Posts tagged “fiscal

Podcast: Templin says city budget process on schedule

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

This time of the year, don’t even try to find College Station City Manager Kelly Templin in his office. He’s behind closed doors with his staff, looking to the future and planning the city’s next budget.

In this week’s podcast, we talk to Mr. Templin about where things stand since the new fiscal year starts in about 90 days.

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CS achieves top level for financial transparency

transparencyBy Cheryl Wright, Accounting and Treasury Operations Manager

The City of College Station’s Fiscal Services Department recently earned the distinction of becoming a platinum member of the Texas Comptroller’s Leadership Circle.

We’ve been honored in recent years with a pair of Gold Awards, but only nine of 46 cities with populations of at least 75,000 are platinum members. Before you start thinking this is boring accounting stuff and wondering why you should care, let me explain.

This distinction means the City of College Station has achieved the highest level of online financial transparency when it comes to spending your hard-earned tax dollars.

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

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

6:07 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:13 p.m.

Council Agenda Discussion

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

  • Game Day Traffic Study: This project is a follow-up to the 2013 game day traffic study and will include traffic management and implementation plans. The Texas A&M University System has contracted with Texas A&M Transportation Institute for $200,000 to complete the project. The remaining partners will contract individually with the system to fund their respective costs — $35,000 each from Texas A&M Transportation, Texas A&M University System, City of Bryan, 12th Man Foundation, and City of College Station, and $25,000 from the CVB.
  • Wastewater Capacity Study: Water Services routinely monitors the flow levels in the wastewater collection system, and excessive flows during rain events have been detected in the Northgate and Southwood Valley sewer shed areas. The sources of this inflow must be identified and corrected to regain the capacity in the sewer mains and lift stations. This study will identify potential pipe failures, hydraulic capacity issues, and possible illegal connections. In addition, rehabilitation projects will be identified and prioritized. The study will be paid for with wastewater operating funds.

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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…)


Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 27)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 27. 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.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:19 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Toni Court Parking Removal: The council discussed the possible removal of parking along the west side of Keefer Loop from Rock Prairie Road to Toni Court, and on the south side and cul-de-sac of Toni Court in the Buena Vida Subdivision. The changes were recommended primarily to allow easier access for emergency vehicles.
  • Stop Loss Policy for City’s Health Plan: The council discussed the renewal of the stop loss policy for the city’s self-funded health plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Stop loss coverage protects the city from specific large medical or prescription drug claims and from an aggregate amount of overall high claims. BlueCross Blue Shield has been the city’s stop loss vendor for almost a decade. This is the second renewal of the original contract from plan year 2012. The renewal includes no increase to the premium from last year. The 2014 plan year projected costs are based on a monthly average of 806 employees, retirees and COBRA participants on the plan.

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