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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 meets at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance will not be allowed, but comments will be allowed through Zoom.

The meetings will be 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 945 5259 1668.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Rental Registration: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the rental registration program’s history and changes since its adoption.
  2. FY21 Budget Public Hearing: The council will conduct a public hearing on the city’s proposed FY21 budget, which is scheduled to be adopted on Aug. 27.
  3. FY21 Property Tax Rate: The council will discuss the proposed FY21 property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as the current rate. Under the Texas Property Tax Code, if the council considers a tax rate that does not exceed the no-new-revenue or voter-approval tax rates, the city does not have to hold a public hearing. If the council considers a tax rate above the no-new-revenue rate, but below the voter-approval rate, the city will call a public hearing.
  4. Highway 6 Water Tower: The council will consider a $6.6 million contract with CB&I Storage Tank Solutions for the construction of a 3-million gallon water tower near the intersection of Midtown Drive (formerly Lakeway Drive) and the northbound State Highway 6 frontage road.
  5. Fitch Parkway Rehabilitation: The council will consider an $812,000 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for construction services for the rehabilitation of William D. Fitch Parkway from State Highway 30 to Rock Prairie Road. That section of Fitch has started to fail because of increased heavy loads and truck traffic to the Twin Oaks Landfill.

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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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Podcast series explores city’s FY 21 proposed budget

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, the All Up In Your Business podcast is back with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on College Station’s Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget.

We’re calling it All Up In Your Budget.

Fiscal Services Director Mary Ellen Leonard joins me to dissect and explain the city’s 330-page budget document, including changes caused by COVID-19, how sustainable we think those are, and what it means to our residents. This budget year is like no other, and we want to make sure residents and taxpayers understand what’s in it, what’s not in it, and why.

A public hearing on the budget will be part of Thursday’s city council meeting, with budget adoption scheduled for Aug. 27. Thursday’s meeting will be streamed live starting at 6 p.m. on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 945 5259 1668. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom.

Episode No. 1 (Conditions)

Episode No. 2 (Revenues)

Episode No. 3 (Expenses)

Episode No. 4 (Capital Projects and Tourism)

All Up In Your Business is available via PodbeanApple PodcastsGoogle PlayIHeartRadioSpotifyStitcher and YouTube. Please subscribe, rate and recommend!

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is entering his 12th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Proposed city budget reflects COVID-19 challenges

 

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

COVID-19 has affected just about every aspect of our lives since mid-March. At the City of College Station, we expect that impact to continue well into our next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget —presented to the city council Thursday night — takes a strategic approach to address our community’s short-term, mid-term, and long-term needs in these uncertain times. The council takes a more in-depth look at the numbers beginning with Monday’s first budget workshop, followed by additional sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The budget workshops can be accessed through Zoom. We’ll post the presentations from each day here:

A public hearing on the budget and tax rate will be Aug. 13. The council will consider adopting the budget and tax rate on Aug. 27. (more…)


Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (July 23)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular teleconference meetings on Thursday, July 23. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 984 6115 5646. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom.

4:28 p.m.

The workshop has started. (more…)


5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets by teleconference on Thursday for its workshop (after 4 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

The meetings will be 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 984 6115 5646. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom. (more…)