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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (July 26)

(L-R): Bob Brick, Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, Karl Mooney (mayor), John Nichols, Barry Moore, James Benham.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, July 26. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:26 p.m.

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

Councilmen Bob Brick and James Benham are participating by teleconference. Councilman Jerome Rekrotik is absent tonight.

5:35 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Carters Creek Wastewater Plant Improvements: The $608,000 contract is for design and construction phase services for centrifuge improvements at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • East Side Sewer and Lift Station: The $267,000 contract is for design and construction phase services for the East Side Sewer and Lift Station Project.

5:47 p.m.

BVSWMA Budget

The council unanimously endorsed the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s FY19 budget, which includes $8.64 million in revenue, $6.42 million in operating expenses, and $3.67 million in capital expenses. Total reserves, cash, and investments are $11.75 million.

The budget also reduces the gate rate for the cities of Bryan and College Station from $20 to $18.50 per ton.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:07 p.m.

Texas Weekend of Remembrance

After reviewing the 2018 Texas Weekend of Remembrance, the council directed staff to continue plans for 2019.

The TWR is a time for military members, veterans, and their families to come together and honor the memory of their lost loved ones through camaraderie and commemoration of their sacrifice. The Memorial Day weekend event allows everyone to show their pride and respect for the men and women who paid the ultimate price.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:08 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney suspended the workshop. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:13 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:34 p.m.

Historical Markers

The Historic Preservation Committee presented historical markers to St. Matthew Baptist Church (409 Holleman Dr.), Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (1216 Detroit St.), Sterling Whitley (500 Holleman Dr.), Thomas & Sharon Merchant (1102 Detroit St.), Bobby Searcy & Adrian Merchant (1106 Phoenix St.), and Rudell Baker-Wilson (1202 Phoenix St.).

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:39 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Ann Marsh spoke about ways the city can solve issues caused by trash containers.

6:41 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • An amendment to the Solid Waste Facilities Operations Agreement with BVSWMA that governs communications and procedures during extended periods of landfill inaccessibility.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Organix Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A contract with Pebble Creek Interests for easements needed for the Lick Creek Parallel Wastewater Trunk Line Project.
  • A contract with Aggieland Properties for land needed for the State Highway 47 Electric Substation Project.
  • A second amendment to the lease agreement with Wirestar that increases the leased fiber optic strand miles to 88.74.
  • An annual price agreement not to exceed $1,873,500 with Knife River ($1.44 million) and BPI Material ($438,000) for Type D hot mix asphalt for the maintenance of streets
  • A $209,656 contract with CF McDonald Electric to install purchased VFDs at Sandy Point Pump Station.
  • The removal of parking on the west side of Boyett Street beginning 60 feet north of the intersection of University Drive and ending 130 feet north of University Drive on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The creation of a passenger loading zone in the Northgate Promenade Parking Lot to help address pedestrian safety and traffic congestion issues. The loading zone would be in place from 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Changed the definition of a junked vehicle in the city’s Code of Ordinances to align with the Texas Transportation Code. The amendment also transfers cost responsibility
  • to remove a junked vehicle from the city to the owner.
  • A $60,000 change order for the contractor to bore under Wellborn Road and the railroad track to build an additional feeder to the Jones Crossing development.
  • A $608,000 contract with Jones and Carter for design and construction phase services for the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Centrifuge Improvements Project.
  • A $267,000 contract with Jones and Carter for design and construction phase services for the East Side Sewer and Lift Station Project.
  • A contract not to exceed $120,000 with Krause Paint and Body Shop for heavy truck paint and body repairs.
  • A $800,077.30 bid award for annual blanket purchase agreements for electrical items: KBS Electrical Distributors ($100,044.30), Wesco Distributors ($41,898), Texas Electric Cooperatives ($119,737.50), Techline ($509,373.50), and Anixter ($29,024).

This item was moved to the Aug. 9 council meeting:

  • Renewal of the inter-local agreement with the City of Bryan for management of the Larry J. Ringer Library.

6:55 p.m.

Committee Term Lengths and Limits

After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to change the term lengths for appointees to various city boards, commissions, and committees to three years – except for the Planning & Zoning Commission – and to remove term limits that aren’t required by law. Planning and Zoning commissioners will continue to be limited to two terms.

The modifications are a response to the declining number of citizens applying to serve. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:09 p.m.

