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

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 27. 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.               

6:05 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman James Benham is participating tonight via teleconference. (more…)


5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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:

  1. Community Development Budget/Action Plan: In the workshop, the council will review the proposed FY18 Community Development Budget and Action Plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  2. Three FM2818 Rezonings: In the regular meeting, the council will consider requests to change the zoning and land use designations for three properties along FM2818 near State Highway 6 to allow for development.
  3. Land Use Change North of TWS: The council will consider a request to change the land use designation for about 100 acres north of the Texas World Speedway to allow for commercial development.
  4. Rezoning on University Drive East: The council will consider a request to change the zoning designation for about 36 acres south of the FM158-University Drive East intersection to allow for infill commercial development.
  5. UDO Amendments: After a public hearing, the council will consider amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance regarding trees in single-family developments, screening of retaining walls, and visual treatment of drainage features.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (May 11)

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, May 11. 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.

6:03 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:03 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. No consent items were pulled for workshop discussion.

6:42 p.m.

Planning & Zoning Commission Plan of Work

The council conducted a joint meeting with the Planning & Zoning Commission to discuss the commission’s 2017 plan of work, which includes the Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood integrity, Unified Development Ordinance regulations, and more.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:01 p.m.

Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

The council discussed the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, a federal project that will invest $400 million over seven years in advanced wireless platforms and research. Texas A&M is one of four universities competing for the project. College Station and Bryan could partner with A&M as testing areas for experimental 5G equipment.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:02 p.m.

Mayor Mooney suspended the workshop until after the regular meeting, which will begin after a short break.

7:08 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:12 p.m.

B-CS Travel and Tourism Week

Mayor Karl Mooney proclaimed May 7-13 as Bryan-College Station Travel and Tourism Week to recognize how travel promotes jobs, economic growth, and personal well-being.

7:16 p.m.

National Public Works Week

The mayor proclaimed May 21-27 as National Public Works Week to recognize public works for providing, maintaining, and improving the structures and services that assure a higher quality of life for the nation’s communities.

7:18 p.m.

National Bike Month

The mayor proclaimed May as National Bike Month to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to try it. Click here for more about biking and here for a map of biking facilities in College Station.

7:23 p.m.

Municipal Clerks-City Secretaries Week

The mayor proclaimed May 7-13 as Municipal Clerks-City Secretaries Week to recognize municipal clerks and the vital services they provide for communities and local governments.

7:55 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Thirteen people spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Ben Roper recognized Army Sgt. Christopher Ramirez as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 34-year-old McAllen native died April 14, 2004, from combat injuries sustained in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Twelve people — most members of iMatter Youth, a climate change awareness group — spoke about their Climate Change Report Card for College Station. They asked College Station to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.

7:56 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Two change orders totaling $226,865.20 to the Greens Prairie Substation contract.
  • A resolution stating that the city council has reviewed and approved the amended investment policy broker-dealer list.
  • Renewal of an agreement with the Wellborn Special Utility District to transfer its water through the College Station water system.
  • An inter-local agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety for the use of the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.
  • A three-year contract not-to-exceed $850,000 annually with Global Payments Direct for merchant card and credit card payment processing services.

8:47 p.m.

Platting & Replatting in Older Subdivisions

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that corrects language from 2012 that inadvertently allowed new lots as small as 5,000 square feet in older residential neighborhoods. Eight people spoke during the public hearing.

The adopted amendment includes additional language that provides flexibility when calculating the average lot width and is described fully in slide No. 6 (version 2) in the PowerPoint presentation:

9:32 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell Parkway Land Use

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Suburban Commercial to Urban for about five acres northwest of the Mitchell Parkway-Raymond Stotzer Parkway intersection. Councilwomen Blanche Brick and Julie Schultz voted against the motion.

The change will allow a multi-family and commercial development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:36 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell Parkway Zoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the zoning designation from Commercial Industrial to Planned Development District for the same property. Councilwomen Blanche Brick and Julie Schultz voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:40 p.m.

Harvey Road Land Use

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the land use designation from Urban to General Commercial and Natural Areas Reserved for about three acres east of Copperfield Parkway and south of Harvey Road. The change will allow for commercial development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:44 p.m.

Pavilion Avenue Thoroughfare Plan Amendment

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved an amendment to the Thoroughfare Plan by changing the classification of Pavilion Avenue from a major to a minor collector. The road is located southeast of the Highway 6-Sebesta Road intersection.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

10:02 p.m.

