Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, July 23. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are 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. Council members Blanche Brick, Julie Schultz, John Nichols and James Benham are absent. All but Nichols are participating in the meeting by teleconference.
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By Colin Killian, Communications Manager
As Parks and Recreation staff members prepare Wolf Pen Creek Park for Christmas at the Creek, we frequently run across families, workout enthusiasts and others who ask the same question:
“What’s new this year?”
We’ve been busy stringing lights in trees, making room for a synthetic ice rink and dry-cleaning Santa’s clothes, but we know that the long days and nights in the cold rain will be worth it when we see the kids’ delight in the colorful lights as they rush from one display to the next. We take personal joy in offering residents of the Brazos Valley a holiday experience that doesn’t seem to rewrite the classic song to say “it’s beginning to cost a lot like Christmas…”
Join us at Wolf Pen Creek Park as we bring you the sights and sounds of the holidays. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store:
This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Nov. 19. 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. Council member Julie Schultz is absent tonight.
While many residents are winterizing their closets and planning their Thanksgiving feasts, the Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for Christmas at the Creek with the sounds of Justin Bieber’s Christmas echoing through our office.
The transition from Christmas in the Park to Christmas at the Creek in 2011 was a huge success as more than 20,000 people attended the four nights of festivities. The result was one tired Santa!
The meeting was adjourned. The council meets again on Feb. 23.
Joint Neighborhood Parking Task Force
The council unanimously approved the formation of a Joint Neighborhood Parking Task Force. The task force will consist of members of the city council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilmembers who will serve on the task force are Dave Ruesink, Blanche Brick and Julie Schultz.
Ad Hoc Committee for Arts Council Relations
The council unanimously approved the creation an ad hoc committee to consider topics concerning the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, including the lease agreement for the Arts Council building, and the construction and use of the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Grounds. The subcommittee will consist of three council members and three members of the Arts Council Board of Directors. The subcommittee will be dissolved after completing its report. Councilmembers who will serve on the subcommittee are Julie Schultz, Katy-Marie Lyles and Nancy Berry.
The regular meeting has adjourned. The council is now finishing up what was left of the workshop agenda.
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, Feb. 9. 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 live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and can also be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.
Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)
Police Department Update
Police Chief Jeff Capps will update the council on the state of the College Station Police Department, including a review of 2011 crime statistics.
Recycling Program Update
The council will receive an update on the city’s recycling program and will review previous internal studies along with possible options for the program.
Christmas at the Creek Report
The council will hear a post-event report on Christmas at the Creek, which changed locations and activities from previous years. The Parks and Recreation Department welcomed participation from many non-profit groups, businesses, the Arts Center and numerous churches. Wolf Pen Creek Park was heavily decorated and was a focal point for visitors beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing through New Year’s Day. The major activity nights were located at the Wolf Pen Creek Park complex on Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. Participation was estimated at 20,000 people over the four days, compared to 7,000 who attended the 2010 event at Central Park. The primary costs are part of Parks and Recreation’s operating budget, but sponsors were solicited and secured to help offset expenses.
Throughout December, the Wolf Pen Creek Park staff fluffed bows, repaired lights and picked up remnants of good times left behind from the night before. Most nights, we were here late and enjoyed just watching families wander through the park. It was fun to hear their remarks — and just about everyone had something to say about the change, the move, the transition. And so we listened.
The little children were thrilled about the colorful lights, running from one to the next, and got even more excited as they went. The bigger kids seemed a bit skeptical that Christmas at the Creek will ever have as good a light show as Christmas in the Park. They tried to remember where the deer were at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park and argued about the train’s old location. Meanwhile, most of the adults simply enjoyed the evening strolls and seem to believe the change was a positive one.
Moving College Station’s annual Christmas event from Central Park was necessary for its survival. We might have adjusted the name a bit, but it’s still the same program at heart. We’ll keep using original art in handcrafting our lighting scenes, and we’ll continue making the scenes with the loving care and spirit as the great Christmas in the Park teams always did.
The council voted 6-1 to approve plans for the 2011 Christmas at the Creek event in the Wolf Pen Creek Corridor. Council Member Jess Fields voted against the motion. The event is a transition from past holiday seasons, when the city’s holiday event was at Central Park. The Parks and Recreation Department is welcoming participation from many non-profit groups, several businesses, the Arts Center and numerous churches. As part of the transition, the city will still be lighting a Holiday Village at Central Park, but Wolf Pen Creek Park will be the focal point for visitors beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing through New Years Day.
The major activity nights will be at the Wolf Pen Creek Park Complex on Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. Festivities will include photos with Santa, hayrides, two entertainment stages, hot chocolate and cookies, children’s area, baking contest, pet night, live Nativity and vendors selling arts and crafts. The primary costs associated with Christmas at the Creek are part of the Parks and Recreation General Fund operating budget. Sponsors are being secured to help offset costs.
Here’s the Powerpoint presentation the council received:
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Oct. 27, 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.)
Rezoning and Sale of Property Near Lick Creek Park
The city council will discuss the rezoning and eventual sale of about 65 acres of city-owned property near Lick Creek Park on Rock Prairie Road. In July, the council directed staff to explore the possible sale of a number of city-owned properties.
Christmas at the Creek
The council will receive an update on the 2011 Christmas at the Creek event, which is a transition from the event location and activities from past holiday seasons. The Parks and Recreation Department has welcomed participation this year from many non-profit groups, several businesses, the Arts Center and numerous churches. Wolf Pen Creek Park will be heavily decorated as and will be a focal point for visitors throughout the season, beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing through New Year’s Day. The major activity nights will be the first two weekends in December. Festivities include photos with Santa, hayrides, two entertainment stages, hot chocolate and cookies, a children’s area, a baking contest, a pet night, a live Nativity, vendors selling arts and crafts, as well as food and drink. The primary costs associated with Christmas at the Creek are part of the Parks and Recreation General Fund operating budget. Sponsors are being solicited to help offset costs.