By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- Wireless Communication Devices: The council will hear a workshop presentation about possibly restricting the use of wireless communications devices such as cellphones while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle.
- Fishing Piers at Parks: The council will consider contracts to repair the fishing pier at Brothers Pond Park and replace the pier at Central Park with one that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Harvey Mitchell/Raymond Stotzer Interchange: The council will consider an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of the interchange at Harvey Mitchel Parkway (FM2818) and Raymond Stotzer Parkway (FM60). The project includes pavement, traffic signals, lighting, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
- Traffic Movement Near Oakwood, College View: The council will consider these changes to traffic movement near Oakwood Intermediate and College View High School: No left turns from Holik Street into the Oakwood and College View driveways; no left turns from Timber Street into the College View driveway; the removal of stopping, standing and parking along streets around College View, Oakwood and A&M Consolidated Middle School; and the addition of a 30-minute parking zone near the schools along Holik Street.
- Impact Fees: After public hearings, the council will consider land use assumptions and capital improvement plans for possible water, wastewater and roadway impact fees.
The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.
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 done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 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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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
It’s no secret that College Station is one of the country’s fastest growing small cities. Our population has increased about 36 percent in the last decade.
Over 103,000 people now call College Station home — and more are on the way. Conservative estimates say we could add another 40,000 residents in the next 10 years, with the student populations at Texas A&M and Blinn College continuing to expand.
With that rapid growth comes a demand for adequate infrastructure and core services related to public safety and parks.
City staff has spent months studying the city’s immediate and long-range needs while consulting with residents and other stakeholder groups. The result is what we consider a responsible FY2016 budget that will help us keep pace with our growth and meet the increased demand for city services we expect in the coming years.
The College Station City Council will meet Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings.
Here are five items to watch on Thursday:
One of the biggest stories in 2011 was the unprecedented drought and relentless heat that affected the state and placed an ever-increasing strain on utility systems statewide. Fortunately, due to the hard work of our Electric Utility and Water Services operators — and conservation efforts — the city survived the summer relatively unscathed.
- College Station Utilities hit an all-time summer load peak of 204 Megawatts on Aug. 28 and weathered several ERCOT emergencies without any significant system failures during the extreme heat.
- Water Services broke the historic monthly usage record in July and broke it again in August with more than 708 million gallons used. Prior to 2011, the highest monthly usage recorded was 600 million gallons in July 2009. Despite this, no new record for peak day usage was set and Stage 2 of our Drought Plan was never implemented.
Twin Oaks Landfill
Following several years of construction and some dispute, the Twin Oaks Landfill operated by BVSWMA, Inc., was opened in June, becoming the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified landfill in operation in the country. The $20 million landfill will serve College Station, Bryan and the surrounding area for upwards of 100 years given current projected usage.