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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (Nov. 23)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Nov. 23. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 945 5270 2890. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:51 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken out of executive session.

6:21 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled this item for discussion from tonight’s consent agenda:

  • Vehicle Registration Fee: The resolution supports a referendum being held to add $10 to vehicle registration fees — subject to approval by the state legislature — to help address mobility issues in Brazos County through the Regional Mobility Authority. The county has approved a support resolution, while the City of Bryan has yet to consider one.

6:22 p.m.

Open Records Request Process

The council discussed the city’s open records request process. The presentation included an overview of the Texas Public Information Act, an analysis of recent requests, historical trends, and a review of the process across Texas.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:45 p.m.

College Station Business Committee

The council discussed the possible creation of an ad hoc small business advisory committee.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:52 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

6:57 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:01 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

7:02 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously voted to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • The second reading of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Trash Valet and Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A resolution supporting an increase in vehicle registration fees to address traffic and mobility issues through the Brazos County Regional Mobility Authority.

8:09 p.m.

Victoria Avenue Land Use

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to deny a request to change the land use from Wellborn Estate to Wellborn Commercial for about eight acres at 6620 Victoria Avenue. Several citizens spoke against the change. The applicant planned to develop self-storage units.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:15 p.m.

Semi-Annual Impact Fee Report

The council unanimously voted to accept the Semi-Annual Report on SystemWide Impact Fees for Water, Wastewater, and Roadway. The report documents the fees collected in each service area and identifies the capital improvement projects the revenues have been budgeted to help fund.

The city adopted the fees in 2016 and they were fully implemented by late 2018.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:25 p.m.

Greenways to Parkland Conversion

The council unanimously voted to approve the conversion of four greenway properties to 27 acres of parkland. The greenways were acquired through dedicated platting and purchased with 1998 bond funds.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:28 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Extension

The council unanimously voted to extend the mayor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.

8:30 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Dec. 10.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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5 things to watch at Monday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets at city hall on Monday for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance is restricted.

The meetings will be streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 945 5270 2890. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Open Records Request Process: The council will have a workshop discussion about the city’s open records request process. The presentation will include an overview of the Texas Public Information Act, an analysis of recent requests, historical trends, and a review of the process across Texas.
  2. College Station Business Committee: The workshop will also include a discussion about the possible creation of an ad hoc small business advisory committee.
  3. Vehicle Registration Fee: The consent agenda includes a resolution supporting a referendum being held to add $10 to vehicle registration fees — subject to approval by the state legislature — to address mobility issues in Brazos County through the Regional Mobility Authority.  
  4. Victoria Land Use: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the land use from Wellborn Estate to Wellborn Commercial for about eight acres at 6620 Victoria Avenue. The applicant plans to develop self-storage units.
  5. Greenways to Parkland Conversion: The council will consider converting four greenway properties covering 27 acres to park land. The greenways were acquired through dedicated platting and purchased with 1998 bond funds.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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Live Blog: 2020 City Election

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live election blog from the Brazos Center. The results are also available on the City of College Station’s Twitter and Facebook pages and on Suddenlink Channel 19.

About 59.5 percent (72,357) of registered voters (121,580) in Brazos County voted early or absentee.

9:11 p.m.

Early and absentee votes and all 25 vote centers have been counted. Absentee, military and provisional ballots received on time and determined to be qualified will be counted and added to the early voting and Election Day totals after 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10.

UPDATE (Nov. 4)

At its Nov. 12 regular meeting, the city council will consider calling for a runoff election on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to fill the council’s Place-5 seat. Incumbent Councilman John Nichols and challenger Craig Regan received the highest number of votes cast for the position, but neither received the majority required by law. Canvassing is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12. Newly elected council members representing Places 1, 3 and 4 will be sworn-in at that meeting.

Should the council adopt the proposed runoff ordinance, early voting would run from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11, excluding weekends.

UPDATE (Nov. 19)

Bob Brick has been re-elected to Place 1 on the College Station City Council after Thursday’s recount was withdrawn. After absentee and mail-in ballots were recounted with no changes to the outcome, Cornelius withdrew. The rest of the Election Day ballots will not be recounted.

