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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 13)

Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Eleanor Vessali. Standing (L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 13. It’s not the official minutes.

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

5:23 p.m.

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

5:29 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Northgate Park: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $418,000 contract with Caprock Construction for the development of Northgate Park, a 1 ½-acre neighborhood park that will include lighted trails, open play areas, benches, a small lighted pavilion with picnic tables, and drinking fountains.

5:46 p.m.

BVEDC Incentive Report

The council heard a presentation from the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation about incentive compliance in 2018. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:15 p.m.

Water Fund and Rates

The council discussed the city’s water utility fund and the challenges it faces from growth, future capacity needs, and the impact of rainfall patterns. Staff recommended a 15% rate increase for FY20, which would raise the monthly bill by about $3.42 for an average single-family residence.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:38 p.m.

Smart City Initiatives

The council heard a workshop presentation about the city’s technology-driven smart city initiatives. The discussion included public sector trends and the types of advisory boards that exist in the industry.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:38 p.m.

Mayor Mooney suspended the workshop. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:44 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:49 p.m.

Giles Completes Managing Officer Program

Mayor Mooney recognized Capt. Jason Giles for completing the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program. Giles has been with the College Station Fire Department since 1999. Pictured below with the mayor are Kyler Giles, Capt. Giles, Fire Chief Jonathan McMahon, and Councilwoman Elianor Vessali.

6:55 p.m.

Men’s Health Month

The mayor proclaimed June as Men’s Health Month. Pictured below with the mayor are representatives of the Brazos County Health Department.

7:06 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Councilwoman Elianor Vessali recognized Marine Capt. Lyle L. Gordon as part of the Fallen Heroes Project. The 30-year-old Midlothian native died on Jan. 26, 2005, in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah, Iraq.

7:07 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Authorized the city manager or designee to execute documents for a grant application for police bomb squad equipment to the Office of the Governor’s Homeland Security Division.
  • A $418,266.89 contract with Caprock Construction for the development of Northgate Park.
  • A change order reducing by $91,555.33 the contract for the Sandy Point Improvements Project.
  • An interlocal agreement with Region 8 Education Service Center to participate in The Interlocal Purchasing System.
  • A contract not to exceed $162,271.92 with ASAP Security Services for implementing Phase II of the city-wide integrated video surveillance system.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $712,700 with Techline for wire and cable.
  • Services by Global Payments Direct for merchant card and credit card payment processing services: a) additional funding of $285,000 for the second year of the initial contract term ending May 31, 2020; and b) amended the contract to allow for an estimated annual expenditure of $1.3 million.
  • An annual contract not to exceed $100,000 with Larry Young Paving for the repaving of utility cuts.
  • The first renewal of a contract not to exceed $432,000 with Brazos Paving for the installation of one-inch overlay with specialty mix.
  • An annual contract not-to-exceed $101,640 with Buyers Barricades Houston for 2019 Texas A&M football postgame traffic control.

7:14 p.m.

Budget Amendment No. 2

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a $2.33 million amendment to the city’s FY19 budget that includes an attenuator truck and two equipment operators for the Solid Waste Division, parkland dedication funds, an assistant to the city manager, medical claims, and a cemetery water line.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:23 p.m.

Updated Building Permit Fees

The council voted unanimously to adopt amended building permit fees to align with state law and the city’s policy of full fee support for the costs of permitted services.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:32 p.m.

University Drive Rezoning

The council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Office with Corridor Overlay to General Commercial with Corridor Overlay for about three acres at 1101, 1103 and 1105 University Drive East.

The change would allow for a wider range of uses in the existing development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:48 p.m.

Interlocal Agreement for Prisoners

The council voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with Brazos County to house City of College Station Class C misdemeanor prisoners at $55 each per day.

The Police Department’s new headquarters that will open early next year will not have a holding facility. State Law mandates that the local sheriff accept and house arrests from county agencies that are a Class B misdemeanor and above.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:00 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell Parkway Multi-Use Path

The council voted unanimously to approve a $102,735 contract with Dudley Construction for the Harvey Mitchell Parkway multi-use path landscaping project, which includes trees and shrubs along the existing path between Texas and Welsh Avenues.

The 2013 South Knoll Area Neighborhood Plan gave direction to continue enhancing park and trail facilities. The landscaping project was specifically identified and also helps implement the Comprehensive Plan as it relates to FM2818 as a primary image corridor.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:26 p.m.

Semi-Annual Impact Fee Report

The council voted unanimously to accept the semi-annual report on the system-wide water, wastewater, and roadway impact fees adopted in 2016. The fees have been implemented in phases with full implementation occurring in December.

The city limits bound the service area for roadway impact fees, but service areas for system-wide water and wastewater impact fees also include areas in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Land use assumptions and the related capital improvement plans were unchanged in the reporting period, and the report documents the fees collected in each service area.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:28 p.m.

