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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Roadway Impact Fees: In the workshop, the council will discuss the recently adopted roadway impact fees and provide additional direction to city staff.
  2. Spring Creek Local Government Corporation: The council will also have a workshop discussion about forming a non-profit government corporation to promote economic development anchored by the Spring Creek Corporate Campus, College Station’s next business park. The effort was recommended for approval by the council’s Economic Development Committee in December.
  3. Southside Safety Improvements: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $359,000 contract for design and construction phase services related to street safety improvements along Park Place, Holik, Glade and Anna Streets near Oakwood Intermediate School and A&M Consolidated Middle School.
  4. Pooh’s Park Rezoning: After public hearings, the council will consider a request to change the land use and zoning designations for about six acres southwest of the intersection of Holleman Drive East and Lassie Lane in the Pooh’s Park Subdivision. The changes would accommodate a multi-family infill development.
  5. Board and Committee Appointments: The council will consider appointments to the BioCorridor Board and various city boards and commissions.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 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. 8)

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. 8. It’s not the official minutes.

The final council meeting of 2016 is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

Woolwine Named City Employee of the Year

Earlier this afternoon, the council recognized Recycling & Environmental Compliance Manager Heather Woolwine as the city’s employee of the year. Woolwine’s year was highlighted by transitioning the city from a curbside sort-and-bag recycling system to a single-stream recycling program.

Other nominees for the award were also honored, along with employees receiving 20, 25, 30 and 35-year service awards. Woolwine is pictured below with Mayor Karl Mooney and City Manager Kelly Templin.

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6:09 p.m.

The workshop has started.

Coming out of executive session, the council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to settle the dispute involving contracts with N. Harris Computer Corporation related to the city’s Enterprise Resource Planning System. The City of College Station will receive a payment no less than $260,000.

6:11 p.m.

Schultz Elected Mayor Pro Tem

By a 5-2 vote, the council elected Councilwoman Julie Schultz for a one-year term as mayor pro tempore to act as mayor during times when the mayor may be absent or disabled. Councilwomen Blanche Brick and Linda Harvell voted against the motion.

6:19 p.m.

Water Demand Forecasting Audit

The council reviewed the city internal auditor’s Water Demand Forecasting Audit. The audit found the city’s existing forecasting methods have been sufficient but as the city grows and diversifies, risks may become more apparent. The auditor said the city could benefit from more complex in-house water demand forecasting approaches that allow for more thorough analysis.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:38 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:

  • Neighborhood Sidewalk Projects: The $203,269 contract with Palomares Construction is for sidewalks on the west side of Eisenhower Street, the south side of Live Oak Street, the north side of San Saba Drive, and an ADA accessible sidewalk on the south side of Cross Street. The projects will be funded by federal Community Development Block Grants.
  • LED Street Lights: The $2.6 million contract with Seimens Industries will replace the city’s 5,500 street lights with more efficient LED (light emitting diode) fixtures. When the city installed the state’s first street light monitoring system in 2009, it used high-quality bulbs with a plan to investigate LED replacement options when the bulbs’ six-year warranty expired. College Station Utilities estimates a 7-8 year payback on the new system, which should have a 30-year life expectancy.
  • Employee Benefit Expenditures: Total benefit expenditures for 969 city employees, retirees and COBRA participants in 2017 is expected to be about $11.23 million. This represents a cost of about $965 per employee each month, or $11,580 per employee each year. Benefits include Blue Cross Blue Shield (medical, dental, prescription, stop-loss coverage), vision insurance, basic life, accidental death & dismemberment, short-term disability, long-term disability, critical illness/accident insurance, and the employee assistance program.
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses: The not-to-exceed $956,480 contract with Casco Industries is for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment for the fire department. The department’s existing SCBA packs are 1999, 2002, and 2007 editions. Manufacturer support and service for the older packs is limited and in some cases obsolete. The National Fire Protection Association mandates that air bottles have a 15-year life span, and more than half of the city’s bottles will be out of service in 2017. The purchase will bring the department into compliance with the NFPA standard.
  • Electronic Credit Card Contract: The $85,000 monthly contract with OpenEdge is for banking fees and service charges related to electronic credit card processing and merchant account services.

7:00 p.m.

Wastewater Master Plan Update

The council reviewed a recent update to the city’s Wastewater Master Plan, including population and demographic projections, demand forecasts, an analysis of the collection system, the strategy for expanding the treatment plants, and the capital improvement plan.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:01 p.m.

