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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Nov. 12)

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

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Nov. 12. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 972 2077 4495. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

4:00 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

4:07 p.m.

Canvassing Election Returns

The council unanimously accepted the canvassing returns and declared the Nov. 3 general election results for Places 1, 3, and 5 on the city council and the special runoff election for Place 4.

4:12 p.m.

City Council Oaths of Office

Council members Elizabeth Cunha, Linda Harvell and Bob Brick were sworn into office by Municipal Court Presiding Judge Ed Spillane. 

4:13 p.m.

City Council Reception

The workshop was suspended for a reception for the new council members.

6:10 p.m.

The workshop has resumed. No action was taken from executive session.

6:24 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

These items from tonight’s consent agenda were pulled for workshop discussion:

  • Runoff Election: The council will order a runoff election on Dec. 15 between John Nichols and Craig Regan for Place 5 on the city council.

  • Brazos Valley Trash Valet and Recycling: The proposed agreement would allow Brazos Valley Trash Valet and Recycling to collect recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations. The company will be responsible for developing on-site collection of recyclables that won’t interfere with the collection of municipal solid waste.

6:30 p.m.

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

6:35 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:38 p.m.

BCS Marathon Month

The mayor proclaimed Dec. 13 as BCS Marathon Day.

6:40 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

6:43 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • A three-year inter-local agreement for $926,000 with Brazos County and the City of Bryan for College Station and Bryan to provide emergency medical ambulance services to Brazos County.
  • A change order reducing the contract by $95,286.43 for the Graham Road Substation.
  • The renewal of an annual price agreement not to exceed $912,608 with Techline for the purchase of electric distribution poles.
  • An advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the widening of Wellborn Road from Fitch Parkway to Greens Prairie Road. The project isn’t expected to start until at least 2026.
  • A change order deducting $116,980 from the contract with Garney Construction for the Water Well No. 9 project.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Trash Valet and Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.

This item was pulled for a separate vote:

  • The council voted unanimously to ordered a runoff election on Dec. 15 for Place 5 on the city council. The voting centers will be at the CSU Meeting and Training Facility and the Meyer Senior and Community Center. 

6:53 p.m.

Town Lake Drive Property Exchange

The council voted unanimously to approve the exchange of one-acre of city property with one acre belonging to an adjoining property owner along the State Highway 6 northbound frontage road north of Barron Road for the future alignment of Town Lake Drive. A street connection north of the existing city property, aligned with Town Lake (formerly Bird Pond Road), provides the safest and most efficient offset to Barron Road.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:58 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Monday, Nov. 23.

 


About the Blogger

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


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

The meetings will be streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter meeting number 972 2077 4495. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

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

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Canvassing Election Returns: The council will canvass returns and declare the Nov. 3 general election results for Places 1, 3, and 5 on the city council and the special runoff election for Place 4. 
  2. Council Oaths of Office, Reception: The newly elected council members will be sworn into office, followed by a short reception.
  3. Runoff Election: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider ordering a runoff election on Dec. 15 between John Nichols and Craig Regan for Place 5 on the city council. 
  4. Wellborn Road Widening: Another consent agenda item is an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for preliminary engineering work for the Fitch Parkway-Wellborn Road Interchange Feasibility Study. The project’s scope includes the city’s preliminary design for the widening of Wellborn Road from Fitch to Greens Prairie Road, which isn’t expected to start until at least 2026.
  5. Town Lake Property Exchange: In the regular meeting, the council will consider exchanging one-acre tracts with an adjoining property owner along the State Highway 6 northbound frontage road north of Barron Road. A street connection north of the existing city property, aligned with Town Lake Drive (formerly Bird Pond Road), provides the safest and most efficient offset to Barron Road.

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


 

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Live Blog: 2020 City Election

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

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

9:11 p.m.

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

UPDATE (Nov. 4)

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

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

UPDATE (Nov. 19)

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

UPDATE (Nov. 19)

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

Nichols will continue to serve until the winner is determined.