Fun for All Playground

The council unanimously approved a $942,123 construction contract for the first phase of an all-abilities park at Central Park. The Fun for All Playground will be a fully accessible park that will provide inclusive play for everyone.

The improvements will be funded primarily by civic groups and private citizens. Phase 1 includes a playground, swings, splash pad, parking, fencing, and general infrastructure.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:10 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:10 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

7:17 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

8:21 p.m.

Possible City Charter Amendments

The council discussed possible city charter amendments that may be included in a special election in November: They approved the following items for the ballot:

  • Expand the terms from three to four years for mayor and city council members with regular elections in even-numbered years.
  • Expansion of residency requirement for the city manager and city attorney to allow them to live in the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
  • The mandatory appointment of an internal auditor.
  • Add language permitting the city to specify by ordinance the notice required for competitive bids and proposals.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:23 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The council meets again on Thursday, Aug. 9.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) 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 (June 28)

(L-R): Bob Brick, Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, Karl Mooney (mayor), John Nichols, Barry Moore, James Benham.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 28. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:09 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman James Benham is participating by teleconference. No action was taken out of executive session.

5:13 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Specialty Mix Contract: In April, the city joined Brazos County in a joint bid for one-inch overlay with specialty mix. The city recommends awarding its portion to Brazos Paving – the lowest responsible bidder – for an amount not-to-exceed $432,000.

6:08 p.m.

Dockless Bike Share Regulations

The council discussed possible regulations regarding Texas A&M’s dockless bike share program. The university contracted with a company to launch the program in March with 850 bikes. They plan to expand to at least 3,000 bikes this fall.

The consensus of the council was to move forward in drafting the ordinance.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:09 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended and will resume after the regular meeting, which will start after a short break.

6:19 p.m.

The regular meeting has started. Four local Boys Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance – Mark Johnson of Troop 802 and Camden Stackhouse, Patrick Stackhouse and Kieran Wylie of Troop 102.

6:22 p.m.

The council observed a moment of silence in remembrance of former Mayor Ron Silvia, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 80.

6:25 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one signed up to speak during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

6:26 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A three-year contract not to exceed $797,355 with Shermco Industries for electric substation testing and maintenance.
  • A $13,265 change order to a contract with TriTech Software Systems to add FireView to the Police Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.
  • The repayment of $1,277,906 of unspent funds in TIRZ 1 to the College Station Independent School District.
  • A contract not to exceed $432,000 with Brazos Paving for the installation of one-inch overlay with specialty mix.
  • A $53,475 Change Order to the contract with JaCody for the Lincoln Recreation Center addition.
  • A $327,000 contract with Dudley Construction for a basketball pavilion at John Crompton Park.
  • Temporary speed limits at the FM60 and FM2818 interchange.

6:36 p.m.

Rezoning on Aurora Court

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning from General Suburban to Duplex for about five acres on Aurora Court near the intersection of Anderson Street and Park Place. The change will allow the development of low- to medium-density residential uses.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:24 p.m.

Homestead Tax Exemption

The council voted 5-0 – with Councilwoman Linda Harvell and Councilman Bob Brick abstaining – to approve a five percent homestead property tax exemption on the appraised value of a residence homestead. The exemption would result in the loss of $644,000 in annual city revenue, which could be mitigated by a .759-cent property tax rate increase in the FY19 budget

An earlier motion to raise the percentage to 7.5 percent failed. A second motion to raise the percentage to 10 percent also failed.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:27 p.m.

Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Advisory Board

The council unanimously appointed Elizabeth Hatala and Allen Thornton to the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Advisory Board.

7:29 p.m.

After the council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

7:43 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

9:11 p.m.

Accessory Living Quarters and Single-Family Parking

The council discussed possible changes to the accessory uses and off-street parking standards sections in the Unified Development Ordinance. A pair of community engagement meetings were conducted in late April, along with an extensive survey. See pages 14-78 of tonight’s meeting packet for full survey results, including comments.

The consensus of the council was to pursue ordinance changes that allow accessory living quarters to be rented with provisions regarding the number of unrelated occupants (two), additional parking (one with grandfathering options), limiting the number to one per property, and requiring the owner live on-site.

Council also directed staff to pursue changes that require one off-street parking space per bedroom in Neighborhood Conservation areas.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:43 p.m.

Single-Family Height Protection

The council discussed possible changes to the height protection section in the Unified Development Ordinance. A pair of community engagement meetings were conducted in late April, along with an extensive survey. See pages 86-120 of tonight’s meeting packet for full survey results, including comments.

