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

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. 12. 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.

6:02 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:03 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

No items were pulled from the consent agenda for workshop discussion.

6:47 p.m.

Roadway Impact Fees

The council discussed the recently adopted roadway impact fees. No action was taken.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:09 p.m.

Spring Creek Local Government Corporation

The council discussed forming a non-profit government corporation to promote economic development anchored by the Spring Creek Corporate Campus, College Station’s next business park. The council’s Economic Development Committee recommended the action in December.

Additional council action will be required to activate the corporation, including the transfer of property into the corporation and funding the corporation’s activities.

The city purchased the Spring Creek Campus property in 2000 and 2001 to develop the business park and protect existing greenways along Spring Creek as part of the Greenways Master Plan. The city purchased additional acreage for an electrical substation and the preservation of greenways north of the substation. The total size is about 484 acres, which includes about 260 acres for private development. The corporation will oversee that development.

The corporation also will have the power to acquire, own, and dispose of real estate subject to the approval of the city council and may also authorize improvements to real estate, including basic infrastructure, streets, buildings and signage. The initial board of directors will consist of the mayor as president, with the others being members of the city council, city officers or residents the council determines to have beneficial expertise.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:14 p.m.

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

7:27 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:32 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. Elias Torrez III as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 21-year-old Veribest native died April 9, 2004, from hostile fire in Anbar Province, Iraq.

7:33 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Reappointed Brian Hilton as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
  • A $114,574.35 contract with Brazos Paving for the rehabilitation of the Lemon Tree Park parking lot.
  • A $128,486 bid with TSE International for a trailer-mounted underground puller.
  • The second renewal of price agreement not to exceed $163,620 with Brazos Paving for cement stabilized sand.
  • A $359,000 contract with Civil Engineering Consultants for design and construction phase services related to Southside Safety Improvements along Park Place, Holik, Glade, and Anna Streets.

7:40 p.m.

Land Use Change in Pooh’s Park

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the land use designation from Urban Mixed-Use to Urban for about six acres in the Pooh’s Park Subdivision southwest of the Holleman Drive-Lassie Lane intersection. The change will accommodate a multi-family infill development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:45 p.m.

Rezoning in Pooh’s Park

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the rezoning from General Commercial to Planned Development District for about six acres in the Pooh’s Park Subdivision southwest of the Holleman Drive-Lassie Lane intersection. The change will accommodate a multi-family infill development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:46 p.m.

BioCorridor Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Casey Oldham as one of two Planning & Zoning Commission representatives on the BioCorridor Board of Directors.

7:58 p.m.

Board and Commission Appointments

The council made the following board and commission appointments (I’ll add the names shortly):

  • B/CS Library Committee: Jon Anderson, Mary Troy
  • Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Advisory Board: Joanna Kaspar, Philip Lasley
  • Construction Board of Adjustments: Bill Mather (chair)
  • Design Review Board: Susan McGrail, William McKinney, Valerian Miranda
  • Historic Preservation Committee: Marilyn Randall, Andrea Smith, Chantal Vessali, Benjamin Zimmer, Katherine Edwards (chair)
  • Joint Relief Funding Review Committee: John Nichols
  • Parks and Recreation Board: Don Hellriegel (chair)
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Johnny Burns (full), Jeremy Osborne (full), Keith Williamson (unexpired)
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments: Dennis Christiansen (regular), Jeffrey Mazzolini (regular), Bill Lartigue (alternate), Rene Ramirez (alternate)

7:58 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 26.


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 (April 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, April 14. 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.

6:19 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:20 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. No items were pulled for discussion.

6:49 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness

The council heard a presentation about regional search and rescue assets as well as emergency preparedness resources, operational capacity, and guidelines.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council: (more…)


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 (about 6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Emergency Preparedness: In the workshop, the council will hear a presentation about the area’s search and rescue capabilities and emergency response resources.
  2. 2014 CouncilReplacement Bomb Suits: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider approving the $64,000 purchase of two new explosive ordnance device suits. The Police Department’s current bomb suits have expired.
  3. Luther Street Rehabilitation: The council will consider a $1.1 million contract for the reconstruction of Luther Street from Harvey Mitchell Parkway to Penberthy Road. The project will also relocate a waterline.
  4. Rock Prairie Road Widening: The council will consider a $3.94 million contract to improve the capacity of Rock Prairie Road and align additional lanes with the State Highway 6 overpass. The project will extend from Normand Drive to several hundred feet east of the highway. Improvements include concrete pavement, sidewalks, and a new traffic signal at Longmire Drive.
  5. Veterans Park Athletic Complex Build-out: The council will consider a $390,000 contract for engineering services related to design and construction of Phase 1 of the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-Out. The project includes two new synthetic turf athletic fields, lighting, parking, and amenities, and would be financed through the Hotel Tax Fund.

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Severe Weather Week marks start of tornado season

 

Editor’s Note: Gov. Greg Abbott has proclaimed this as Severe Weather Awareness Week. This blog was originally published on April 30, 2014 under the headline “Tornado preparation is important – even in BCS.”

By Brian Hilton, Emergency Management Coordinator

The Bryan-College Station area has had its share of funnel clouds and tornado scares over the years, but we’ve managed to escape any loss of life or catastrophic damage. In fact, straight line winds and microbursts have caused more property damage here than twisters.

Copyright:  / 123RF Stock PhotoAlthough strong tornadoes are uncommon in our area, that doesn’t mean a deadly tornado couldn’t happen. And even small tornadoes have the potential to be violent.

Since 2000, Brazos County has experienced nine small tornadoes, with three rated F1 (wind speeds of 73-122 mph) on the Fujita scale and the rest F0 (under 73 mph). In December 2006, a F1 tornado moved south to north for five miles across central College Station and did considerable damage to an apartment complex on FM2818 and several businesses along Southwest Parkway and Texas Avenue. Three people suffered injuries.

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Ebola has influenced preparedness of local first responders

By Lt. Chuck Fleeger, College Station Police Department, and Eric Dotson, College Station Fire Marshal

Ebola.  

The topic has dominated recent news reports, even on the local level. A virus that originated halfway across the globe has impacted lives in many countries and has affected people in our own state. 

Copyright: roxanabalint / 123RF Stock PhotoWe’ve been blessed not to have any instances of Ebola in our community, but recent events have influenced how we educate and prepare our first responders. While the risk of our dealing directly with the Ebola virus is low, it’s important for the men and women of the College Station Police and Fire Departments to be ready if we need to respond to an Ebola-related situation.

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National Preparedness Month: Preparing for disaster is everyone’s job

By Brian Hilton, College Station Emergency Management Coordinator

All sectors of society – businesses, civic groups, industry associations, neighborhood associations and individual citizens – should plan ahead for natural and man-made disasters. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

In the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available and people must be ready to act on their own. With September being National Preparedness Month, it’s the perfect time to review the emergency plans for your family or business.

NPM_logo_RGB_LOCALWith the theme “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare,” National Preparedness Month establishes four universal building blocks of preparedness. Click each of these for useful tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  1. Be informed.
  2. Make a plan.
  3. Build a kit.
  4. Get involved.

Preparation makes a difference

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