UPDATE (Nov. 19)

Here are the final vote totals, including all mail, military and provisional ballots:

Nichols will continue to serve until the winner is determined.

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About the Blogger Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Oct. 22)

Standing (L-R): John Crompton, Bob Brick, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (L-R): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, John Nichols.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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 meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 910 2349 1784. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:12 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

5:28 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled these items for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda:

  • Northgate Parking Removal: The ordinance would add “No Parking Here to Corner” signs at entrances and exits to public garages and parking areas in the Northgate District, and also addresses four intersections with sight clearance concerns in the area. Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

  • Water/Wastewater Impact Fee Study: The $300,000 contract with Freese & Nichols is for an update to the  2016 water and wastewater impact study. The contract will include the calibration of the existing water and wastewater extended-period models, updates to water and wastewater capital improvement plans, and updates to land use assumptions to determine the potential maximum fees under the Texas Administrative Code.

5:49 p.m.

Neighborhood Street Sign Toppers

The council voted unanimously to approve the Neighborhood Street Sign Toppers Program, which involves installing sign toppers on existing city traffic-control signs at prominent neighborhood locations.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:04 p.m.

Destination Marketing

The council discussed and endorsed the city’s destination marketing strategy for tourism and economic development.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:34 p.m.

Small Business Advisory Group

The council discussed the formation of a small business advisory group and ways the city can engage with the small business community.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:38 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

6:55 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:01 p.m.

Bill Harris Proclamation

The mayor issued a proclamation honoring Dr. Bill Harris for representing the city on the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District’s board of directors from 2013 to 2020.

7:04 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

7:05 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • The renewal of master agreements not to exceed $30,000 each for real estate appraisal services with Duff & Phelps, JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, Lowery Property Advisors, Paul Hornsby & Company; S.T. Lovett & Associates, and Valbridge Property Advisors.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $900,204 with KBS Electrical Distributors for electric three-phase pad-mounted transformers.
  • The renewal of an inter-local agreement with Brazos County for housing College Station Class C misdemeanor prisoners in the Brazos County Jail.
  • Annual price agreements not to exceed $1,351,302 for electric warehouse inventory materials with Anixter ($32,803), KBS Electrical Distributors ($288,083), Techline ($999,886), and Wesco Distribution ($30,530).
  • The removal of street parking at entrances and exits to public garages, parking areas, and certain intersections in the Northgate District.
  • A $140,000 funding agreement with Catholic Charities to provide case management and assistance to residents affected by COVID-19.
  • A $257,234 lease agreement for the property at 614 Holleman Drive East among the Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of College Station and TRDWind Wolf Pen.
  • The first renewal of the master agreement not to exceed $150,000 with The Reynolds Company for Rockwell Automation products and services to maintain SCADA infrastructure.
  • A $4.61 million contract with Brazos Paving for base failure repairs and pavement treatments.
  • An ordinance prohibiting left turns from Gilchrist Avenue to Williams Street on school days.
  • A $300,000 contract with Freese & Nichols to update the city-wide water and wastewater impact study.
  • The 2020 Property Tax Roll of $52.5 million.
  • A real estate contract to convey one-acre of city-owned property at 1820 Harvey Mitchell Parkway in Bryan.

7:18 p.m.

Bond Refunding

The council voted unanimously to approve the issuance and sale of as much as $17,085,000 of Certificates of Obligation Series 2012 and General Obligation Refunding and Improvement Bonds Series 2012. The refunding would reduce overall bond costs by about $2.19 million (amount corrected 10/23).

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Assistance

After a public hearing, the council discussed COVID-19 assistance provided by the city to residents and businesses, other community needs caused by the pandemic, and an additional $822,000 in available CARES Act funding.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:02 p.m.

Baylor Scott & White Reimbursement

The council voted unanimously to approve a public health reimbursement of $748,000 with CARE Act funds to Baylor Scott & White for public health labor expenses and supplies related to COVID-19.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:04 p.m.

CHI St. Joseph Reimbursement

The council voted unanimously to approve a public health reimbursement of $641,168 with CARE Act funds to CHI St. Joseph Regional Health Center for public health labor expenses and supplies related to COVID-19.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:17 p.m.