The consensus of the council was to keep the existing requirements but clarify the ordinance language.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:48 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports.

The council meets again on Thursday, July 12.

 


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Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) 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 (Feb. 8)

(L-R): Bob Brick, Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, Karl Mooney (mayor), John Nichols, Barry Moore, James Benham.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:43 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

5:44 p.m.

Gilman Appointed Interim City Manager

The council unanimously appointed Chuck Gilman as interim city manager, effective April 1. Gilman has been deputy city manager since 2014. Before that, Gilman served as the city’s public works director. He will fill the role vacated by Kelly Templin, who will leave at the end of March to become director of the RELLIS Campus for the Texas A&M University System.

6:10 p.m.

Texas Weekend of Remembrance

The council unanimously endorsed the Texas Weekend of Remembrance, a special event scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27).

The event will be a time for military members, veterans, and their families to come together and honor the memory of their lost loved ones through camaraderie and commemoration of their sacrifice. The TWR could become a precursor to Memorial Day and restore its original intent by allowing everyone to show their pride and respect to the men and women who have paid the ultimate price.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:16 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Electric Switchgear: The not-to-exceed $539,000 bid award to Techline is for the annual purchase of pad-mounted 15 kV solid dielectric switchgear.
  • Southeast Park Design Project: The $1.22 million contract with Halff Associates is for design and construction phase services for the Southeast Park Project. The facility will ultimately include 8 ballfields with associated infrastructure and amenities. The contract provides construction services for Phase 1, which is proposed to include four ballfields. The overall project will be funded by $6 million in certificates of obligation and $4 million in hotel occupancy tax revenue. The debt for the project hasn’t been issued, but expenditure in advance of issuance was authorized by the council in November.

6:17 p.m.

Mayor Mooney suspended the workshop, which will resume after the regular meeting.

6:17 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:25 p.m.

CSHS State Championship Football Team

The council recognized College Station High School’s state champion football team. The Cougars began their 2017 season with a 1-2 record but won its remaining 13 games to finish the year at 14-2. The Cougars defeated Aledo High School, 20-19, in the 5A-Division II state championship game on Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The district opened the doors of College Station High School not six years ago and did not achieve full enrollment until the 2014-15 school year. 

6:30 p.m.

2-1-1 Day

The mayor, acting on behalf of the City of Bryan and Brazos County, proclaimed Feb. 11 as 2-1-1 Day. 2-1-1 Texas is a program of United Way of the Brazos Valley in partnership with the State of Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

6:32 p.m.

Shen Yun Performance Day

The mayor proclaimed Feb. 13 as Shen Yun Performance Day.

6:41 p.m.

Science and Technology LEGO League

The council heard a presentation from the Science and Technology LEGO League about a water conservation app. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney are members of H2Owls (l-r): Yura Song, Sami Mahapatra, Izzy Toth, Miriam Demlow, Bowen Tian and Claire Connally.

6:50 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Three people spoke as part of Hear Visitors when citizens address the council on items that don’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army Lt. Tim Cunningham as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 26-year-old College Station native died April 23, 2008, in a vehicle accident in Balad, Iraq.
  • Morgan Heien spoke against item 2f on tonight’s consent agenda, which would remove parking along one side of Oney Hervey Drive.
  • Larry Johnson spoke in favor of item 2f on tonight’s consent agenda, which would remove parking along one side of Oney Hervey Drive.

6:51 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A not-to-exceed bid award of $539,000 to Techline for the annual purchase of pad-mounted 15 kV solid dielectric switchgear.
  • A contract amendment for PGAL to use the Construction Manager-at-Risk project delivery method for the design of the new police headquarters.
  • A $109,060 bid award to Techline for materials related to transmission pole replacement.
  • An advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for voluntary local government contributions to transportation improvement projects with no required match for the FM 2818 Widening Project.
  • Removed parking on the west side of Oney Harvey Drive to the end of the road, on the east side from Holleman Drive to 140 feet down the east side of Oney Harvey Drive, on the north side of Southland Street to the end of the road, and from Wellborn Road to 125 feet down the south side of Southland Street.
  • A change order reducing reduction the contract with Larry Young Paving by $253,599.11 for the Royder Road Expansion Project.
  • A $1.22 million contract with Halff Associates for design and construction phase services for the Southeast Park Project.
  • An annual not-to-exceed $150,000 contract with All-Around Tree Service for landscaping and tree trimming and removal services.
  • The annual traffic contact report required by the state.