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


 

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5 things to watch at Tuesday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Tuesday at city hall for its final workshop (about 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings of 2019.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. City Hall Exterior: In the workshop, the council will review the exterior design of the new city hall building.
  2. Special City Council Election: The consent item includes an ordinance authorizing a special election on Jan. 28 to fill the remaining two years for Place 4 on the city council. Elianor Vessali resigned last month to run for the U.S. Congressional District 17 seat.
  3. Wellborn Road Annexation: After a public hearing, the council will consider a property owner’s request for the city to annex about four acres on the east side of Wellborn Road between Barron Cut-Off and McCullough Road. The council will also consider an annexation service agreement.
  4. Wellborn Road Land Use and Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the land use and zoning for about 1.8 acres on the east side of Wellborn Road between Rock Prairie Road and Graham Road. The changes would align the property with existing uses in the area.
  5. NCO Process Handbook: The council will discuss the proposed Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Process Handbook, which was created to help neighborhoods through the overlay zoning process.

At a 3 p.m. ceremony before the workshop, the city will announce its 2019 employee of the year, followed by a short reception.

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About the Blogger

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


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Nov. 14)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

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

4:04 p.m.

The workshop has started.

4:08 p.m.

Election Results

The council canvassed returns and declared the results of the Nov. 5 general election. John Crompton was elected to the Place 2 city council seat with 3,287 votes. Jerome Rektorik received 2,881 votes. Mayor Karl Mooney ran unopposed and was re-elected to a second term with 5,453 votes.

4:14 p.m.

Municipal Judge Ed Spillane administered the oath of office to Mayor Mooney. Councilman Crompton is absent and will take his oath on Monday.

4:24 p.m.

Council members offered their farewells and thank yous to outgoing Councilman Rektorik, which received gifts from city staff and the Police Department.

4:25 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting will start t 6 p.m. after a reception honoring Rektorik for his service.

5:00 p.m.

Here are some photos from the reception:

6:01 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:10 p.m.

Historical Business Marker No. 13

The Historic Preservation Committee presented Historical Business Marker No. 13 to A&M United Methodist Church. We’ll post a photo here later.

6:16 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during hear visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

Councilman Elianor Vessali recognized Army CW4 Clarence E. Boone as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 50-year-old Boone was from Fort Worth and died Dec. 2, 2003, Kuwait City, Kuwait, of a heart attack.

6:17 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • A $296,971 contract with Stantec Consulting Services for the design and construction phase services for the Carters Creek Blower Buildings Nos. 2 & 3 Project.
  • A master agreement not to exceed $150,000 with The Reynolds Company for Rockwell automation products and services for maintenance of Water Services Department SCADA infrastructure.
  • A Groundwater Return Flow Option Agreement and a Groundwater Return Flow Purchase Agreement with Blanchard Refining Company.
  • The third and final renewal of a $278,996.44 contract with Andrews Building Service for janitorial services at city facilities.
  • The annual BVWACS operations, maintenance and capital budget.

This item was voted on separately:

  • The council voted 6-0 to approve the first Restated Economic Development Agreement with StataCorp. Councilman Bob Brick abstained.

6:24 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell-Dartmouth Land Use

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the land use from Urban to General Commercial for about 2.3 acres on the south side of Harvey Mitchell Parkway east of the Dartmouth Street intersection to allow for commercial development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:30 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell-Dartmouth Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Townhouse to General Commercial with Corridor Overlay for the same property in the previous item.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:38 p.m.

Graham-Longmire Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Suburban Commercial with Natural Areas Protected for about 1.6 acres at the south corner of the Graham Road-Longmire Drive intersection. The applicant plans to build an optometry office.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:41 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. 

 


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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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (4 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Election Results: In the workshop, the council will canvass the returns and declare the results of the Nov. 5 general election for mayor and Place 2 on the city council.
  2. Rektorik Reception: After the workshop, the council will have a public reception for outgoing Councilman Jerome Rektorik to thank him for his service.
  3. Historical Marker: To start the regular meeting, the Historic Preservation Committee will present Historical Business Marker 13 to A&M United Methodist Church.
  4. Harvey Mitchell-Dartmouth Changes: After public hearings, the council will consider changing the land use and zoning for about 2.3 acres on the south side of Harvey Mitchell Parkway east of the Dartmouth Street intersection to allow for commercial development. The land use would change from Urban to General Commercial, and the zoning would go from Townhouse to General Commercial with Corridor Overlay.
  5. Graham-Longmire Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from Rural to Suburban Commercial with Natural Areas Protected for about 1.6 acres at the south corner of the Graham Road-Longmire Drive intersection. The applicant plans to build an optometry office.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as an 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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