Moving out? Consider the options for your unwanted stuff

Moving out? Consider the options for your unwanted stuff

The end of the spring semester means many Texas A&M and Blinn students are graduating and preparing to move out of their apartments and houses. As part of the process, they discover they no longer need much of what they’ve accumulated through their college years. For the City of College Station’s Code Enforcement Division, that can lead to problems. Continue reading Moving out? Consider the options for your unwanted stuff

Consider the consequences before renting your home to football fans

Home of the 12th Man

By Lance Simms, Director of Planning & Development Services

The buzz around Texas A&M has never been greater, and last week’s season-opening win against South Carolina only added to the excitement. College Station’s population surpassed 100,000 in January, and we’re rushing to keep up with new development and accommodate thousands of Southeastern Conference football fans.

Existing hotels — and even the new ones nearing completion — were booked as soon as A&M’s 2014 schedule was announced. Those who couldn’t reserve a hotel room are searching near and far for a place to stay.

Some local property owners have found a remedy to the room shortage by renting their homes – or even single rooms — on football weekends. That’s prompted dozens of College Station residents to call us. Some want to know if it’s okay to rent their homes, while others don’t want it to happen in their neighborhood.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 27)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 27. 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.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:19 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. These items were pulled for workshop discussion:

  • Toni Court Parking Removal: The council discussed the possible removal of parking along the west side of Keefer Loop from Rock Prairie Road to Toni Court, and on the south side and cul-de-sac of Toni Court in the Buena Vida Subdivision. The changes were recommended primarily to allow easier access for emergency vehicles.
  • Stop Loss Policy for City’s Health Plan: The council discussed the renewal of the stop loss policy for the city’s self-funded health plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Stop loss coverage protects the city from specific large medical or prescription drug claims and from an aggregate amount of overall high claims. BlueCross Blue Shield has been the city’s stop loss vendor for almost a decade. This is the second renewal of the original contract from plan year 2012. The renewal includes no increase to the premium from last year. The 2014 plan year projected costs are based on a monthly average of 806 employees, retirees and COBRA participants on the plan.

6:27 p.m.  Continue reading “Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 27)”

How students can survive and thrive in College Station

Moving to a new town to continue your education at a major university — and everything that comes along with that exciting journey — can be overwhelming. The last things on your mind right now are city ordinances, but not knowing basic ordinances could result in costly citations.  

As one of America’s top college towns, we want to help you avoid these simple mistakes so you can concentrate on more important things – like Aggie football! 

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What’s allowed for gameday housing rentals – and what’s not

A&M vs Florida

“Texas A&M (is) now the coolest school in the state.”
FoxSportsSouthwest.com (Feb. 6, 2013)

The buzz around Texas A&M has never been greater, and a preseason top 10 national ranking for the Aggie football team has only added to the excitement. As College Station’s population approaches 100,000, we’re rushing to keep up with new development that supports our newfound coolness and accommodates thousands of Southeastern Conference fans.

It’s no surprise that Aggie football nearly doubles College Station’s population on game weekends. Existing hotels — and even the new ones nearing completion — were booked as soon as the 2013 schedule was announced. Those who couldn’t reserve a hotel room are searching near and far for a place to stay.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (July 12)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, July 12. It is 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.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:19 p.m.

Private Landfill Public Meeting Update

The council heard an update on a public meeting set for Friday, July 19 about a proposed permit for a private landfill within College Station’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The applicant and representatives from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will attend the public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Brazos County Expo Complex.

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