Interlocal Agreement with Wellborn SUD

The council voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with the Wellborn Special Utility District for cost participation in the city’s Greens Prairie Trail Phase 1 Widening Project. To reduce costs and make sure the project is completed on schedule, Wellborn SUD will reimburse the city for relocating its water lines located in the city’s right-of-way.

The project will reconstruct and widen Greens Prairie Trail from Royder Road to the city limit and will include the replacement of the existing asphalt pavement with a four-lane concrete section.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:30 p.m.

Greens Prairie Preliminary Engineering Report

The council voted unanimously to approve a $234,500 contract with Jones & Carter for the preliminary engineering report for the rehabilitation of Greens Prairie Trail from Wellborn Road to Victoria Avenue.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:33 p.m.

McCulloch Utility Rehabilitation Project

The council voted unanimously to approve an $839,800 contract with Kimley Horn and Associates for the McCulloch Utility Rehabilitation Project, which includes water and wastewater lines in the Southgate area near Arizona Street, Phoenix Street, Carolina Street, and Georgia Street.

The sewer lines need to be replaced because of service disruptions caused by deteriorating lines, shallow lines, and poor access to mains located near back lot lines. The water distribution lines need to be replaced due to service disruptions caused by deteriorating lines and inadequate fire protection from small lines.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:38 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

8:38 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop meeting will resume.

8:42 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports.

The council meets again on Thursday, June 27.

 

 


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. Water Fund: In the workshop, the council will discuss the status of the water utility fund and the challenges it faces from growth, future capacity needs, and the impact of rainfall patterns.
  2. Smart City Initiatives: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the city’s technology-driven smart city initiatives. The discussion will include public sector trends and the types of advisory boards that exist in the industry.
  3. Northgate Park: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $418,000 contract with Caprock Construction for the development of Northgate Park, a 1 ½-acre neighborhood park that will include lighted trails, open play areas, benches, a small lighted pavilion with picnic tables, and drinking fountains.
  4. Budget Amendment: After a public hearing, the council will consider a $2.33 million amendment to the city’s FY19 budget. Items include an attenuator truck and two equipment operators for the Solid Waste Division, parkland dedication funds, an assistant to the city manager, medical claims, and a cemetery water line.
  5. University Drive Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider changing the zoning from Office with Corridor Overlay to General Commercial with Corridor Overlay for about three acres at 1101, 1103 and 1105 University Drive East. The change would allow for a broader range of uses in the existing development.

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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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Patron’s dream fulfilled with Meyer Center’s opening

Editor’s Note: The grand opening ceremony has been postponed until Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m.

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

As a university town, College Station offers a variety of attractions for millennials, but we’re also home to a substantial number of senior citizens. For more than a decade, the demand has grown for a new senior-focused center to expand community programming.

The wait is finally over.

Programs at the Bob and Wanda Meyer Senior and Community Center begin Monday, with the doors opening at 8 a.m. On Wednesday, we invite you to join us for the grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. We’ll serve light refreshments and dedicate a plaque in the Meyers’ honor.

Initially the Arts Council Building, the structure was redesigned and renovated with seniors in mind. The facility complies with ADA standards and offers three multipurpose rooms equipped for arts, crafts, and ceramics. The warm color tones provide a comfortable setting for classes, dances, games, fitness, and educational presentations.

At the heart of the center’s mission is the Meyer family. The redesign includes a personalized café style entrance that provides a welcoming and enjoyable place to socialize with friends. We designed the area specifically with Mr. Meyer in mind.

After his beloved wife, Wanda, passed away, Bob would come to the Southwood Community Center daily for a cup of coffee and a visit. Periodically, he would participate in the programs, but more than anything, he craved the social benefits. That’s why the lobby is filled with cozy furniture and, of course, coffee, providing an ideal gathering place.

Mr. Meyer was not only a devoted Southwood Community Center member; he also enjoyed learning about our city government. He participated in Citizens University and volunteered for the Citizens Advisory Committee, serving as chairman from 2004-2007.

He immediately became involved when the city council asked the advisory committee to develop ideas about how a dedicated senior activities center might look. He worked tirelessly on the project and traveled with other committee members to cities across Texas to explore architectural approaches and review successful programs.

Although the dream of a dedicated senior center didn’t come true in his lifetime, he continually expressed an appreciation to the city for its efforts to provide quality programming and a place for seniors to meet and participate in programs.

After more than 50 years as a College Station resident, Mr. Meyer passed away in 2013 at the age of 81. In his will, he left 25 percent of his sizable estate to Parks and Recreation programs that benefit senior citizens.

The grand opening of the center marks a bright, new beginning while honoring the Meyers’ aspirations and sincere passion for seniors.

The Summer Parks & Recreation Guide includes a complete listing of our senior programs and activities.

For more information, visit cstx.gov/MeyerCenter or call 979-764-2670.

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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Join the Spikeball roundnet craze this summer

By Logan Cornelius, Texas Association for the Sport of Roundnet

A rapidly growing new sport called Spikeball roundnet is emerging in College Station this summer.