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

7:13 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:17 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda. Ben Roper recognized Marine Lance Cpl. Michael B. Wafford as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 20-year-old Spring native died April 8, 2004, from injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

7:18 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $203,469 contract with Palomares Construction for sidewalk improvements along Eisenhower, Live Oak, Cross Street, and San Saba.
  • A $2.56 million contract with Siemens Industries for converting street lighting to LED light fixtures.
  • Renewal of an inter-local agreement with BVSWMA for continued city sponsorship of BVSWMA, Inc. as an Associate Member of the Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications Service.
  • Renewal of an inter-local agreement with BVSWMA for communications services provided by the city.
  • $11.23 million for employee benefits for 2017 and the rejection of a request for proposal for stop-loss reinsurance.
  • A purchase not-to-exceed $956,480.73 for self-contained breathing apparatus equipment from Casco Industries.
  • Renewal of a month-to-month agreement with estimated banking fees and service charges not exceeding $85,000 monthly with OpenEdge for electronic credit card processing and merchant account services.
  • Renewal of four master agreements for real estate appraisal services: Atrium Real Estate Services, CBRE, Inc., Integra Realty Resources – Austin, and S.T. Lovett & Associates.
  • A $197,720 contract with H2O Partners for pavement and right-of-way data collection.
  • A $250,000 contract with DIJ Construction for the installation of roadway markings.
  • A $651,644.50 contract with Palasota Contracting the construction of the Well Field Collection System Loop Project.
  • The 2017 Council Calendar.
  • The first renewal of the annual blanket order with Techline for pad-mounted 15 kV solid dielectric switch gears.

 7:22 p.m.

Falcon Point Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 355-square-foot portion of a public utility easement at 1915 Dartmouth Street to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:24 p.m.

Fee Conflict Ordinance

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance resolving fee conflicts in the city’s Code of Ordinances.

In October, the council approved a resolution adjusting application and permit fees for Planning & Development Services and consolidated fees into Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances. The resolution had a delayed effective date of Jan. 1 and included fees that were embedded in other sections of the Code of Ordinances, creating temporary conflicts. The ordinance amends the applicable sections to remove the respective fee and states, “Fees shall be as established from time-to-time by resolution of the city council.”

9:35 p.m.

Land Use Change on Corsair Circle

After a public hearing, the council voted 4-3 to change the land use designation from Suburban Commercial to General Commercial for about two acres on Corsair Circle just north of Pavilion Avenue. Brick, Harvell, and Mooney voted against the motion. The change will allow for the possible development of a hotel. 

In the public hearing, 20 people spoke against the change, and three submitted written comments.

An earlier motion by Councilwoman Brick to postpone the item to failed by a 4-3 vote. Brick, Harvell, and Mooney supported the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:53 p.m.

Corsair Circle Rezoning

The council has been conducting a public hearing on the rezoning of the Corsair Circle property. The hearing will resume after a short break.

10:00 p.m.

The regular meeting has resumed.

10:20 p.m.

Corsair Circle Rezoning (continued)

After a public hearing, the council voted 4-3 to change the zoning from Light Industrial to General Commercial for about two acres on Corsair Circle just north of Pavilion Avenue. Brick, Harvell, and Mooney voted against the motion. The change will allow the development of a hotel.

In the public hearing, 10 people spoke against the change, and one submitted a written comment.

An earlier motion by Councilwoman Brick to postpone the item for three months failed by a 4-3 vote. Brick, Harvell, and Mooney supported the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:40 p.m.

Sebesta Road Land Use Change

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Suburban Commercial to General Commercial for about 18 acres at 1370 Sebesta Rd. along State Highway 6. Brick and Harvell voted against the motion. The change will allow for the development of an automobile dealership and other commercial uses.

In the public hearing, 11 people spoke against the change, two supported it, one proposed a planned development district, and one submitted a written comment.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:47 p.m.

Sebesta Road Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the zoning from General Suburban, Rural and Research & Development to General Commercial for about 18 acres at 1370 Sebesta Road along State Highway 6.Brick and Harvell voted against the motion.The change will allow for the development of an automobile dealership and other commercial uses.

In the public hearing, two people spoke against the change, and two submitted written comments.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:49 p.m.

