This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 27. It’s not the official minutes.
The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.
The workshop meeting has started.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Project
The council received a presentation on the $1.5 million Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Projects, which is on the consent agenda for tonight’s regular meeting. In the first step in the treatment process, untreated wastewater flows into the headworks from the collection system. Large objects and sediment are removed so the wastewater can continue through the rest of the process.
Although key equipment is worn out and needs either replacement or rehabilitation, this project includes only items needed to restore functionality to existing equipment. The improvements are for the screw lift pumps, grit and grease removal systems, oiler system, odor controls and junction box, which will allow the headworks to operate until information is received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about future permit restrictions, which could require major changes to the headworks structure.
The College Station City Council will meet Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings.
Here are five items to watch on Thursday:
- Hazard Mitigation Action Plan: The council will consider reapproving the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the first time since 2004. The plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state law before the city can receive grants for easing hazards and risks after natural disasters. The five-year plan also helps the city maintain its eligibility for FEMA assistance or other federal funds. The council will hear a presentation during the workshop and will consider the approving the plan as part of the consent agenda.
Here’s a quick overview of what the College Station City Council discussed and decided at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 28. This blog is not the official minutes. Video replays of both meetings can be accessed at cstx.gov/cstv19.
Brazos Animal Shelter Report
The Brazos Animal Shelter reported on its recent activities, which include rebranding itself as the Aggieland Humane Society and completing the move to its new Leonard Road location. The city pays the shelter $169,513 annually.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 28. This blog is not the 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.)
Brazos Animal Shelter Annual Report
The council will receive a report from the Brazos Animal Shelter regarding its activities in the current fiscal year. The city pays the shelter annual fees of $169,513.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Nov. 10, 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.)
Junior College Football Bowl Game
The council will receive a presentation regarding a proposal for an annual National Junior College Athletic Association football bowl game in College Station beginning in December 2012. The council will consider approving a formal request for the bowl game on Nov. 21. In August, Blinn College began working on the proposal with the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. The group has met with Texas A&M officials and has compiled anticipated attendance numbers, budget and other items. The Brazos Valley Bowl presented by Blinn College would be played at Kyle Field on the Texas A&M campus. Hotel Occupancy Tax funds will be requested to assist with the proposal and eventual event.
The council unanimously approved appointments to two local boards:
- Ronald Kaiser, Brazos County Appraisal District Board of Directors
- Steve Beachy and Karl Mooney, BVSWMA, Inc. Board of Directors
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.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Sept. 22, 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.)
Council Liaisons to City Boards and Committees
The city council will consider appointing liaisons to represent the council on city boards and committees that lack council representation. The liaisons would serve in an ex-officio capacity only and would not have voting or other privileges reserved for full members.
Council Strategic Plan
The council will review the progress on its strategic plan update and provide direction to staff. The council began updating the plan at its annual retreat in July, when it reviewed current and projected conditions that affect the operation of city government, and affirmed its commitment to the adopted Vision Statement, Organizational Mission Statement, and Core Values.
This blog is a short summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 10, 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
New BVSWMA, Inc. Executive Director
By a unanimous vote (7-0), the council approved Bryan Griesbach as Executive Director of BVSWMA, Inc., and he introduced himself to the council. He reported that the new landfill site east of College Station has been highlighted in the American Public Works Association magazine, noting that the site is the only LEED certified landfill in the U.S. Griesbach said the new facility will be opening soon, possibly within the next 60-90 days. He has been in the profession for 21 years and said the new landfill facility is the finest he has ever seen.
System Capacity Impact Fees on Water/Wastewater
The city council received an informational presentation regarding the economics of the possible implementation of “system capacity” impact fees for Water and Wastewater. Dr. Jim Gaines of the Texas A&M Real Estate Center provided a brief summary on the health of the local economy, followed by a question and answer session with the council.
