By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, March 9. It’s not the official minutes.
The meeting can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online.
The workshop has started.
The council unanimously approved an amendment to the city manager’s contract.
Consent Agenda Discussion
The council pulled this item for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda:
Annual Financial Reports
The council unanimously voted to accept the city’s 2019 audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which provides a summary of the city’s financial position through Sept. 30, 2019.
Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:
After the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports, Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop. The regular meeting starts after a short break.
The regular meeting has started.
National Social Work Month
Mayor Mooney proclaimed March as National Social Work Month to honor the powerful impact the social work profession has had on society for generations.
Histotechnology Professions Day
The mayor proclaimed March 10 as Histotechnology Professions Day to recognize the scientific and technical personnel whose work in the clinical laboratory gives our nation the best possible health care.
One person spoke during hear visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.
The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:
Cooner Easement Abandonment
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to abandon part of a 10-foot and 15-foot Public Utility Easement in the Cooner Addition to allow for development.
Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:
Creek Meadows Rezoning
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve a request to change the base zoning from Townhouse with attached single-family homes to General Suburban with detached single-family homes for about 15 acres at the southwest corner of Victoria Avenue and Creek Meadows Boulevard North. The proposed development will blend into the surrounding detached single-family residential phases.
Neighborhood Conservation Overlay
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve amendments to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance regarding the neighborhood conservation overlay. Two people spoke during the public hearing.
An earlier motion to change the order of the process and remove the final verification passed by a 5-1 vote. Mayor Mooney voted against the motion.
After a public hearing, the council voted 4-2 to approve amendments to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance regarding impervious cover. Mayor Mooney and Councilwoman Linda Harvell voted against the motion. Six people spoke during the public hearing in opposition to the changes.
The amendments implement a requirement for the maximum percentage of impervious cover for residential development to address concerns about lot-by-lot redevelopment in older neighborhoods.
An earlier motion by Mayor Mooney to postpone the item until March 26 failed by a 5-1 vote.
Mobile Food Vendors
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to clarify existing application requirements for mobile food vendors regarding location, fire prevention, solid waste, and wastewater disposal. The modifications will simplify the application and renewal process, and bring the permit denial, suspension, revocation, and appeal processes into compliance with other permit types.
The amendments apply to new and renewing applications.
City Hall Construction Manager at Risk
The council unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the construction manager at risk contract with Core Construction that accepts the guaranteed maximum price of $1,332,208 for site work for the new city hall. The new municipal building will be a three-story, 79,000-square-foot facility incorporating several departments into a central location. Work is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Francis Drive Rehabilitation Project
The council unanimously voted to approve a $2.64 million contract with Larry Young Paving to replace the pavement with concrete on Francis Drive from Munson Avenue to Shady Lane (remaining from Phase 1) and Walton Drive to Munson (Phase 2). The project also replaces the sidewalk and includes water, wastewater, and drainage improvements.
After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, March 26.
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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March 9, 2020 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: abandonments, audits, CAFR, city hall, code of ordinances, construction manager at risk, Council Meetings, easements, financial reports, Francis Drive Rehabilitation Project, Histotechnology Professions Day, impervious cover standards, mobile food vendors, National Social Work Month, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, UDO, Unified Development Ordinance | Leave a comment
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