6:58 p.m.

Angry Elephant Conditional Use Permit

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a conditional use permit for a bar called the Angry Elephant in an existing commercial space at 650 William D. Fitch Parkway, which is near the southwest corner of the intersection with Arrington Road. Councilman Barry Moore recused himself from the vote.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:16 p.m.

Comp Plan Amendment and Rezoning Criteria

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance regarding the criteria used in considering Comprehensive Plan amendments and rezonings. An earlier amendment to change some of the wording in the amendment also passed unanimously.

No criteria in the UDO assists applicants and guides decision makers in their consideration to amend the Comprehensive Plan. The questions asked of applicants are taken from guidance provided by the Comprehensive Plan to analyze amendment requests. While the amendment adds language to the UDO, it offers predictable expectations for applicants, and sound decision points to policymakers when considering changes to the city’s long-range plan.

The criteria in the UDO for rezonings have been criticized for being difficult to understand and confusing to apply. The amendment is intended to establish clear standards for rezoning with less redundancy.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:20 p.m.

Wolf Pen Creek Design District

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve criteria for administrative approval of site plans, buildings, and signs in the Wolf Pen Creek Design District. The changes are intended to streamline the development review process.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:


7:36 p.m.

FY18 Budget Amendment No. 1

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s FY18 budget by $3,079,541 and to increase the full-time employee count by two. A $54,000 inter-fund transfer was also included.

See pages 104-105 of the regular meeting packet for more details of the budget amendment.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:47 p.m.

Board and Committee Appointments

The council voted unanimously to make these appointments:

  • Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeal: Joseph Fix, Janet Kountakis, Bill Mather, James Sharp, Rachel Smith, Elianor Vessali (alternate).
  • Design Review Board: Ray Holliday.
  • Historic Preservation Committee: Gerald Blackmon, Gerald Burgner (chair), Shirley Dupriest, Helen Frisk, Louis Hodges, William Wright.
  • Joint Relief Funding Review Committee: Nancy Berry, Chace Murphy.
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments: Howard Mayne, James Sharp (alternate).

7:49 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:49 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

7:59 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

8:12 p.m.

Capital Improvement Plan Update

The council discussed the status of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, including projects recommended by the Citizen Advisory Committee.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:23 p.m.

Krenek Tap Overlay

The consensus of the council was to move forward with a city-initiated rezoning to remove the Krenek Tap Overlay zoning district. The concept of deleting the zoning district from the city’s Unified Development Ordinance requires the rezoning of properties under the overlay to remove its application.

The Krenek Tap Overlay zoning district was adopted in 2004 to enhance the views along Krenek Tap Road and create a sense of identity for the city, not only along the municipal property but along Krenek Tap Road. At the time, the city was pursuing a City Centre Concept for the development of the municipal property.

The overlay heightens the development standards for properties along Krenek Tap — including single-family — by requiring parking behind structures and limitations on façade and fence materials and roof and signage options. The overlay is applied to properties from the Krenek Tap right-of-way and back 750 feet in each direction.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:36 p.m.

Public Hearing Notifications

The council discussed community notification requirements and practices for cases involving a public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:46 p.m.

Non-Residential Landscaping Standards

The council discussed the city’s non-residential landscaping requirements, including streetscaping, buffer standards, and options for encouraging water conservation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:49 p.m.

Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition

The consensus of the council was to provide a budget for a council representative to attend meetings of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition. The estimated cost would be about $900, which includes airfare and hotel accommodations but not meals. 

8:53 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 22.

 


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Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) 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 (Jan. 11)

(Standing, L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, James Benham. (Sitting, L-R): Linda Harvell, Karl Mooney (mayor), Barry Moore.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 11. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:51 p.m.

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

6:13 p.m.

Affordable Housing Developments

The consensus of the council was to support an affordable housing development through the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit. The city received proposals for six senior developments and one family development. A resolution of support for the application is part of tonight’s consent agenda.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:14 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended and will resume after the regular meeting.

6:14 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:21 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Two people spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army Capt. Eric A. Allton as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial The 34-year-old Houston native died Sept. 26, 2004, when he was struck by a mortar round in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
  • Nate Tidwell invited the council to join the Red Cross on Saturday, Jan. 20 to promote smoke alarm safety.

