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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (Oct. 7)

Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Eleanor Vessali. Standing (L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Oct. 7. It’s not the official minutes.

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

6:04 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action out of the executive session. 

6:09 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:

  • Munson Avenue Sidewalks: The $193,000 contract is for an eight-foot-wide sidewalk along the west side of Munson Avenue from Dominik Drive to Harvey Road. The project was identified in the city’s ADA Transition Plan and was requested by a resident with access needs.

6:10 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney suspended the workshop, which will resume after the regular meeting.

6:11 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:15 p.m.

Municipal Court Week

Mayor Mooney proclaimed Nov. 4-8 as Municipal Court Week. Judge Ed Spillane and College Station Municipal Court staff are pictured with Mayor Mooney.

6:21 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.

  • Councilwoman Elianor Vessali recognized Army Capt. Michael A. Norman as part of the Fallen Heroes Project. The 36-year-old Killeen native died Jan. 31, 2008 when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.

6:22 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $109,014 contract with Mitchell & Morgan for the conceptual design of the extension of Bird Pond Road from Highway 6 to Lakeway Drive.
  • A $192,629 contract with Palomares Construction for sidewalk improvements along Munson Avenue.
  • A $162,665 contract with Dell Marketing for computer equipment.
  • A three-year agreement not to exceed $225,000 with ESRI for GIS systems software licensing and support.
  • The city’s investment policy and strategy, reviewing and recording changes, a collateral policy, and investment officers for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • A FY 18 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant of $911,476.
  • The city’s Traffic Calming Policy.
  • The addition of a school zone for River Bend Elementary on Rock Prairie Road West and Holleman Drive South and changes to the operational times and posted hours of several school zones to better align with the presence of crossing guards.
  • Reduced the speed limit on Holleman Drive South between North Dowling Road to the Rock Prairie West Road Intersection to 40 mph on the southern section and to 45 mph for the northern section.

6:34 p.m.

Midtown Area Road Name Changes

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to rename Midtown Loop as Durham Loop, Bird Pond Road west of Rock Prairie Road as Town Lake Drive, Pebble Creek Parkway from Highway 6 and Lakeway Drive as Corporate Parkway, and Lakeway Drive between Highway 6 and Fitch Parkway as Midtown Drive.

The city is marketing its next business park with the Midtown mixed-use development, and the street name changes will help distinguish the area as a destination.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:49 p.m.

Fitch-Rock Prairie Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Restricted Suburban, General Commercial, Office, and Natural Areas Protected for about 210 acres at the intersection of Rock Prairie Road and William D. Fitch Parkway. The change would allow for a 175- acre continuation of the Pebble Creek Subdivision with an additional non-residential component of about 18 acres.

The proposal also includes the protection of 17 acres of floodplain next to Pebble Creek Country Club.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:57 p.m.

1700 George Bush Drive Land Use

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to deny a request to change the land use from Natural Areas Reserved to Urban and Natural Areas Reserved for about 2.7 acres at 1700 George Bush Drive. Councilwoman Elianor Vessali voted against the motion to deny.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:08 p.m.

Police Station Equipment

The council voted unanimously to approve $2.85 million for furniture, appliances, information technology items, shelving, security equipment, audio/visual items, dispatch equipment, and evidence storage for the new police station. Because of the progress of the project, the city expects a $400,000 reduction to the construction encumbrance in FY20, which leaves a balance of $2.9 million for this contract and related expenses.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:14 p.m.

Experience BCS Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Councilmember Jerome Rektorik, Karen Bonarrigo, and Greg Stafford to the Experience Bryan-College Station Board of Directors, along with Jay Primavera as the chair.

8:20 p.m.

Impact Fee Committee Appointment

The council appointed James Jones as the extraterritorial jurisdiction representative to the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, which is also known as the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.

8:25 p.m.

Mobility Authority Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Veronica Morgan to the Brazos County Regional Mobility Authority, an independent local government agency that has the authority to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate and extend transportation projects.

8:28 p.m.

After the council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The workshop meeting will resume after a short break.

8:39 p.m.

The workshop has started.

