Posts tagged “emergency management

8 steps you can take to weather the storm

By Debbie Stickles, Graduate Engineer, Planning & Development Services

With heavy rains from Hurricane Laura possible in our area, it’s an excellent time to review necessary safety precautions and take appropriate actions to protect your family and property.

  1. Determine your risk at noaa.gov or consult local media for updated storm information, including trajectory forecasts. It’s also a good idea to sign up to receive emergency notifications from Brazos County.
  2. Households may have different storm preparation needs. Essential supplies to gather include first aid kits, flashlights with extra batteries, non-perishable foods such as protein bars and canned goods, and a three-day water supply. For more information, go to ready.gov.
  3. Move your garbage and recycling containers to a safe area where storms won’t blow them away or knock them down.
  4. Be water smart, and turn off your landscape irrigation system. Irrigation systems are intended to supplement the rain and can cause problems if they operate during a storm.
  5. If you live near a creek or other water bodies, secure your outdoor furniture to prevent it from entering the storm drains and seek shelter elsewhere.
  6. Move brush piles to higher ground to keep vegetative waste from blocking stormwater drainage paths and creeks.
  7. Report public safety issues such as downed electrical lines and flooded or blocked roadways to the College Station Police Department’s non-emergency number at 979-764-3600.
  8. If you approach a flooded roadway or intersection, don’t attempt to drive through the water. Turn around, don’t drown.

College Station is no stranger to the effects of hurricanes and tropical storms. If you take a little time to prepare, you can successfully weather the storm once again.

 


About the Blogger

Debbie Stickles is starting her sixth year as one of the city’s graduate engineers. She previously worked as an engineering specialist in the Railroad Commission of Texas’ Oil & Gas Division from 2014-15. A native of Carrizo Springs, Debbie received a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2013.


 

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Franklin tornado yet another reminder to be prepared

By Brian Hilton, Emergency Management Coordinator

Saturday’s tornado in nearby Franklin destroyed much of the town with winds of 136-165 mph. Fortunately, only about a dozen minor injuries were reported, but the dangerous EF-3 twister served as another wake-up call for the Bryan-College Station community.

As if we needed another warning.

Texas leads the nation with an average of 137 tornadoes each year, and more than 60 percent of these storms occur from April to June.

Only three years ago, a tornado battered several neighborhoods along a two-mile path in Bryan, damaging more than 150 homes. In December 2006, a twister moved south to north for five miles across central College Station and did considerable damage along FM2818, Southwest Parkway, and Texas Avenue.

The National Weather Service rated both of those tornadoes as EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds estimated at 110 miles per hour. Since 2000, Brazos County has experienced about a dozen EF-0 or EF-1 tornadoes.

While our community has had its share of funnel clouds and tornado scares over the years, 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.

Although strong tornadoes are uncommon in our area, Saturday’s storm in Franklin reminds us that powerful tornadoes can happen here. And as the 2016 Bryan tornado proved, even small twisters have the potential to be violent.

Those storms are vivid reminders of why it’s important to know how to prepare and react to a tornado. These links provide in-depth information about what to do before, during and after a tornado:

National Weather Service videos:

Stay Informed

Bryan and College Station do not have outdoor tornado sirens. College Station voters defeated a proposition to fund sirens in the 1990 bond election.

When severe weather approaches, pay close attention to local radio and television stations. They do an excellent job of providing pertinent information, including tornado watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service, but tornadoes can occur even if a watch or warning has not been issued.

In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. If a violent storm approaches the Bryan-College Station area, these are the best ways to monitor events and get timely information:

Recommended Mobile Apps

Some useful mobile apps are available for smartphones and tablets. Many of these have emergency alert capabilities. Here are some recommended apps that you can find in your favorite app store:

  • American Red Cross Tornado App
  • FEMA
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • NOAA Radar Pro

Just because tornadoes have been rare in our area doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant and well-prepared. Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms, and we should always stand ready to handle whatever comes our way.

