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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Dec. 10)

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. 10. 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 992 5911 4379. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

3:21 p.m.

Speed Named Employee of the Year

Water Services’ Jeffrey Speed was named the city’s 2020 employee of the year at Thursday’s city council workshop. Speed has been with the city for more than than 20 years.

He is a GIS analyst whose work this year is described as “the cornerstone of the department’s ability to deliver the most-critical element – clean water – required to help control the pandemic.”

Speed made sure employees were able to remotely access advanced systems, and he taught himself all he needed to implement a pilot project related to Advanced Metering Infrastructure. His knowledge and problem-solving is said to have saved the city $100,000 in outside consulting work. Speed’s peers say he’s exceptionally good at what he does, and he’s a pleasure to work with.

The presentation provided to the council includes the other EOY nominees, along with the employees who have reached 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service.

6:15 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

6:23 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled these items from tonight’s consent agenda for discussion:

  • Emergency Management Coordinator: The resolution appoints Tradd Mills as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
  • Lions Club Fourth of July: The $16,625 funding agreement with the College Station Noon Lions Club offsets part of the costs of the annual Fourth of July celebration.
  • Payment Processing Services: The amendment to the contract with Paymentus Corporation increases the amount to $1.5 million to cover additional utility billing services.
  • Luther Parking Removal: The amendment would remove parking on both sides of Luther Street near Wellborn Road to provide sufficient fire department response access.

6:52 p.m.

Community COVID-19 Assistance

The council discussed community assistance provided by the city in response to COVID-19.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:29 p.m.

Municipally-Owned Internet Service

The council discussed municipally-owned and provided internet services, including assessing local internet connectivity and reviewing how other cities and counties have enabled broadband options for residents.

The council will discuss the issue more at its January retreat.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:32 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.

7:39 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:44 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. 

7:47 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent items:

  • The 2021 Council Calendar.
  • A $403,708 Community Development Block Grant funding agreement with the Brazos Valley Food Bank for a food delivery program for residents affected by COVID-19.
  • Appointed Tradd Mills as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
  • An agreement not to exceed $171,816.95 with ASAP Security Services for the video surveillance phase III project.
  • A contract for Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan Enterprise-Wide Calling, Smartnet Renewal Technology.
  • An annual purchase agreement not to exceed $115,000 with Fort Bend Services for dewatering chemical.
  • A Resolution Declaring Intention to Reimburse Certain Expenditures with Proceeds from Debt related to capital vehicle purchases.
  • A $1.5 million contract with Paymentus Corporation for payment processing services.
  • A modification to the substantial amendment of the 2019 Annual Action Plan to include Substantial Amendment No. 6 , which adds $822,034 in CARES Act Community Development Block Grant Funding to the Community Development budget.
  • An extension to the existing janitorial services contract.
  • Removed parking on a section of Luther Street near Wellborn Road.
  • The third amendment to the contract with Emergicon that adds Medicare, uninsured, and charity care reimbursement services.
  • A $3.93 million contract with CSA Construction for the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Centrifuge Improvements Project.
  • A $90,000 change order to a contract with Jones & Carterfor SCADA programming services for the Carters Creek WWTP Centrifuge Improvements Project.
  • An $830,000 contract with Juanita Martinez and Charles William Martinez for 4.85 acres needed for an electric substation.

This consent item was voted on separately:

  • The council voted 4-0-3 to approve a $16,625 funding agreement with the College Station Noon Lions Club. Mayor Mooney, Councilman John Nichols, and Councilwoman Linda Harvell recused themselves from the vote since they are members of the Noon Lions Club.

8:18 p.m.

Definitions of “Related” and “Family”

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to amend the definitions of “related” and “family” in the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. The amendment removes language referring to blood relations and marriage and clarifies specific familial types. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion.

Two people spoke in the public hearing, one in favor and one opposed to the changes.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:22 p.m.

Wellborn Road Zoning Change

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Wellborn Commercial on about two acres at 14999 FM 2154. The change allows the development of the Wellborn Learning Center.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:30 p.m.

Fitch Parkway Zoning Change

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Planned Development District to Suburban Commercial on about 4.5 undeveloped acres at 412 William D. Fitch Parkway. The existing zoning only permitted a self-storage facility, and the change allows additional development opportunities.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:47 p.m.

Roadway Landscaping

The council voted unanimously to require landscaping on city capital projects for major collector and arterial roadways. The budgeted amount will be 1-2% of the overall project budget.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:04 p.m.

2021 Legislative Program

The council voted unanimously to support the city’s priorities for the 87th Texas legislative session, which begins Jan. 12. The program advocates for the best interests of its residents and businesses. The city’s Legislative Program highlights the importance of home rule authority, local control, managing growth and development, and municipal finances.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:09 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Extension

The council voted unanimously to extend the mayor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.

9:11 p.m.