8:46 p.m.

Promoting Tourism on Channel 19

The council discussed opportunities to promote tourism and local events through the city’s cable channel or online. Channel 19 (CSTV19) is operated by the City of College Station and funded through a state franchise agreement with local cable provider Suddenlink Communications. 

Channel 19’s programming is restricted to activities funded, sponsored, or are otherwise relevant to the City of College Station and the College Station Independent School District. The programming is intended to increase awareness of local government and encourage community participation in decision-making processes.

Programming includes live and recorded broadcasts of city council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, public service announcements, special event promotions, job opportunities, and other pertinent issues and notices.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:51 p.m.

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

The council meets again on Thursday, Oct. 24.

 


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: Monday’s city council meetings (Oct. 8)

(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 Monday, Oct. 8. 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.

5:13 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action out of executive session.

5:15 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:

  • Field Maintenance Materials: The annual bid award of $97,499 is for athletic field maintenance materials such as fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, infield material, grass seed, and turf amendments.

5:42 p.m.

Police Building Renovation

The consensus of the council was to move forward with plans to relocate several city departments into the existing police station when the new police headquarters is completed in early 2020. The current building will require $5 million in renovations and repairs after police personnel move to the new facility.

The plan is to relocate community services from rented space at 511 University Drive to the existing police building, which would save $10,000 per month on leasing. Fire administration also would move into the renovated facility.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

5:58 p.m.

City Hall Financing Plan

The consensus of the council was to move forward with the financing plan for the new city hall, which will be located near the existing city hall at 1101 Texas Ave. In September, the council approved a design contract with Kirksey Architecture.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:00 p.m.

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

6:10 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:16 p.m.

Imagine a Day without Water

Mayor Mooney presented a proclamation to Water Resource Coordinator Jennifer Nations for the Imagine a Day Without Water campaign.

6:18 p.m.

Ken Bost Retirement

Mayor Mooney presented a proclamation honoring Ken Bost upon his retirement after 33 years as director of the Brazos County Health Department. Councilwoman Linda Harvell accepted the proclamation on Bost’s behalf.

6:25 p.m.

Mark Lord Presentation

Mayor Mooney presented a shadow box to Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Executive Director Mark Lord. The box contains mementos from the TAAF’s 2018 Summer Games of Texas that were conducted here in July. The event attracted more than 26,000 visitors to town. B-CS will again host the Games in 2019.

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.

  • Chantal Vessali spoke about the removal of a rezoning item that had been previously scheduled for tonight.

6:30 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A resolution approving the city’s investment policy, investment strategy, collateral policy and investment officers for the FY19 fiscal year.
  • A $581,300 contract with Freese and Nichols for the preliminary design and route analysis for the Carter Creek Lift Station and Force Main Project.
  • An $893,795.30 contract with Binkley and Barfield for engineering services related to the design of the Lincoln Avenue Rehabilitation Project.
  • An annual bid award not to exceed $188,180.95 to BWI Companies ($97,498.87) and Helena Agri ($90,862.08Z) for athletic field maintenance materials.
  • The Arts Council of Brazos Valley’s budget and a $325,000 funding agreement with the city for operations and maintenance.
  • A $397,976 agreement with the Arts Council of Brazos Valley’s affiliate funding and art and tourism marketing.
  • The Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce’s budget and a $25,000 funding agreement with the city.
  • A $15,000 funding agreement with the College Station Noon Lions Club.
  • Easterwood Airport’s budget and a $114,376 funding agreement with the city.
  • A $350,000 funding agreement with the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation.
  • The Memorial for all Veterans of the Brazos Valley’s budget and a $25,000 funding agreement with the city.
  • A resolution authorizing expenditures of $273,196 to the Aggieland Humane Society.
  • A $49,190 funding agreement with Keep Brazos Beautiful.
  • A $588,950 funding agreement with Experience Bryan-College Station to administer the Experience Bryan College Station Grant Program.
  • Experience Bryan-College Station’s budget and a $2.4 million tri-party funding agreement with the City of Bryan and the Experience Bryan-College Station. College Station’s portion is $1.9 million with Bryan’s part being $539,052.