Committee and Board Appointments

The council voted unanimously to approve these appointments to various boards and commissions:

  • Arts Council of the Brazos Valley: Linda Harvell replaces former councilman Steve Aldrich.
  • BioCorridor Board: James Benham replaces former councilman Steve Aldrich.
  • Blinn College Brazos County Advisory Committee: Karl Mooney replaces former mayor Nancy Berry.
  • Brazos County Health Department: Linda Harvell replaces former councilman John Nichols.
  • Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau: Jerome Rektorik replaces former councilman John Nichols.

11:50 p.m.

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

12:01 p.m.

The council has gone into executive session and will complete the workshop agenda afterward.  Since all that remains are discussions about the council calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports, your loyal blogger is calling it a night.

The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 12.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also been 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: Monday’s city council meetings (Nov. 21)

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. 21. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is also available on the website.

6:00 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilwoman Julie Schultz is absent tonight.

6:02 p.m.

Canvassing of Election Returns

The council canvassed the Nov. 8 election returns and declared the results. Karl Mooney is elected mayor and Jerome Rektorik, Linda Harvell and Barry Moore are elected to the city council.

6:07 p.m.

Oaths of Office for New Mayor, Council Members

Karl Mooney took the oath of office as College Station’s 15th mayor and Barry Moore, Jerome Rektorik and Linda Harvell were sworn in as council members. We’ll post photos here later.

6:28 p.m.

Welcome and Farewell

A short reception welcomed the new council members and bid thanks and farewell to outgoing Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilmen Steve Aldrich and John Nichols. New Mayor Karl Mooney proclaimed today “Nancy Berry Day” in honor of her 6 1/2 years in office. We’ll post photos here later.

The meeting will resume shortly.

6:56 p.m.

The workshop will resume.

6:59 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:

  • School Resource Officers: The inter-local agreement establishes the Police Department’s intent to provide school resource officer services to the College Station Independent School District through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

7:03 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. 

7:03 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:10 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Ben Roper recognized Army Sgt. Gerardo Moreno as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 20-year-old Orange native died April 5, 2004, from injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Christopher Gold asked the council to provide adequate funding for the city’s greenways and to improve accessibility to pathways.

7:11 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $530,177 contract with Halff Associates for engineering services related to the Capstone & Barron Alignment project.
  • An inter-local agreement with the College Station Independent School District regarding school resource officers.
  • Renewal of an annual one-year contract estimated at $900,000 with Brenco Marketing Corporation for gasoline and diesel fuel.
  • A $580,400 contract for replacement screw lift pumps at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A contract not to exceed $907,200 with Brazos Paving for concrete curb, gutter and flatwork installation.
  • A license agreement with Pitman Custom Homes allowing a small encroachment into a public utility easement in the Creek Meadows Subdivision.

Item 2d was pulled from tonight’s consent agenda and will return at a later date. It was a $203,469 contract for sidewalk improvements along Eisenhower Street, Live Oak Street, Cross Street, and San Saba Drive.

7:27 p.m.

Comp Plan, UDO review

After a public hearing, the council accepted the annual review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance. The review is part of a continuing effort to keep the documents current and relevant.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:29 p.m.

Caprock Crossing Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the abandonment of a 0.76-acre portion of a 50-foot wide public access easement near Old Arrington Road in the Caprock Crossing area. The abandonment allows future development of the property.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:39 p.m.

Committee Appointments

Ty Elliott, Internal Auditor, provided information on a proposed change to the Audit Committee. The council voted 6-0 to change the make-up of the committee to include three councilmembers and two accounting or audit professionals as non-voting members.  

Here’s his PowerPoint presentation:

7:40 p.m.

The council has gone into executive session.

8:25 p.m.

After the executive session, the council made the following committee appointments:

  • Brazos Valley CEOC Policy Advisory Board: Karl Mooney
  • BVCOG Board of Directors: Karl Mooney
  • BVCOG Intergovernmental Committee: Karl Mooney, Blanche Brick
  • BVSWMA: John Nichols, Karl Mooney, Richard Floyd
  • BVWACS: James Benham
  • Brazos Valley MPO: Karl Mooney, Blanche Brick
  • Regional Transportation Committee for Council of Governments: Blanche Brick
  • Research Valley Partnership: Karl Mooney, Julie Schultz, Jim Jett

Internal Committees:

  • Audit: Jerome Rektorik, Linda Harvell, Karl Mooney (chair)
  • Budget and Finance: Karl Mooney, Barry Moore, James Benham
  • Compensation and Benefits: Jerome Rektorik, Blanche Brick, Karl Mooney
  • Economic Development: Karl Mooney, James Benham, Julie Schultz
  • Transportation and Mobility: Karl Mooney, Linda Harvell, Blanche Brick (chair)

8:29 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem Vote Delayed

The council decided to delay the election of a mayor pro tempore until Councilwoman Julie Schultz returns for the next meeting. The mayor pro tem acts as mayor during the mayor’s disability or absence.