 


About the Blogger

Brian Hilton has been the City of College Station’s emergency management coordinator since 2003 when he retired as sergeant first class after 20 years in the United States Army. He also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee for the Brazos Valley Council of Governments. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Hilton attended Columbia College in Columbia, Mo.


 

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Video: College Station responds to Hurricane Harvey

Our prayers remain with those affected by Harvey, as well as those in the path of Irma. While College Station was spared harsh effects from the recent storms, we still say thanks to our employees who worked around the clock here and in other jurisdictions.

 

— Public Communications Office

 

 


Prepare for possible impacts of Hurricane Harvey

The City of College Station, The City of Bryan, Wixon Valley, Kurten, Brazos County, and Texas A&M are closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Harvey. We are in direct communication with the National Weather Service and the State Operations Center concerning this storm and its potential impacts to the Brazos Valley.

UPDATES: Brazos Community Emergency Operations Center Blog

While the impacts across the state and along the coast may vary, locally we are expecting heavy rains and flooding conditions beginning late Friday with the potential to continue through the weekend and into early next week.

We urge residents to prepare by taking these actions:

  • Make a disaster supply kit, to include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, food, and water. For a list of what to include in your disaster kit, visit gov/build-a-kit.
  • Bring in or have a shelter in place for outside animals.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Remember to turn around, don’t drown. For information about road closures visit drivetexas.org (TxDOT roads) and brazoscountytx.gov.
  • Bring anything inside that could be picked up by high winds.
  • Secure your garbage and recycling containers.
  • Check with neighbors and family members and make sure they are aware of your safety plans.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Monitor local weather conditions.

As we monitor this storm, we will continue to release information as it becomes available.

— Nathan Dennis, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office


Turn Around, Don’t Drown

The National Weather Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management urge you to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways. Drivers often underestimate the power of flood waters. When water is running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route.

  • Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide.
  • Twelve inches of water can float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs, and most other vehicles.
  • Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.
  • In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle.
  • Flash floods are especially treacherous at night when it is hard to see how deep waters may be or how fast water is rising.
  • Floodwater weakens roadbeds. Drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.

Lives can be saved if Texas drivers follow this one rule: when there’s water on the road, turn around, don’t drown.

— Brian Hilton, College Station Emergency Management Coordinator


Last May’s tornado showed we should be vigilant

By Brian Hilton, Emergency Management Coordinator

Last May, a tornado battered several neighborhoods along a two-mile path in Bryan, damaging more than 150 homes. No major injuries were reported, but the dangerous storm served as a wake-up call for the Bryan-College Station community.

Our 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.

Although strong tornadoes are uncommon in our area, that doesn’t mean a deadly tornado couldn’t happen. And as last May’s storm proved, even small twisters have the potential to be violent.

The National Weather Service rated the Bryan tornado as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds estimated at 110 miles per hour. Since 2000, Brazos County has experienced at least 10 small tornadoes, with four rated EF-1 (wind speeds of 86-110 mph) and the rest EF-0 (under 85 mph).

In December 2006, an EF-1 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.

An outbreak of a dozen or more tornadoes in the Houston Area in November 1992 — which included an EF-4 in Channelview — shows that we are not immune. Texas leads the nation with an average of 137 tornadoes each year.

More than 60 percent of these storms occur from April to June.

Our near misses and the devastation we saw in Louisiana earlier this month are vivid reminders of why it’s important to know how to prepare and react to a tornado.

These links provide in-depth information about what to do before, during and after a tornado:

National Weather Service videos:

Stay Informed

Bryan and College Station do not have outdoor tornado sirens. College Station voters defeated a proposition to fund sirens in the 1990 bond election.

When severe weather approaches, pay close attention to local radio and television stations. They do an excellent job of providing pertinent information, including tornado watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service, but tornadoes can occur even if a watch or warning has not been issued.