6:31 p.m.

The regular meeting has been suspended, and the council has gone back into executive session.

7:30 p.m.

The meeting has resumed. The council took no action out of executive session.

7:40 p.m.

Police Headquarters Guaranteed Maximum Price

The council unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the contract with J.T. Vaughn Construction accepting the Guaranteed Maximum Price of $24,833,300 for construction of the new Police Headquarters.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Nov. 16, with substantial completion expected in early 2020.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:41 p.m.

Experience B-CS Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to re-appoint Steve Miller and Robert Holzweiss and appoint Councilwoman Linda Harvell to the Experience Bryan-College Station Board of Directors.

7:44 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:44 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Oct. 25.

 


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 (June 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, June 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.

5:05 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken out of executive session. Councilman James Benham is participating via teleconference.

5:19 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 discussion:

  • A&M Consolidated School Zone: The extension school zone time to 4:15 p.m. around A&M Consolidated High School on Nueces Drive, Welsh Avenue and FM 2818.
  • Stop Signs: The addition of stop signs at various intersections.
  • Wire & Cable: A $712,700 bid award to Techline for the purchase of wire and cable to be maintained in inventory.
  • Tree Trimming Services: A $1.5 million, three-year contract with All Around Tree Service for electric right-of-way tree trimming services.
  • Solid Waste Collection Fees: The first increase in fees for residential solid waste collection services since 2006. The last commercial rate increase was in 2014. Click here to see the proposed rates.
  • Economic Development Incentives: The resolution would re-adopt the city’s guidelines regarding property tax abatement as required by state law.

6:11 p.m.

Homestead Tax Exemption

The council directed staff to bring back an ordinance creating a five percent Homestead Property Tax Exemption. Homestead exemptions remove part of a home’s value from taxation, such as the first $25,000 or $50,000 of assessed value. The ordinance will be considered at the June 28 council meeting.

To offset the estimated revenue loss of $664,000, the council will consider a 3/4-cent tax increase as part of the FY19 budget process later this summer.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

6:36 p.m.

ETJ, Annexation Agreements

The consensus of the council was to extend the city’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) from 3 1/2 miles to five miles. The ordinance will come back for a vote at a future meeting. Council also opted to offer new 10-year annexation agreements to several property owners in the ETJ.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:37 p.m.

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

6:47 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:59 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.

  • Robert Rose gave a short presentation on the Austin Veloway and suggested College Station pursue a similar amenity for its citizens.
  • Stacy Watt also spoke in support of a local veloway.

7:02 p.m.

Mayor Mooney proclaimed Girl Scout Gold Award Day in College Station and recognized local girl scout Ashley Poprik for creating a winning documentary entitled Camp for All. Ashley recently graduated from A&M Consolidated High School and plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

7;03 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The extension school zone times to 4:15 p.m. around A&M Consolidated High School on Nueces Drive, Welsh Avenue and FM 2818.
  • The addition of stop signs at various intersections.
  • A $712,700 annual bid award to Techline for the purchase of wire and cable to be maintained in electrical inventory.
  • A three-year, $1.5 million contract with All Around Tree Service for electric right-of-way tree trimming services.
  • A $364,759.40 contract with Palomares Construction for sidewalk improvements along Southwest Parkway between Wellborn Road and Welsh Avenue.
  • An inter-local agreement with the City of Cedar Hill for cooperative purchasing.
  • A $409,825.90 contract with Binkley & Barfield for engineering services related to the design of the Greens Prairie Trail Widening Project.
  • The first increase in fees for residential solid waste collection services since 2006. The last commercial rate increase was in 2014.
  • Established fees, rates and charges for commercial and residential burn permits.
  • A $93,272.19 change order to a contract with Acklam Construction and a time extension of 45 days for changes at the Larry J. Ringer Library.
  • A $1.34 million contract with Forbes Bros.Timberline Construction to replace 12 transmission poles and hardware and 5.62 miles of steel shield wire on the transmission line with optical ground wire fiber optic conductor.
  • A $425,203 contract for the purchase of right-of-way for the Capstone/Barron Road Realignment Project.
  • A resolution to re-adopt the city’s guidelines and criteria governing property tax abatement.
  • Ratification of the city manager’s authority to designate Experience Bryan-College Station as the local organizing committee to coordinate the funding application for the 2018 American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup and approval of the event support contract.