8:29 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Dec. 8.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also been 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 (August 11)

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:20 p.m.

The workshop has started. Council members Julie Schultz and James Benham are out of town and are participating via teleconference.

6:39 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:

  • Roadway Improvements: The council will consider two contracts for engineering, survey and design services related to the widening of Rock Prairie Road West and capacity improvements to FM 2818.
  • Lincoln Recreation Center Expansion: The project includes a new 15,355-square foot multi-purpose facility with a gymnasium, multiple activity rooms, and support spaces. Once the new addition is complete, the existing facility will also be renovated. The $3.37 million contract includes three bid alternates for building a walkway cover, repairing the existing storage building and leveling the existing gymnasium.

  • Rejection of Underground Cable Bids: The Electric Department has decided not to bid this project for the third time. This work will be completed using existing contracts for various electric construction and maintenance needs and through in-house labor.

6:59 p.m.

FY17 Proposed City Budget

The council got its first look at the city’s proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council will review the budget in a three-day series of in-depth workshops starting Monday, with final adoption of the budget and tax rate set for Sept. 22. A public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for Aug. 31, followed by a public hearing on the tax rate and budget on Sept. 8.

Click here to read a more detailed blog post about the budget proposal.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:05 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:06 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:23 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Ben Roper recognized Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 21-year-old Houston native died March 26, 2004, due to hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Another citizen informed the council about a dangerous intersection.

7:24 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda, except for item 2i (setting water/wastewater impact fees public hearing dates):

  • A contract with Elder-Aid, Inc. for a $200,000 grant of federal HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Set-Aside funds for the acquisition and rehabilitation of two existing dwelling units to be used as affordable rental housing for income-eligible elderly households.
  • A $571,102.50 Contract with Binkley and Barfield for engineering and surveying services associated with the FM 2818 Capacity Improvements Design Project.
  • A $152,500 contract with Jones & Carter for the final design and construction phase services for the Lick Creek Generator Replacement Project.
  • A $3.37 million contract with JaCody Construction for renovations to the existing facility and construction of a new multi-purpose building for the Lincoln Recreation Center.
  • A $650,326 contract with Binkley & Barfield for professional engineering services related to the design of the Rock Prairie Road West Widening Project.
  • A $51,600 bid award to Techline for the purchase of distribution line sensors.
  • The rejection bids for the University Drive Underground Cable Installation Project.
  • The second renewal of an annual blanket order not to exceed $140,000 for copy and printing services with Alphagraphics ($80,000), Copy Corner ($40,000), and Office Depot ($20,000).
  • Renewal of a $525,996 annual purchase award with Techline for electric distribution poles.
  • A $64,515.85 annual bid award to Greenville Transformer Company for transformer repair and rebuild services.
  • Called a public hearing on the City of College Station’s FY17 Proposed Budget for Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
  • A $149,049 contract with Hahn Equipment Company for the replacement of the Lick Creek Raw Lift Pumps and Variable Frequency Drives.
  • An amendment to the FY16 funding agreement with the Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau to allow for the repayment of $30,000 related to the acquisition of a site for a visitor information center. The original agreement allowed for reimbursement of legal and architect fees associated with a new joint facility with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley in the same amount.

7:38 p.m.

Land Use at 8607 Rock Prairie Rd.

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Estate and Suburban Commercial to Restricted Suburban for about 16 acres at 8607 Rock Prairie Road to allow for development. Councilwoman Schultz recused herself from voting because of a conflict of interest.

The property is located north of Rock Prairie and west of Fitch Parkway.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:42 p.m.

Right-of-Way Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon part of a right-of-way at 600 First St. to accommodate redevelopment in the Northgate area.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:50 p.m.

Traffic Impact Analyses

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to remove the single-family residential development exemption from the Traffic Impact Analysis rules. The change requires a traffic impact analysis be included with a preliminary plan application where applicable.