6:33 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • A change order of $55,043 to a construction contract with Acklam Construction for additions or modifications related to ADA compliance and other improvements in The Barracks Park.
  • A $486,761 contract with Palasota Contracting for electric conduit bores across TXDOT right-of-ways.
  • The purchase of three police motorcycles for $61,204.50 from The Ranch Harley Davidson, along with an additional one-year extended warranty ($2,754) and the trade-in of three 2015 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycles for $18,000.
  • A contract not to exceed $1.36 million with Palasota Contracting for concrete curb, gutter and flatwork installation to maintain city infrastructure.
  • A change order of $97,584.48 to a contract with Brazos Paving for concrete curb, gutter, and flatwork.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • An inter-local agreement transferring surplus radio equipment from the City of College Station to the Rocky Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
  • The second amendment to the Axon Master Services and Purchase Agreement, increasing the term from five to seven years, increasing the contract value from $706,186.31 to $1,166,698.62, and adding new in-car video camera system hardware, including implementation, warranty, and data storage.

This consent item was pulled for a separate vote:

  • The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution of support for The Huntington at College Station’s application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for a 9 percent housing tax credit.

6:44 p.m.

Science Park Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 70-foot wide street and public utility easement in the Science Park Subdivision to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:46 p.m.

Willow Branch/Oakwood Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 7,086 square-foot portion of a 10-foot wide public utility easement on the Willow Branch and Oakwood school sites.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:58 p.m.

UDO Amendment – Nonconforming Uses

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to provide additional flexibility and leniency on non-conforming uses and structures.

A non-conforming use or structure are properties developed under a previous set of regulations but don’t comply with the Unified Development Ordinance. Allowing for a broader range of modifications can encourage incremental infill and redevelopment, especially on challenging sites.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:00 p.m.

Southside Plaza Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to General Commercial and Natural Areas Protected for 2.26 acres at 4075 State Hwy. 6 South, which is the site of the former Silk Stocking nightclub. The change will allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:05 p.m.

University Heights Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Multi-Family to General Commercial for about 5 acres along Holleman Drive between Paloma Ridge Drive and Kenyon Drive. The change will allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:24 p.m.

Spring Creek Gardens Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Office to Planned Development District for about 1½ acres at 4320 Decatur Dr. The change will allow for the development of a self-storage facility.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:39 p.m.

Annual Comp Plan/UDO Review

After a public hearing, the council accepted the yearly review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:54 p.m.

Citizen Committee Appointments

The council made citizen appointments to represent the city on various boards and committees. We’ll fill in the appointment list after the meeting.

Architectural Advisory Committee: Bradford Brimley and Ward Wells

B-CS Library Committee: Larry Ringer (chair) and Daniel Rudge

Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenways Advisory Board: TBA

Design Review Board: Jesse Durden

Parks & Recreation Board: Michael Bota, Joel Cantrell, Paul Dyson, Megan Fuentes, and Madeline Giroir

Planning & Zoning Commission: Dennis Christiansen, Jane Chair (chair), Casey Oldham, and Elianor Vessali

Zoning Board of Adjustments: Randal Allison (alternate), Sherri Echols, Justin Lopez, Howard Mayne (alternate), and Keith Roberts (chair)

7:54 p.m.

Arts Council Appointment

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Patricia Burchfield to another term on the Arts Council board.

7:55 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, and Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

8:04 p.m.

The workshop has resumed. Mayor Mooney announced that the items regarding the procurement card audit and the neighborhood conservation overlay districts have been moved to the Jan. 25 meeting.

8:25 p.m.

New Police Station Design

The council voted unanimously to approve the final design concept for the new $28 million police facility at the corner or Krenek Tap Road and Dartmouth Street.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:30 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports.

The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 25.

 


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Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) 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 (Dec. 14)

(L-R): Bob Brick, Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, Karl Mooney (mayor), John Nichols, Barry Moore, James Benham.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Dec. 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

Employee Recognition

Earlier this afternoon, the council recognized Sgt. Kevin Harris as the city’s employee of the year along with employees who have reached 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service.

Employee of the Year Kevin Harris and Mayor Karl Mooney

5:26 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken in executive session.

5:40 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Francis Street Rehabilitation: The $3.7 million contract for the rehabilitation of Francis Drive includes pavement from Munson to Glenhaven and Walton to Munson. The project also includes replacing existing sidewalks along with water, wastewater and drainage improvements.
  • University Drive Pedestrian Improvements: The $6 million construction contract is for Phase II of pedestrian safety and mobility improvements along University Drive from College Main to South College Avenue/Bizzell Street. Sidewalks along the north side of University Drive will be widened, median islands will be constructed, and traffic signals will be replaced and will have enhanced pedestrian timings. Also included are illumination improvements and an overlay of asphalt pavement.