What does the name Spikeball roundnet mean? Spikeball is the name of the company that makes the product; Roundnet is the name of the sport. The Texas Association for the Sport of Roundnet runs and grows the game in the state, and we’re excited to bring it to College Station through our partnership with the College Station Parks and Recreation Department.

The game is similar to 2-on-2 volleyball, but instead of hitting the ball over a net, you hit it into a net that looks like a small trampoline. Some say that if volleyball and Foursquare had a baby, it’d be named Spikeball Roundnet.

Teams can consist of as many players as possible, but only two are allowed at a time in a match. Divisions include competitive and recreation. The competitive division plays by official Spikeball Roundnet Association rules, while the recreation division is more relaxed and focuses on skill development.

Registration ends June 5 with the league running from June 5-July 17. Register online at cstx.gov/sports, by calling 979-764-3486, or stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. The cost is $80 per team, and equipment is provided.

TASR is doing all we can to grow the self-proclaimed next American sport with hubs across the state to give people a chance to get connected with communities and athletes with a passion for roundnet. For more information on TASR Spikeball roundnet and tournaments, visit TexasRoundnet.com.

 


About the Blogger
Logan Cornelius (@Logan_Cornelius) is senior operations manager for Spikeball and co-founded the Texas Association for the Sport of Roundnet in 2018. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2016 after establishing the Texas A&M Roundnet Club. A resident of Dallas, he plays competitively and was a member of one of the nation’s top roundnet teams in 2018.


 

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Get in summer shape fast with an Aqua Fitness pass

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

Summer is almost here, and whether you like to head to the pool or beach, it’s time to suit up. What better way to get in shape and feel great in your swimsuit than to work out in it?

Take a break from the gym and dive into the City of College Station’s Aqua Fitness classes to build cardio, strength, and resistance in a cool and relaxing atmosphere. It’s easy on the joints while providing a tremendous workout, regardless of your fitness level.

The Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of aqua fitness classes for ages 15 and up at Cindy Hallaran Pool, a 25-yard, zero-depth swimming pool with a beach entry that gently slopes to a depth of four feet. Classes begin Tuesday and run through Aug. 16.

Eager to try one of our aqua fitness classes but not sure where to begin?

It all starts with getting an Aqua Fitness pass, which is good for water fitness, aqua barre, and aqua boot camp. You can sample a drop-in pass for $3 a class and once you’re hooked, buy an unlimited pass for $100.

Passes can be purchased at the Cindy Hallaran Pool or online at rectrac.cstx.gov.

Aqua Fitness Classes

Water Fitness, Weekdays, 9-10 a.m.

These classes provide an enjoyable and effective exercise that increases cardiopulmonary capacity, strength, and flexibility. Physically fit, pre-natal, post-natal, post-operative, those with arthritis, those with muscle injuries, or sedentary individuals are invited to join.

Aqua Barre, Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

The hottest trend in group exercise goes aquatic with a moderate-intensity workout that uses the buoyancy and resistance of water to enhance exercises designed to build strength, promote cardiovascular fitness, and increase flexibility. Participants use noodles and the pool wall in place of the traditional ballet barre.

Aqua Bootcamp, Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Take your fitness to the next level with a vigorous workout that brings intensity without the impact with a combination of high-intensity interval training, steady-state cardio, and resistance exercises.

Get your Aqua Fitness pass today and get in summer shape!

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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Sales tax holiday can save you money — and water

By Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator

The Memorial Day weekend in the Brazos Valley will be busy with the Texas Weekend of Remembrance, high school graduations, dance recitals, athletic events, and more.

The return of sunny, warm weather also means it an ideal time to make your home and landscape more efficient. If you upgrade your irrigation controller, install a rain sensor, and add mulch to your drought-tolerant plants this weekend, it’s all tax-free.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has declared a sales tax holiday from Saturday through Monday on the purchase of certain water– and energy-efficient products. This year marks the third time the tax holiday has provided an incentive for Texans to conserve our limited water resources.

Eligible tax-exempt items are things that can be used to conserve or retain groundwater, recharge water tables, or decrease ambient air temperature to reduce water lost to evaporation. Among the eligible items are:

  • WaterSense-labeled products.
  • Soaker or drip-irrigation hoses.
  • Moisture control for sprinkler or irrigation systems (rain shutoff switches or soil moisture sensors).
  • Rain barrels (rainwater harvesting equipment is always exempt from state sales tax).
  • Permeable ground cover surfaces that allow water to reach underground basins, aquifers or water collection points.
  • Plants, trees, and grasses.
  • Soil and compost.

WaterSense-labeled products go through an independent, third-party certification process and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s specifications for efficiency and performance. The beauty is having water-saving products in your home or business that deliver exceptional performance and savings on water bills for years to come.

For more information, visit the Texas Comptroller’s Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday webpage.

Stay cool this weekend and get ready for water and energy savings!

 


About the Blogger

Jennifer Nations has been the City of College Station’s water resource coordinator since 1999 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 a master’s degree in water management & hydrologic science from Texas A&M in 2016.


 

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