Take a look back at some of the positive things that happened in the City of College Station in August: The city’s Traffic Division made crossing University Drive easier for those who use wheelchairs, College Station was named the best city in the country for career opportunities during the pandemic, Water Services quick response to a leak prevented a major problem, first responders helped assisted living residents finally see their families, and Judge Spillane conducted his first Zoom wedding — from Kyle Field. Now that’s something completely positive! Continue reading Video: Now for something completely positive (August)
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Oct. 22. 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.
The workshop has started.
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:
- Hike & Bike Trail Change Order: Kieschnick General Contractors was awarded a contract in May to build about five miles of hike and bike trail from Creek View Park to Lick Creek Park. After bidding, an engineering review discovered several items that needed to be addressed. To mitigate the cost, the scope of work was reduced by removing the trail section along Pebble Creek Parkway and adding bike lanes to the existing sidewalk along Pebble Creek Parkway. The change order reduces the contract amount by $182,397.60.
- City Employee Loan Option: Through the Community Loan Center of the Brazos Valley’s Affordable Small Dollar Loan Program, city employees could get a low-interest loan of up to $1,000 and have their repayment installments deducted from their bi-weekly paycheck. The loans would be funded and administered directly through the Community Loan Center of the Brazos Valley.
By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-out: The council will hear a workshop presentation about Phase 1 of the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-out. The $3.67 million project — funded with hotel tax revenues — would add two synthetic athletic fields, lighting, parking spaces, and other amenities.
- Special Presentations: Mayor Nancy Berry will proclaim October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Nov. 2-6 as Municipal Courts Week.
- Dominik Drive Sidewalks: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $66,000 contract for the construction of sidewalks on the south side of Dominik Drive between Stallings Drive and Munson Avenue. The project qualifies for a federal Community Development Block Grant.
- Comprehensive Plan/UDO Review: After a public hearing, the council will discuss the annual review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.
- ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan: After a public hearing, the council will consider adopting the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan, which outlines how the city will improve accessibility for the physically challenged and fulfill federal requirements.