City Council Meeting Live Blog (Nov. 10)

8:50 p.m.

After discussing the council calendar, future agenda items and committee reports, the meeting was adjourned.

8:22 p.m.

Animal Shelter Board

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Chantal Vassali as the city’s new representative on the Brazos Animal Shelter Board. The regular meeting was adjourned and the council returned to the unfinished portion of the workshop agenda.

8:20 p.m.

Rezoning for 6100 Victoria Avenue

The council unanimously approved  a rezoning request for 6.86 acres west of the Castlegate Subdivision on Victoria Avenue to allow residential development. The proposed rezoning is compatible with nearby properties, which are being developed for single-family residential uses. Here is the Powerpoint presentation received by the council:

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City Council Meeting Preview (Oct. 13)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Oct. 13, at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the entire agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Affordable Housing Programming

The city council will hear a presentation on the future direction of the city’s affordable housing activities. City staff recommends revisions to the guidelines for the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program, owner-occupied minor repair housing program, owner-occupied reconstruction program, and the development of a renter-occupied rehabilitation program.

Since the mid 1970s, the city has partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address quality of life, neighborhood stability and safe and decent housing for low-income residents. To date, the city has received more than $43 million, which has been used for affordable housing programs, direct services to low-income families through non-profit partners, and park, street, infrastructure and public facility improvements in low-income areas.

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City Council Preview (April 26)

Here’s a quick overview of some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 26. This blog is not a complete and official agenda.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the website. A detailed live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and also can be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)

HOT Funds for Wayfinding Program

The council will consider approving $256,000 in hotel occupancy tax funds for the first phase of the wayfinding program implemented by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2005, the BCSCVB and the cities of Bryan and College Station began developing a wayfinding program to provide an easy-to-follow signage system to help visitors find area attractions, facilities, districts and other destinations. The project was suspended due to cost and scope overruns. After Texas A&M announced its new alignment with the Southeastern Conference last fall, the project was resurrected in anticipation of thousands of new visitors and fans visiting the area in 2012.

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City Council Meeting Summary (Sept. 22)

This blog is a summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 22 and is not the official minutes. Changes made to specific items will be recorded in the minutes, which will be available in approximately two weeks.

Workshop Meeting Highlights

Click here to watch the entire workshop meeting. Click on individual agenda items listed beneath the video window to view a specific segment.

Council Liaisons to City Boards and Committees

The council consensus was to postpone the appointment of council liaisons until after the Sunset Advisory Commission reports its findings.  The Council will continue to attend meetings on a rotating basis at the Design Review Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Council Member Julie Schultz will serve as interim liaison for the Historic Preservation Committee. Liaisons would represent the council on city boards and committees that lack council representation, and would not have voting or other privileges reserved for full members.

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Council Preview (March 22)

Here’s a quick overview of some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 22. This blog is not a complete and official agenda.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the website. A detailed live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and can also be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)

Bond Sale and Refunding

The council will hear a presentation on the city’s 2012 bond sale and refunding and financing structure. As a growing community, College Station has a capital plan to address its infrastructure needs. Capital project categories include streets, parks, facilities and utilities (electric, water, wastewater and drainage). The presentation will provide an overview of the 2012 proposed capital project funding list, potential refunding opportunity and the structure of financing.

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City Council Meeting Summary (May 26)

This blog is a summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, May 26, and is not the official minutes. Changes made to specific items will be recorded in the minutes, which will be available in approximately two weeks.

New Council Members
New council members Julie Schultz, Blanche Brick and Karl Mooney took part in their first official council meetings.

Workshop Meeting Highlights

Appointments to Boards, Committees and Commissions
Staff briefed the council on the application process for boards and commissions. Openings and the new application are available on the city website. Applicants must be College Station residents and registered voters.  Some boards have additional requirements.  Board members eligible for re-appointment are required to re-apply if they wish to remain on the board.  Board appointments will be made once a year.  In the past, appointments have been made when terms expire, and the expectation is to get all boards on the same schedule.  This new process will be more efficient and will help the city secretary get information out to the public faster.  Council directed staff to proceed with board appointments to be brought back to council at the second meeting in July.

Appointments to Citizens Charter Review Advisory Commission
Mayor Berry announced that Jim Maness has resigned from the Citizens Charter Review Advisory Commission.  Maness does not live within the city limits.  Council consensus was that Lynn McIlhaney be moved from vice chair to chair, with the commission appointing a new vice chair.

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