5:41 p.m.

Benham Elected Mayor Pro Tem

The council voted unanimously to elect Councilman James Benham to a one-year term as mayor pro tem. Benham will act as mayor if Mayor Karl Mooney is absent or otherwise unable to fulfill his duties.

6:16 p.m.

Planned Development Districts

The council discussed Planned Development Zoning Districts (PDDs) and associated concept plans. The purpose of PDDs is to promote innovative development that’s sensitive to surrounding land uses and to the natural environment. If a proposed development varies from specific standards, it should demonstrate community benefits.

PDDs are appropriate where the land use plan reflects the specific commercial, residential, or mix of uses in the proposal. A PDD may be used to permit new or innovative concepts in land use not permitted by other zoning districts. While greater flexibility is given to allow special conditions or restrictions that wouldn’t otherwise enable the development to occur, procedures are established to ensure against misuse.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:17 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended until after the regular meeting, which will start after a short break.

6:25 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:29 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army Spc. Chad H. Drake as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 23-year-old Garland native died Sept. 7, 2004, when his patrol vehicle came under attack by enemy forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

6:29 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The 2018 Council Calendar.
  • An agreement to purchase eight Zoll Medical X Series Manual Monitors/Defibrillators for $239,228.80 with a three-year extended warranty contract for $20,995.
  • Renewal of four master agreements for real estate appraisal services: Atrium Real
  • Estate Services (not to exceed $30,000), CBRE (not to exceed $30,000); JLL
  • Valuation & Advisory Services (not to exceed $30,000); and S.T. Lovett & Associates (not to exceed $30,000). 
  • Renewal of an annual contract not to exceed $250,000 with DIJ Construction for pavement markings and roadway striping.
  • A bid award not to exceed $286,650 to BPI Materials for cement stabilized material.
  • A $3.7 million contract with Hassell Construction for the Francis Drive Rehabilitation Project.
  • A $243,965 contract with Quality Works Construction for a security fence at the city’s public works facility on William King Cole Dr.
  • A $6 million contract with Larry Young Paving for the University Drive Pedestrian Improvements Project.
  • Authorized the city manager to approve contract documents and expenditures totaling $11.3 million for employee benefits for 2018 and a contract with Cigna for stop-loss reinsurance for 2018.
  • Ratified additional expenditures up to $187,500 to pay current and future invoices under the current contract with Brenco Marketing Corporation for diesel fuel and gasoline. The total annual estimated cost is $1.09 million.
  • Renewal of the annual one-year contract with Brenco Marketing Corporation for gasoline and diesel fuel and the annual estimated expenditures of $1.4 million.
  • Repealed a resolution concerning the administration of the city’s contract forms, delegating authority to the city attorney to administer the forms and providing for a periodic legal compliance review of the forms.
  • Amendments to the city’s Code of Ordinances related to civil parking offenses and civil parking fines.
  • A five-year inter-local agreement establishing the Community Emergency Operations Center staffed by Brazos County, College Station, Bryan, and Texas A&M and contracting for equal sharing of facility rental costs, which comes to  $340,695.90 for the City of College Station over five years.
  • The city internal auditor’s Examination Engagement of the Research Valley Partnership.
  • A bid award of $112,037.50 to Midsun Group for electric substation wildlife protection equipment to reduce substation outages.
  • Partial assignment of the Infrastructure and Economic Development Agreement with College Station Town Center.
  • A change order to increase a design contract by $33,925 with Pierce Goodwin Alexender & Linville for renovations to the Arts Council building located on Dartmouth Drive. The increase allows for civil engineering services provided by Kimley-Horn and Associates.

6:41 p.m.

Medical District Sewer Line

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to establish a 30-foot wide public utility easement on parkland and greenway property in the Medical District area that’s needed for the development of College Station Town Center and other parts of the city.

The route on parkland and greenway property is the only one feasible since it’s located directly between the developer’s property and the sewer trunk line along William D. Fitch Parkway. The easement is not expected to have any negative impact, and the site will be restored to its original condition, including the hike and bike path.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:48 p.m.