Certificates of Obligation

The council unanimously authorized the issuance of up to $70 million in certificates of obligation to provide for streets, police station construction, information technology, and electric and water improvements.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:03 p.m.

New Capital Projects, Refunding Bonds

The council unanimously authorized the issuance of up to $36.6 million in bonds for new capital projects ($17.6 million maximum) and the refunding of existing bonds ($19 million maximum) to take advantage of lower interest rates. The refunding will save about $1.4 million over the remaining life of the bonds.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:03 p.m.

The council had no future agenda items to discuss.

10:03 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop meeting will resume.

10:04 p.m.

The council decided to move the item regarding the city’s plan for municipal property to a future date.

10:07 p.m.

The council discussed its calendar and received committee reports and mMayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, May 25.

The council meets again on Thursday, May 25.


About the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after 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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 27)

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, April 27. 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.

6:12 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:13 p.m.

The council unanimously approved a settlement of the city’s claim against Meadowbrook Insurance Group related to insurance coverage for claims made by the city from 2008-12  The city will be paid $120,000.

6:28 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 workshop discussion:

  • Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System: In 2013, The city council approved the first restatement of the inter-local agreement establishing the BVWACS and appointing the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) to act as the managing entity. In accordance with the ILA, proposed operating and capital equipment replacement reserve fund budgets for FY18 were reviewed and approved by the governing board on April 19. Each of the BVWACS Parties (Bryan, College Station, Brenham, Washington County, Brazos County, Texas A&M) has 30 days to review the proposed budgets. If any BVWACS Party does not agree with the proposed BVWACS budgets as presented, it must provide the governing board with a detailed explanation within 30 days. If approved tonight, funding for the city’s share of the BVWACS FY18 operating budget and capital equipment replacement reserve fund budget will be included in Information Technology’s FY18 operating budget.
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute: An initiative of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is developing transportation technologies to improve safety and mobility for roadway users. TTI has the laboratory environment to evaluate these technologies in a controlled setting, but the projects need to be tested under real-world conditions. Components of the city’s Intelligent Transportation System Master Plan (signal communications, central system, Traffic Control Center, and video cameras) would help TTI test and evaluate these technologies. The memorandum of understanding on tonight’s consent agenda outlines the city’s collaboration with TTI on the research, development and pilot demonstration of transportation technologies on local streets. Agreements for deploying specific technologies will be presented to the council at a later date.

6:42 p.m.

Easterwood Airport Update

Easterwood Airport Manager Josh Abramson updated the council on airport projects, including the introduction of a first-class option by American Airlines.

6:56 p.m.

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan

The council heard a report on the ongoing update of the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan. The planning process began in October and has included a community meeting and an online survey. Any changes are scheduled for adoption in the fall.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:11 p.m.

Open Data Portal Update

The council discussed the city’s open data portal, which was launched in late December after almost two years of planning. The website provides public access to financial and other data sets managed by the city.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:13 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.

7:22 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:27 p.m.

Mental Health Month

The mayor proclaimed May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney is Julie Overstreet, director of outreach and development for the National Alliance on Mental Health Brazos Valley.

7:29 p.m.

Drinking Water Week

The mayor proclaimed May 7-13 as Drinking Water Week to recognize and celebrate the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney are Water Resource Coordinator Jennifer Nations and Director of Water Services Dave Coleman.

7:31 p.m.

Public Service Recognition Week

The mayor proclaimed May 7-13 as Public Service Recognition Week to honor federal, state, county and local government employees. We’ll post a photo later.

7:38 p.m.

The Mayor thanked Spencer Davis, Texas A&M’s student representative, for his service. David thanks the council and city staff for their help and support.

7:41 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.

  • Ben Roper recognized Army Sgt. Andrew J. Creighton as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 23-year-old native of Laurel, Delaware, died July 4, 2010, after being injured in combat three days before in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan.

