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This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 28. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started.
Simpson named city manager
The council unanimously voted to select Frank Simpson as city manager. Simpson was named interim city manager in January when David Neeley retired. He had served as deputy city manager since 2011, overseeing Public Works, Water Services, and the Electric Utility. Simpson came to the City of College Station after serving as city manager of Missouri City for seven years (2004-11). He previously served as city manager of Webster (2001-04) and Center (1995-01), and was an assistant city manager in La Marque (1994-95).
Simpson began his long municipal government career as a public utilities worker for the City of College Station in 1986 while attending Texas A&M. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and a master’s in public administration from A&M in 1990. Simpson worked in various administrative capacities with the City of College Station from 1989-93. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children.
This blog is a summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, May 12, 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
External Audit Review
The city council unanimously approved the City of College Station’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Kersten informed the council that the city’s net assets totaled $402,731,641, an increase of $15 million from the previous year. Unrestricted net assets were $76 million, and restricted net assets were $11 million. Capital assets amount to $314,762,842.
The city’s independent auditor, Jimmy Ingram of Ingram, Wallis & Company, said his firm issued an unqualified opinion, which is the equivalent of a clean bill of health. The city’s charter, fiscal and budgetary policies — and state law — require the city council to designate a qualified public accountant or accountants who, at the end of the fiscal year, make an independent audit of accounts and other financial transactions of the city government.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday (May 12) at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the complete agenda packets.
Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)
External Audit Review
The city council will receive the city’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010. The Council Audit Committee received the audit report on May 4. The city’s charter, fiscal and budgetary policies — and state law — require the city council to designate a qualified public accountant or accountants who, at the end of the fiscal year, make an independent audit of accounts and other financial transactions of the city government.
Parks and Recreation Master Plan
The city council will receive an update on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which is rooted in the community vision established by the residents of College Station. The plan identifies the city’s parks and recreation needs for the next decade and the goals, strategies and actions needed to address them. A joint committee comprised of two Planning and Zoning Committee commissioners, five Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members, and a staff resource team have been working to update the plan, which last was revised in 2003.