In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. If a violent storm approaches the Bryan-College Station area, these are the best ways to monitor events and get timely information:

Recommended Mobile Apps

Some useful mobile apps are available for smartphones and tablets. Many of these have emergency alert capabilities. Here are some recommended apps that you can find in your favorite app store:

  • American Red Cross Tornado App (free)
  • FEMA (free)
  • NOAA Weather Radio ($3.99)
  • NOAA Radar Pro ($1.99)
  • iMap Weather Radio (free and paid versions)
  • MyWarn ($9.99)

Just because tornadoes have been rare in our area doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant and well-prepared. Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms, and we should always stand ready to handle whatever comes our way.


About the Author

Brian Hilton has been the City of College Station’s emergency management coordinator since 2003 when he retired as sergeant first class after 20 years in the United States Army. He also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee for the Brazos Valley Council of Governments. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Hilton attended Columbia College in Columbia, Mo.


 

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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.

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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 (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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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (May 12)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, May 12. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:00 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:20 p.m.

Stormwater Management

The council was updated on the city’s stormwater management program. A consent agenda item in tonight’s regular meeting authorizes the mayor to endorse the 5-year plan that will be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Tornado preparation is important – even in BCS

 

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.

Although 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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 10)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 10. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:10 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:42 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Free Parking on Boyett Street: Approval of this item would establish four free parking spaces on the west side of Boyett from Patricia Street to Church Avenue, which would bring to 17 the number of free on-street parking spaces in the Northgate District.
  • USGS Joint Funding Agreement: The joint funding agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey for stream stations would help provide actual field-measured data for the calibration of engineered flood studies. The city’s regulated floodplains impact hundreds of properties valued at millions of dollars, and many of the city’s major capital projects are influenced by flood studies, which also impact associated flood insurance rates and development regulation.
  • Water Conservation Grant: The inter-local agreement includes a $57,500 grant from the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District to create a system to help residents avoid overwatering their landscapes and lawns. The system would include a weather station and rain gauges that auto-report to a database and website created by Texas A&M Agri-Life.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Replacement Project: The consent agenda includes two items related to the ERP project to replace the city’s wide-ranging business software: (1) A $69,000 software maintenance and support agreement and a $531,000 license and installation agreement with CRW Systems, Inc.; and (2) a master agreement for $1,421,077 with Tyler Technologies for software licenses and implementation services.
  • Emergency Management Plan: The 2014 Emergency Management Plan outlines the approach of local government entities to emergency operations and provides general guidance for emergency management.

7:07 p.m.  (more…)


Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]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: (more…)


Handy tips for successfully navigating freezing weather

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With freezing weather hitting town later today, we wanted to remind you of some of the problems freezing weather typically causes in our area. Previous cold spells we’ve had this winter caused significant damage to irrigation systems and exposed pipes, as well as power outages. In addition, runoff from sprinkler systems that hadn’t been turned off caused black ice in some areas and created hazardous driving conditions.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 13. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:10 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:54 p.m.

Kyle Field Redevelopment 

The council received an overview of the Kyle Field Redevelopment Project from representatives of Texas A&M. When the project is completed in 2015, the seating capacity will be 102,500.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Sept. 27)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

6:13 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:32 p.m.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Project 

The council received a presentation on the $1.5 million Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Projects, which is on the consent agenda for tonight’s regular meeting. In the first step in the treatment process, untreated wastewater flows into the headworks from the collection system. Large objects and sediment are removed so the wastewater can continue through the rest of the process.

Although key equipment is worn out and needs either replacement or rehabilitation, this project includes only items needed to restore functionality to existing equipment. The improvements are for the screw lift pumps, grit and grease removal systems, oiler system, odor controls and junction box, which will allow the headworks to operate until information is received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about future permit restrictions, which could require major changes to the headworks structure.

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Five Things to Watch at Thursday’s City Council Meetings

The College Station City Council will meet Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings.  

Here are five items to watch on Thursday:

  1. Hazard Mitigation Action Plan: The council will consider reapproving the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the first time since 2004. The plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state law before the city can receive grants for easing hazards and risks after natural disasters. The five-year plan also helps the city maintain its eligibility for FEMA assistance or other federal funds. The council will hear a presentation during the workshop and will consider the approving the plan as part of the consent agenda.
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