Jackson Hole Planned Development District

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning district boundaries to Planned Development District for about 2.2 acres at 3747 Rock Prairie Road West. The change to the concept plan’s preserve area mitigates unpermitted clearing that took place on the property, and a supplemental landscape plan provides for additional plantings.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:51 p.m.

Land Use Change on State Highway 47

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Business Park to Urban for about 11 acres east of the intersection of State Highway 47 and Raymond Stotzer Parkway. Councilman Bob Brick and Councilwoman Linda Harvell voted against the motion.

The change will allow for development that includes multi-family and other uses.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:58 p.m.

Rezoning on State Highway 47

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the zoning from Planned Development District (PDD) to Rural and PDD for about 11 acres east of the intersection of State Highway 47 and Raymond Stotzer Parkway. Brick and Harvell voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:11 p.m.

Preliminary Plan Approval Process

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to streamline the development review process by allowing preliminary plans to be approved administratively unless the applicant is seeking a waiver or discretionary item.

In August, city staff hosted two public meetings to solicit feedback on proposed changes to the UDO, including preliminary plans. In September, staff briefed the Planning & Zoning Commission on the results of the public meetings and was directed to move forward with the changes to the ordinance.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:20 p.m.

Board and Committee Appointments

The council discussed the appointment of council members to represent the city on joint committees and with other governmental agencies and community groups. The council will consider citizen appointments in January.

8:22 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

8:22 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop will resume.

9:05 p.m.

Privatizing Solid Waste Services

The council discussed the pros and cons of privatizing the city’s solid waste services. The consensus was to continue the discussion at the annual council retreat in early 2018.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:08 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports.

The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) 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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Our community needs YOU on a citizen committee

“Civic responsibility means taking a healthy role in the life of one’s community.”
Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn

By Lacey Lively, Marketing Manager

If you’re a typical, civic-minded resident of College Station, you vote on Election Day, write an occasional letter to the editor, and may even attend a city council meeting or two.

You may also wonder how to become more directly involved in local government decisions that determine the kind of community in which we live.

Here’s your chance.

You can make a genuine and meaningful difference by volunteering to serve on a city board, committee or commission. The primary qualifications are that you live in College Station and are a registered voter.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The city council will make appointments at its Jan. 11 meeting.

For complete details and an application, visit cstx.gov/committees. Here’s a quick look at the committees that need your help:

ARCHITECTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Architectural Advisory Committee provides recommendations on the scope and design of new municipal facilities. The committee bases its recommendations on architectural themes, community compatibilities, aesthetics and site use.

B/CS LIBRARY COMMITTEE: The library committee encourages development, recommends policies and programs, and coordinates with other public and private groups for the advancement of the Bryan/College Station Library System.

BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN & GREENWAYS ADVISORY BOARD: The Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Board advises the city council, planning and zoning commission, and other appointed boards and commissions on matters concerning biking, walking, and greenways.

CONSTRUCTION BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS: The Construction Board of Adjustments hears appeals of decisions, considers interpretations of the building official, and considers variances to the terms of technical codes.

DESIGN REVIEW BOARD: The Design Review Board hears and takes action on design district site plans and concept plans for Planned Development Districts and Planned Mixed-Use Districts, as well as other duties. Some specialized skills are necessary.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE: The Historic Preservation Committee helps collect and preserve College Station’s history, provides educational opportunities, and designates historical areas. The board carries out other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the city council.

JOINT RELIEF FUNDING COMMITTEE: The Joint Relief Funding Committee reviews funding requests from charitable or other public or private assistance-type agencies and makes appropriate recommendations.

PARKS & RECREATION BOARD: The Parks & Recreation Board advises the council on the establishment, maintenance, and operations of city parks and recreation programs. The board carries out other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION: The Planning & Zoning Commission is a review body that recommends changes in development codes and zoning ordinances and has final authority over submitted plats. The commission also studies and makes recommendations about proposed annexations.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS: The Zoning Board of Adjustments hears and decides appeals of zoning interpretations, special exceptions, and variances, as well as use permits and other duties.

We have abundant opportunities for you to make a difference in our community’s quality of life by serving on a board, committee or commission. With your help, we can continue to make College Station one of the nation’s best places to live, work and play.

 


About the Blogger

Lacey Lively has been with the City of College Station’s Public Communications Office since 2011. She previously worked as an internet marketing consultant for the Bryan-College Station Eagle and as a web designer. A native of Beaumont, Lacey earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and communications from Texas A&M in 2009.


 

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