The original ordinance provided an exemption for Northgate zoning districts and single-family zoning districts. In 2009, the Comprehensive Plan called for the requirement for traffic impact analyses to be extended to single-family developments. As part of the Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Evaluation & Appraisal Report, the recommendation was made to require traffic impact analyses for single-family residential development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:54 p.m.

Wireless Devices and Distracted Driving

The council voted 6-1 to amend the city’s traffic code to restrict the use of wireless communications devices such as cell phones while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle. Exceptions include the use of a hands-free device and while at a complete stop. Councilman James Benham voted against the motion.

An earlier motion to add a 90-day education period to the amendment passed 6-1, with Benham voting no. The ordinance takes effect in 90 days.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:57 p.m.

Board Appointments 

The council voted unanimously for these board appointments:

  • Historic Preservation Committee: Anat Geva.
  • Parks and Recreation Board: Megan Fuentes.

8:57 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, August 25.


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 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 (July 28)

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

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:40 p.m.

The workshop has started. Place 3 Councilman Karl Mooney is absent tonight. Place 6 Councilman James Benham is participating by teleconference.

6:04 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:

  • Bowell Street: The proposed ordinance would make Boswell Street a one-way a street at all times by removing the time-of-day restriction, which makes it difficult for residents along Boswell to obey the state traffic code. Thirteen parents, residents and property owners attended a public meeting on July 6, and all preferred one-way traffic with zero parking restrictions as opposed to two-way operation with parking restrictions during parent pick-up and drop-off times at South Knoll Elementary School.
  • Roadway Impact Fees: The resolution would set Sept. 8 as the second public hearing date regarding the possible imposition of roadway impact fees on new development. The consensus of the council was to delay the item.

6:57 p.m.

Qualifications for Boards and Commissions

The council discussed ways to expand the candidate pool for appointments to the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Advisory Board, Design Review Board, and Landmark Commission. These boards have specialized criteria that sometimes makes it difficult to fill vacancies.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

7:00 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:10 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:16 p.m.

Bryan Rotary Business Performance Awards

The council recognized the 2016 winners of the Bryan Rotary 10 Business Performance Awards, which were presented last month to the area’s 10 fastest-growing, privately owned small businesses. Winners of the Lifetime Business Achievement and Research Valley Commercialization Rising Star awards also were honored. We’ll add a photo here later.

7:18 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The resolutions setting public hearings on Sept. 8 regarding roadway, water and wastewater impact fees was pulled from tonight’s consent agenda and will be revisited at a later date.

The council voted unanimously to approve the rest of the consent agenda:

  • The FY17 Community Development Budget and PY16 Annual Action Plan to be submitted to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • A $159,200 bid award to Wesco Distribution ($94,260) and Hitachi HVB ($64,940) for electrical substation equipment.
  • An ordinance amendment making Boswell Street a one-way street all the time.
  • A $1.38 million contract with Freese and Nichols for the design and construction phase services for Phases I and II of the Lick Creek Parallel Trunk Line Project.
  • A bid award not to exceed $1.82 million to Knife River ($1.4 million) and Brazos Paving ($427,000) for an annual blanket order for Type D hot mix asphalt for the maintenance of streets.
  • A $326,905 contract with Restocon Corporation for concrete and masonry repairs to the Northgate Parking Garage.
  • An ordinance amendment removing stopping, standing, and parking along Langford Street and Boswell Street near South Knoll Elementary School.
  • An annual water meter contract for a maximum of $463,000 with National Meter & Automation.
  • An $82,291 contract with Smith Pump Company for the rehabilitation of Transfer Pump No. 3.
  • The first renewal of the annual price agreement not to exceed $65,000 with ProSTAR Industries for janitorial supplies.
  • An ordinance authorizing a general and special election on Nov. 8 to elect a mayor and Place 2 city councilmember, and fill a vacancy for the remaining two years of the unexpired term for Place 4 and the remaining one year for Place 3.

The council unanimously approved a motion  by Councilwoman Blanche Brick that the roadway impact fees public hearing be held no later than Nov. 10.

The council also unanimously approved a motion  by Councilwoman Brick that the water and wastewater impact fees public hearing be held no later than Sept. 22.