Council directed staff to begin looking into these impact fees last year. Here’s how the fees would work: when a building permit is pulled, the builder would pay a fee to compensate the city for the expansion of the water and wastewater systems the new development needs. The fees would ultimately be paid by the new home buyer, which would mitigate any rate increases paid by other residents since the cost of the capital improvements would be removed from the rate structure.
Water Services Director David Coleman said the maximum fees considered for water is $1,480 and for wastewater is $1,578. Staff’s policy recommendation is to implement water/wastewater impact fees at $400 each and zero out the five existing impact fees on specific lines. Impact fees will directly affect the city’s ability to support future development. Wastewater is nearing capacity, and staff is considering a joint meeting with Planning and Zoning to review the wastewater master plan. On April 28, the council will have the second and final public hearing and will consider adoption of impact fees.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Kersten presented some assumptions regarding impact fees. Assumptions include the city collecting impact fees for five years, using an example of a capital project of $10 million and considering various funding sources. Assuming the issuance of a 20-year debt, he showed what the impact is with and without an impact fee. No water impact fees would result in a rate increase of 5.6 percent. A water impact fee could result in a rate increase of 3.3 percent. He also reviewed what impact different fees would have, pointing out that a lower fee of $150 still needs a 5.4 percent increase and the higher fee of $400 results in a 5 percent rate increase. Wastewater impact fees could result in a rate increase of 6.1 percent for no fee and 5.3 percent for a $400 fee.
Dr. Gaines reported that the Bryan/College Station area is doing well and that College Station grew 38 percent in the last census period. He said single-family building permits have been up and down during certain periods and for the most part, the fall off has not been as pronounced as other areas of the state. The value of permits since 1994 is $122,000 per dwelling unit on average. Looking at the 2009 breakdown of the average household income in the community — assuming a 10 percent down payment, a 5 percent fixed rate and other variables – 42 percent of households in the area cannot afford to pay more than $75,000 for a home. Based on these assumptions, another 22 percent cannot afford to pay more than $125,000, and 64 percent cannot afford to pay more than $125,000. For every $1,000 increase in home values, more families cannot afford a home, with a lesser impact on lower-income homes than upper-income homes. Gaines said with material costs rising, interest rates are likely to increase in time and the median home price is extremely important. The area has had continuously increasing median home prices as compared to other areas of the state and is running 6-7 percent below trend.
Regular Meeting Highlights
The council voted unanimously (7-0) to approve all seven consent agenda items, which are generally regarded as “housekeeping” items. Click here to view all the consent items.
Brazos Animal Shelter Contract
The council voted 5-2 to approve a new contract with the Brazos Animal Shelter. This long-term contract includes provisions to calculate costs off a cost-per-animal model that will be negotiated on a yearly basis, and allows for an auditing mechanism for verification and transparency purposes. The contract will be re-evaluated on a yearly basis.
VOTE: Voting against approving the contract were Jess Fields and Jana McMillan.
Citizens Charter Review Advisory Commission
The council appointed 10 people to the Citizens Charter Review Advisory Commission. The commission will review the city charter and recommend changes. The review is expected to be a lengthy process and proposed amendments are not likely to go before voters until May 2012. Appointed to the commission were Brian Bochner, Terry Childers, Chuck Ellison, Patrick Gendron, Paul Greer, Gary Halter, Tony Jones, Jim Maness, Lynn McIlhaney and Buck Prewitt.
Official minutes of Thursday’s meetings will be available in two weeks.
The next council workshop and regular meeting will be March 24 at city hall.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing Thursday, March 10 at its workshop (3 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings at city hall. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the complete agenda packets.
System Capacity Impact Fees for Water/Wastewater
The city council will receive an informational presentation regarding the economics of the possible implementation of system capacity impact fees for Water and Wastewater. Dr. Jim Gaines of the Texas A&M Real Estate Center will provide a brief summary on the health of the local economy, followed by a question and answer session with the council.