RMA Appointment

The council unanimously voted to appoint Veronica Morgan to another term as the city’s representative on the Brazos County Regional Mobility Authority. The RMA is an independent local government agency with authority to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, and extend transportation projects.

9:20 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 Thursday, Jan. 14. The council meets Dec. 29 to canvass the results of the Dec. 15 runoff election.

 


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 gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch: (more…)


CSPD’s Harris named city’s 2017 employee of the year

Employee of the Year Kevin Harris and Mayor Karl Mooney

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

College Station Police Department Sgt. Kevin Harris was named the City of College Station’s 2017 Employee of the Year during a ceremony Thursday at the city council’s workshop meeting.

Harris was among 13 candidates who were nominated by their peers. The nominations were reviewed and judged by a panel of employees representing a cross-section of the organization.

Harris, an eight-year veteran of CSPD, is assigned to night shift patrol. Among his many duties, Harris serves as administrator for the Brazos Tech ticket-writing software and is part of the implementation team for the Tri-Tech Computer-Aided Dispatch and Records Management System — also known as CAD/RMS.

Employee of the Year Nominees (L-R): Gerald Borths, Diana Clendenin, Cecilia Browder, Bo Deal, Julia Franz, Kevin Harris, Amber Johnson, Tom Jordan, Cheletia Johnson, Lacey Lively, Cody Mays, Joyce Parish, Jennifer Springer.

Employee of the Year Nominees

Gerald Borths, Crew Leader (Water Services)

Cecilia Browder, Staff Assistant (Public Works)

Diana Clendenin, Generalist (Human Resources)

Bo Deal, Firefighter (Fire)

Julia Franz, Telecommunications Supervisor (Police)

Kevin Harris, Sergeant (Police)

Amber Johnson, Staff Assistant (Planning & Development Services)

Cheletia Johnson, Lincoln recreation Center Supervisor (Parks & Recreation)

Tom Jordan, SCADA Systems Analyst (CSU Electric)

Lacey Lively, Marketing Manager (Public Communications)

Cody Mays, Systems Analyst (Information Technology)

Joyce Parish, Customer Service Representative (Utility Customer Service)

Jennifer Springer, Office Manager (Utility Customer Service)

 

Service Awards

The city also recognized its employees who have reached 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

Employees who reached the milestones of 5, 10 and 15 years of service were recognized at departmental events.

20-Year Service Awards (L-R): Neil Black, Billy Couch, Jennifer Nations, Brandy Norris, Gilbert Urrutia. Others listed below were unable to attend.

20 years

Neil Black, Network Systems Analyst (Information Services)

Billy Couch, Assistant Chief (Police)

Stacy Lee, Electric Compliance Officer (CSU Electric)

Jennifer Nations, Program Coordinator (Water Services)

Brandy Norris, Assistant Chief (Police)

Kenneth Petereit, Sergeant (Police)

Christopher Poole, Captain (Fire)

Noe Rincones, Officer (Police)

Timothy Sullivan, Captain (Fire)

Gilbert Urrutia, Mechanic (Public Works)

 

25-Year Service Awards (L-R): James Woodward, Celia Hernandez, Kyle Patterson, Debbie Raley. Tim Hamff was unable to attend.

25 years

Tim Hamff, Captain (Fire)

Celia Hernandez, Executive Assistant (City Manager’s Office)

Kyle Patterson, Sergeant (Police)

Debbie Raley, Customer Service Representative (Fiscal Services)

James Woodward, Sergeant (Police)

 

30-Year Service Awards: Ben Accurso, Jr. Randall Harmon was unable to attend.

30 years

Ben Accurso, Jr., Meter Services Supervisor (Water Services)

Randall Harmon, Lieutenant (Fire)

 

25-Year Service Awards (L-R): Deborah-Grace-Rosier and Louis Solis.

35 years

Deborah Grace-Rosier, Staff Assistant II (Planning & Development Services)

Louis Solis, Apparatus Operator (Fire)

 

Congratulations to all and thank you for your service and dedication!

 

 


About the Blogger

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


 

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

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

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

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

Employee Recognition

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

Employee of the Year Kevin Harris and Mayor Karl Mooney

5:26 p.m.

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

5:40 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

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

5:41 p.m.

Benham Elected Mayor Pro Tem

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

6:16 p.m.

Planned Development Districts

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

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:17 p.m.

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

6:25 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:29 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

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

6:29 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

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

6:41 p.m.

Medical District Sewer Line

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

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:48 p.m.

Jackson Hole Planned Development District

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:51 p.m.

Land Use Change on State Highway 47

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

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:58 p.m.

Rezoning on State Highway 47

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:11 p.m.

Preliminary Plan Approval Process

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

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:20 p.m.

Board and Committee Appointments

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

8:22 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

8:22 p.m.

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

9:05 p.m.

Privatizing Solid Waste Services

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

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:08 p.m.

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

The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 


About the Blogger

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


 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Dec. 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Dec. 13. 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 website.

4:05 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

(more…)