7:26p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Ben Roper recognized Marine Pfc. Ricky A. Morris, Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 20-year-old Lubbock native died March 18, 2004, as a result of enemy action in Al Qaim, Iraq.
  • Safia Naqi spoke about the poor maintenance of a private alley that serves residents who live in townhomes north of Southwest Parkway, facing Welsh Avenue and Leona Drive.
  • Dorothy Kirkland also spoke about the alley.

7:35 p.m.

FY16 Budget Amendment No. 2

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve Budget Amendment No. 2, which amends the FY16 budget by $628,873 and includes interdepartmental contingency transfers of $378,266. For items included in the amendment, see pages 187-189 of the regular meeting packet.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

7:43 p.m.

5068 Stotzer Parkway Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-0-1 to approve a request to change the zoning district boundaries from Rural to Planned Development District for about six acres at 5068 Raymond Stotzer Parkway to allow for the development of a mixed-use office complex. Councilwoman Julie Schultz recused herself from the vote because of a conflict of interest.

The property is located at the southeast corner of the Stotzer Parkway and HSC Parkway.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

7:56 p.m.

Wellborn Zoning Districts

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance in regard to the creation of the Wellborn Estate, Wellborn Restricted Suburban, and Wellborn Commercial zoning districts under the Wellborn Community Plan.

Adopted in 2009, The Wellborn Community Plan identifies 10 future land use and character designations and calls for the creation of zoning districts that align with the plan’s objectives. The two new residential districts and one new commercial district will only be permitted in the Wellborn Community Plan Area.

The new districts were developed from feedback received from community members along with the Wellborn Community Plan:

  • Wellborn Estate: This designation is generally for areas that, due to public service limitations or a prevailing rural character, should have limited development activity. These areas will tend to consist of low-density single-family residential lots of two acres or more but may be one acre if clustered around undeveloped open space.
  • Wellborn Restricted Suburban: This district is generally for areas that should have a moderate level of development activity. These areas will tend to consist of medium-density single-family residential lots (minimum 20,000 square feet) and may be clustered for reduced lot sizes (minimum 8,000 square feet). When using the cluster option, open space should be provided so density is not increased. Such open space should be in addition to a minimum open space requirement of 15 percent of the developing area.
  • Wellborn Commercial: This district is generally for concentrations of commercial activities that focus primarily on nearby residents. Such uses will be limited in size and not accommodate for drive-thru services. Specific design elements should be incorporated into such developments to limit the visual impact and enhance the community’s defined character.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

7:58 p.m.

Wellborn Zoning District Animal Control 

The council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Code of Ordinances to allow domestic livestock, fowl, and rabbits without a permit in the newly-created Wellborn Estate zoning district.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

 

8:01 p.m.

Design Review Board Appointments 

The council voted unanimously for two appointments to the Design Review Board.

8:01 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, August 11.

 


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 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 (April 28)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:17 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman James Benham is absent tonight but is participating via teleconference.

6:26 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:

  • Gateway Monument: The council is considering a gateway monument agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to allow the city to construct and maintain a gateway monument in the northwest quadrant of the State Highway 6 and University Drive intersection. The monument will be within TXDoT right-of-way and visible to southbound traffic along State Highway 6. Here’s a conceptual rendering:

Gateway Sign 1

  • Weapons, Ammunition, Body Armor: During the FY16 budget process, approval was given to replace the Police Department’s rifles and shotguns that were in disrepair. BuyBoard and Texas Procurement and Support Services are purchasing cooperatives for public agencies. Products and services available for purchase through their contracts have been competitively bid and awarded. The total cost is $89,533.98, including $29,077.75 for ammunition, $8,127.10 for body armor for two new tactical team members, and $52,329.13 for the replacement of rifles and shotguns.

6:37 p.m.

Council Strategic Plan Update

The council discussed updates to its 2016 Strategic Plan.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:47 p.m.

Big Event Review

The council reviewed Texas A&M’s recent Big Event community service effort.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

6:58 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:07 p.m.

The regular meeting has started. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the council observed a moment of silence to commemorate the third anniversary of the passing of City Manager Frank Simpson.

7:11 p.m.

Travel and Tourism Week

Mayor Nancy Berry joined with Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski in proclaiming May 1-7 as Bryan-College Station Travel and Tourism Week to recognize the social, economic and cultural impact of travel and tourism on our city, state, and nation.

Pictured below with the mayor are (l-r) Cynthia Brown, Sophie Curtis. Kindra Fry, and Dominique Powell of the B-CS Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

CVBPresentation

7:14 p.m.