7:11 p.m.

Rezoning on Lakeway Drive

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning from Rural to Planned Development District for about seven acres along the south side of Lakeway Drive near the Medical Avenue intersection. The change will allow a senior housing development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:23 p.m.

Non-Residential Landscaping and Buffer Requirements

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance regarding landscaping requirements and buffer standards.

Here’s a summary of the changes:

  • Encouraging drought tolerant irrigation by increasing the point credit from 10 percent to 20 percent for water-conserving irrigation systems.
  • Providing an extra 50 percent increase in landscaping points for Texas native plants.
  • Incentivizing the retention of older or larger trees by doubling the point values for each protected tree.
  • Creating administrative flexibility to waive buffer requirements adjacent to residential common area and exempting buffers adjacent to FEMA 100-year floodplain.
  • Removing the double landscape point requirements for building plots over 10 acres.
  • Removing the heightened 2.5-inch caliper tree requirement for building plots over 15 acres and allowing these sites to meet the 2-inch caliper tree requirement of other sites.
  • Providing water conserving landscaping options such as xeriscaping in lieu of sod.
  • Requiring buffer by developed or proposed use instead of by zoning district.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:14 p.m.

Caprock 31 Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning from Rural and General Commercial to Planned Development District for about 31 acres southwest of the Arrington Road-Greens Prairie Road intersection.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:23 p.m.

Rock Prairie Road Improvements

The council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Brazos County for improvements to Rock Prairie Road from Holleman Drive to Wellborn Road. The proposed cross-section of the roadway is two travel lanes, a continuous two-way left turn lane, bike lanes, and sidewalks.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:35 p.m.

Experience B-CS Appointment

The council unanimously appointed Karen Bonarrigo to fill the last two years of Paul Bonarrigo’s term on the Experience Bryan-College Station board. Mr. Bonarrigo is stepping down due to competing responsibilities.

8:35 p.m.

After the council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, June 28.

 


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: Monday’s special city council meeting (Oct.2)

Back (L-R): Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, James Benham, Barry Moore. Front (L-R): Blanche Brick, Mayor Karl Mooney, Julie Schultz.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s special meeting on Monday, Oct. 2. 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.

4:00 p.m.

The meeting has started. Mayor Karl Mooney then suspended the meeting, which will resume at 4:30.

4:32 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

4:56 p.m.

Experience BCS Appointments

The council appointed Mayor Karl Mooney, Councilman Jerome Rektorik, Jay Primavera, Paul Bonarrigo, Steve Miller, Robert Holzweiss and Michelle Milliorn to the board of directors of Experience BCS. Formerly known as the Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, the organization was formed in 2003 to enhance economic and social growth in the Brazos Valley by marketing, promoting, developing and coordinating tourism, conventions, sports, and hospitality opportunities.

5:48 p.m.

Policy Station Design

After receiving an update on the design status for the new police station, council directed staff to proceed with exterior design changes. In early 2016, council approved a contract with PGAL for the design of the $28 million facility on the southeast corner of the Dartmouth Street-Krenek Tap Road intersection.

A total of $1.86 million has been spent or committed to project design so far. Funding comes from long-term debt (certificates of obligation) issued in FY16 and FY17.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

Councilman James Benham made this presentation:

5:55 p.m.

Library Expansion Update

The council reviewed the final renderings of the expansion of the Larry J. Ringer Library. In August, the council directed that the facade should match materials in the city’s gateway sign so municipal facilities would have a uniform appearance and be easily recognizable as a city facility.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

5:55 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again for its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Oct. 12.

 


About 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 (July 13)

Back (L-R): Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, James Benham, Barry Moore. Front (L-R): Blanche Brick, Mayor Karl Mooney, Julie Schultz.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, July 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD) and online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

3:33 p.m.

The workshop has started. (more…)