Greenway to Parkland Conversion

The council voted unanimously to approve the conversion of 110.5 acres of greenway property to parkland in the area bordered by the Midtown Business Park, Rock Prairie Road, and State Highway 6.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:27 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Extension

The council unanimously voted to extend the mayor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.

8:29 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Nov. 12.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 4 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance is restricted.

The meetings will be streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 910 2349 1784. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Street Sign Toppers: In the workshop, the council will discuss the Neighborhood Street Sign Toppers Program, which involves installing sign toppers on existing city traffic-control signs at prominent neighborhood locations.
  2. No Left From Gilchrist to Williams: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider prohibiting left turns from Gilchrist Avenue onto Williams Street on school days to improve safety during pick-up and drop-off times.
  3. Refunding Bonds: In the regular meeting, the council will consider the issuance and sale of as much as $17,085,000 of Certificates of Obligation Series 2012 and General Obligation Refunding and Improvement Bonds Series 2012. The refunding would reduce bond costs by about $1.46 million.
  4. COVID-19 Assistance: After a public hearing, the council will discuss COVID-19 assistance provided to residents and businesses, other community needs caused by the pandemic, and an additional $822,034 in available CARES Act funding.
  5. Greenway to Parkland Conversion: On the regular agenda, the council will consider converting 110.5 acres of greenway property to parkland in the area bordered by the Midtown Business Park, Rock Prairie Road, and State Highway 6.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Oct. 8)

Standing (L-R): John Crompton, Bob Brick, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (L-R): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, John Nichols.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Oct. 8. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 918 7308 4263. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

5:14 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

5:20 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled this item for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda:

  • Investment Policy, Broker-Dealer List and Investment Strategy: The Public Funds Investment Act requires an annual review and approval of the city’s investment policy and investment strategies. The act also requires the governing body to state that it has reviewed and adopted the policy and strategies. Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:01 p.m.

Thoroughfare Landscaping

The council discussed the costs of landscaping on city-owned thoroughfares.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:03 p.m.

After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.

6:17 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:24 p.m.

Community Planning Month

The mayor proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

6:27 p.m.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The mayor proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

6:27 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

6:28 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • An agreement with Avinext not to exceed $791,399 for the computer network upgrade project.
  • The first renewal of an annual $1.4 million contract with Fikes Wholesale for gasoline and diesel fuel.
  • The second one-year renewal of athletic field maintenance materials agreements not to exceed $188,360.95 with BWI Companies ($97,498.87) and Helena Agri-Enterprises ($90,862.08).
  • A resolution stating that the city council has reviewed and approved the city’s investment policy, broker-dealer list and investment strategy.
  • A three-year interlocal agreement with the Texas A&M University System to pay the city $904,699 for aircraft rescue and fire fighting personnel, equipment, operational responsibilities, and command and control of the joint-use fire station at Easterwood Airport.
  • A resolution appointing Gary Mechler as a member of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors, subject to approval by the Brazos County Commissioners Court.

7:24 p.m.

Comp Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to accept the Comprehensive Plan’s 10-Year Evaluation and Appraisal Report. The report features a list of possible strategies and actions, considerations for future map changes, and a summary of community and stakeholder input.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:30 p.m.

FY 20 Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to increase FY 20 budget appropriations by $1.2 million due to the receipt of federal CARES Act funding. The city has incurred the expenses defined by the guidelines and is eligible for reimbursement.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:33 p.m.

Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to abandon part of a public utility easement at 1200 Foxfire Drive. Utilities in the easement have been abandoned, removed, and rerouted to accommodate development of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:46 p.m.

Replat Notification

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to provide a mailed notice of replat approvals to surrounding property owners in accordance with state law.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:51 p.m.

Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to abandon part of a public utility easement at 4427 Rocky Meadows Drive. The 10-foot wide portion of the easement is no longer necessary, and the remainder is adequate to serve existing public infrastructure.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:55 p.m.

Highway 6 Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve a request to change the zoning from Light Commercial and Rural to General Commercial for about 10 acres at 4111 State Highway 6 South. The change would help attract commercial opportunities to vacant land near a major highway.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:57 p.m.

Councilman John Nichols offered his thanks to Bill Harris, who has represented College Station for nine years on the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors. 

8:04 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Oct. 22.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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