International Firefighters Day

The mayor proclaimed May 4 as International Firefighter’s Day in honor of the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are safe.

Pictured below are (front row, l-r): Councilwoman Blanche Brick, Pete Moongian, Mayor Berry, Chief Eric Hurt, Lt. Chad Phillips, and Andrew Kincell; (back row, l-r): Bert Kretzschmar, Councilman Steve Aldrich, Councilman John Nichols,  Joshua Moore, Assistant Chief Joe Warren, Derek Gallion, Battalion Chief Greg Rodgers, Fire Marshal Eric Dotson, Councilwoman Julie Schultz and Councilman Karl Mooney.

FirefightersWeek

7:18 p.m.

Internal Auditor Earns National Award

The mayor recognized the city’s Internal Auditor’s Office for receiving the 2015 Exemplary Knighton Award for its 2015 Streets Maintenance Audit

Pictured below (l-r) are Councilman Aldrich, Mary Margret Mason, Councilman Mooney, City Auditor Ty Elliott, Councilwoman Brick, Madison Rorschach, Councilwoman Schultz, Mayor Berry and Councilman Nichols.

AuditAwardPresentation

7:24 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Ben Roper recognized Army Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 36-year-old Fort Worth native died Jan. 18, 2004, when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle, south of Samarra, Iraq.
  • Another citizen spoke against the state’s open carry laws.

7:25 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A gateway monument agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to allow the City of College Station to construct and maintain a Gateway Monument northeast of the intersection of State Highway 6 and University Drive.
  • The Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System’s FY17 operating budget and the city’s annual payment of $175,540.19, and BVWACS’s FY17 capital equipment replacement reserve fund budget and the city’s annual payment of $96,612.65.
  • The not-to-exceed $89,533.98 purchase of weapons, ammunition and body armor from GT Distributors through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative and Texas Procurement and Support Services.
  • A $797,783 contract with Green Teams and a $147,735 contract with Grassmasters for landscape maintenance.
  • A closeout payment of $194,520.93 for the 2012 Advance Funding Agreement with the State of Texas for the Rock Prairie Road Bridge Improvements.
  • An annual $61,965 agreement with Texas A&M for Fitlife testing for firefighters.

8:11 p.m.

604 Tarrow St. Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve a request to change the zoning from Light Commercial to General Suburban to allow for the construction of a single-family home at 604 Tarrow St. Councilwoman Brick voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:16 p.m.

14941 Wellborn Rd. Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Suburban Commercial for a small tract north of the Wellborn Road-Green Prairie Road intersection to allow for office space.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:20 p.m.

Wellborn Settlement Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Suburban Commercial for about three acres between Wellborn Road and Royder Road to allow low-density commercial uses to cater to nearby residents.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:23 p.m.

209 University Drive East Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Office to General Commercial for at small tract at the northwest corner of the University Drive-Eisenhower Street intersection to allow a restaurant.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:30 p.m.

801 Wellborn Road Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from General Commercial/General Suburban to Planned Development District for about 4.25 acres at the southeast corner of the Wellborn Road-Luther Street intersection. The planned development includes multi-family housing with a commercial restaurant.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:32 p.m.

Right-of-Way Abandonment at 600 Maryem St.

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 15-foot wide alley right-of-way at 600 Maryem St. to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:34 p.m.

Electrical Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 20-foot wide electrical easement at 801 Wellborn Rd. to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:36 p.m.

Sanitary Sewer Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 12-foot wide sanitary sewer easement at 801 Wellborn Rd. to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:43 p.m.

Strategic Partnership with MUD No. 1

The council conducted the first of two public hearings required before approving the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Brazos County MUD No. 1. The second public hearing is scheduled for the May 16 council meeting.

The agreement outlines the terms and conditions for annexing Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 1. The district encompasses the property where the Texas World Speedway is located.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

9:04 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Amendments

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan that were recommended by the Annexation Task Force, which was created in 2015 to update the timing, priorities, and phasing of annexations.

The changes are intended to establish the necessary policy guidance and associated strategies to maintain the city’s growth in a sensible, predictable, and fiscally responsible manner.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

9:06 p.m.

Corrections to IFC Amendments

After a public hearing, the council unanimously adopted corrections to the 2015 International Fire Codes.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

9:08 p.m.

Appointment to Zoning Board of Adjustments

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Scott Simpson as chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

9:08 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, May 12.


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 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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