

Cain Road Zoning Change

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from R-4 Multi-Family to Planned Development District for about 11 acres at 3445 Cain Road. The change would allow attached single-family townhomes.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:31 p.m.

Facilities Maintenance Relocation

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a $145,175 contract with The Arkitex Studio for the design of the Facilities Maintenance Relocation Project.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:14 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The council was updated on local COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:16 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Extension

The council voted unanimously to extend the mayor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.

9:34 p.m.

Council Member Appointments

The council made appointments to its internal committees.

9:48 p.m.

Board and Commission Appointments

The council made appointments to city boards, committees, and commissions.

9:55 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

10:04 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

11:03 p.m.

Residential Over-Occupancy

The council discussed options for addressing the symptoms of over-occupancy in residential neighborhoods. The discussion will continue to future council meetings.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

11:31 p.m.

Rental Registration Cost Analysis

The council discussed the Rental Registration Program and a cost analysis of the registration fee. The discussion will continue to future council meetings.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

11:34 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The council’s meets again on Thursday, Jan. 28.

 


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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Registration underway for Friday Night Lights 7v7

By Samantha Holman, Event Specialist

Although the Super Bowl marks the end of football season for much of the country, it’s just the beginning in College Station, thanks to the new Friday Night Lights 7v7 football league.

Unlike traditional youth recreational leagues, Friday Night Lights 7v7 focuses on fast-paced, competitive play for teams preparing for their school’s next season. 

Registration is team-based with no individual signups. Teams must provide two sets of jerseys, — one light color, and one dark — and play one or two games a night. Games are governed by high school 7v7 rules, with each team providing an age-appropriate football. Teams submit a roster before their first game that verifies participants and their current grade.

Age groups are grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and grades 7-8. Registration closes Sunday, Feb. 28, and the season runs March 5-April 30. Register online or by calling 979-764-3486. The cost is $550 per team.

Games are scheduled on Fridays between 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. Times are subject to change based on the final number of teams. 

For more information, go to cstx.gov/sports or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger Samantha Holman is in her second year as an event specialist in the Parks and Recreation Department. A native of San Antonio, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2018.


 

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Reopening of city’s senior programs delayed

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The recent rise in local COVID-19 cases has led the Parks and Recreation Department to delay the reopening of senior programs at the Lincoln Recreation Center and Meyer Senior and Community Center. Limited programs had been scheduled to resume on Jan. 19.

As we’ve been making plans to reopen spaces, facilities, and programs, we’ve understood the harsh reality that phased re-openings aren’t an immediate return to normal operations. They include tough decisions and necessary and appropriate measures to reduce the risks of community transmission.

These considerations don’t mean senior programming won’t return in the spring. We’ll re-evaluate the program every two weeks starting on Jan. 25. We’re also thinking about more outdoor programming to keep our senior demographic socially engaged and moving. 

We recognize the essential role we play in our community’s quality of life, especially during these challenging times. We are faithfully working to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities while responsibly addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. 

We encourage you to get outside and enjoy one of the 54 developed parks with fun-filled amenities near you. We’d love to see and hear ways you are using the outdoors to change your outlook during the pandemic.

For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or parks@cstx.gov.

 


About the Blogger Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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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 meets at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance is restricted.

The meetings will be streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 982 9390 0006. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Residential Over-Occupancy: In the workshop, the council will discuss options for addressing the symptoms of over-occupancy in residential neighborhoods.
  2. Woodson Village Rehabilitation: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $5.05 million contract with Elliott Construction to rehabilitate water and wastewater lines in the area of Haines Drive, Glade Street, and Dexter and Timm Drive.
  3. FY 21 Budget Amendment: After a public hearing, the council will consider a $4.22 million amendment to the city’s FY 21 budget that mostly covers expenditures budgeted in FY 20 that won’t be received until FY 21. The full amendment is detailed on page 131 of the meeting packet.
  4. Pershing Pointe Zoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from Townhouse to Planned Development District for about five acres of the Pershing Pointe Villas townhouse development near the intersection of Deacon Drive West and Holleman Drive South. The change would provide additional single-family housing types for the unplatted part of the development.
  5. Cain Road Zoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from R-4 Multi-Family to Planned Development District for about 11 acres at 3445 Cain Road. The change would allow attached single-family townhomes.

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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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Video: How the city determines speed limits

In this episode of “Actually…,” City Traffic Engineer Troy Rother explains how the city determines speed limits on our roadways.

– Public Communications Office

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Video: And now for something completely positive (December)

Take a look back at some of the positive things that happened in the City of College Station in December, including additional funds received for the small business assistance program, the city’s 2020 employee of the year, and being named a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Now that’s something completely positive!

– Public Communications Office

 

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