7:42 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System (BVWACS) FY18 operating budget; authorized the city’s quarterly payments of $46,708.75 for an annual total not to exceed $186,834.97; approved the BVWACS FY18 Capital Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund Budget and payment of the city’s share not to exceed $100,923.69.
  • A $139,481 purchase order with Alfa Laval to overhaul the centrifuge at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A $192,000 contract to replace the coatings and make repairs on structural steel components of four clarifier units at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • The refund of $240,180 in unspent parkland dedication funds in multiple park zones.
  • A memorandum of understanding with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to collaborate on the deployment and testing of TTI-developed technology on city streets.
  • A $101,317.17 change order to a construction contract with JaCody, increasing the contract to $2.2 million.
  • The $136,470 purchase of 15 traffic signal cabinets from Paradigm Traffic Systems to provide more flexibility for better traffic signal control within the Intelligent Transportation System.

8:22 p.m.

Emerald Parkway Land Use Change and Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Suburban Commercial to General Commercial for about 11 acres southeast of the Emerald Parkway-Highway 6 intersection. Councilwoman Linda Harvell voted against the motion. Two people spoke during the public hearing.

The changes will allow for development.

8:43 p.m.

After another public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning designation from Light Industrial to General Commercial for the same property and from Light Industrial to Suburban Commercial for an additional 5½ acres. Three people spoke during the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:58 p.m.

Rock Prairie Road Land Use Change and Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the land use designation from Urban, Village Center, Suburban Commercial, and General Commercial to Urban and General Suburban for about 232 acres on the south side of Rock Prairie Road east of Highway 6.

9:20 p.m.

After another public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning designation from Rural to Planned Development District for the same property.

The changes will allow a mixed-use development that includes commercial, office, multi- and single-family residential, parks, and trails. 

Here’s the city’s PowerPoint presentation:

Here’s the presentation by the developer, James Murr:

9:25 p.m.

Harvey Road Land Use Change

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the land use designation from Natural Areas Reserved and Commercial to Natural Areas Reserved and Urban for about six acres at the northwest corner of Harvey Road and Associates Avenue.

The change will allow a multi-family residential housing development. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:34 p.m.

Water and Wastewater System Master Plan

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the new Water System Master Plan.

9:35 p.m.

After another public hearing, the council also unanimously approved the new Wastewater System Master Plan.

Both will require significant capital investment in the next decade.

The plans include water and sewer lines needed to serve growth corridors, and the rehabilitation of existing lines. The plans also identify major water and sewer line connections needed in the existing systems to allow them to operate more efficiently and abide by state regulations.

The line locations and sizes have been determined through system models produced by engineering consultants in coordination with Water Services. The master plan maps identify water and sewer lines to be constructed by private development as it occurs, with the opportunity for oversize participation. The maps are the result of engineering studies performed for the city in the last decade.

The utility line sizes are based on existing development trends and the comprehensive land use plan. Property owners requesting land use plan amendments and rezoning will be required to assess the impact to the water and wastewater system master plans and propose any necessary changes.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:36 p.m.

Historic Preservation Committee Appointment

The council unanimously appointed Councilwoman Linda Harvell as its liaison to the Historic Preservation Committee.

9:40 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

9:40 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, May 11.


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 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 (Feb. 9)

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 9. 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.

6:02 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman James Benham is absent tonight.

6:03 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. No consent items were pulled for workshop discussion.

6:37 p.m.

Affordable Housing Development

The council unanimously supported the concept of an affordable housing development off Rock Prairie Road East and applications by developers for low-income housing tax credits through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The development will still need to come back to council for approval at a later date.

The 2015 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan identified rental housing as a priority need for low-to-moderate income individuals and families, as well as the city’s elderly and disabled populations. The FY17 Action Plan and adopted budget allocate funds for acquisition and infrastructure costs related to supporting the development of affordable housing units.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

7:17 p.m.

Suburban Commercial Zoning Districts

The council reviewed the uses and design standards associated with Suburban Commercial zoning districts.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:20 p.m.

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

The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:29 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:36 p.m.

2-1-1 Day Proclamation

Mayor Karl Mooney proclaimed Saturday as National 2-1-1 Day. United Way of the Brazos Valley’s 2-1-1 Texas program is a free information and referral center that connects residents to community resources. When callers dial 2-1-1, they are connected to specialists who ensure the caller’s specific needs are addressed with accurate and prompt referrals.

Pictured below are (L-R): Debbie Eller (City of College Station community services director), Peggi Goss (vice president of community impact), Mayor Mooney, Hilda Salazar (2-1-1 program manager), Katharine Gammon (program and resource coordinator), and CeAnne Jones (communications and outreach coordinator). 

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7:41 p.m.

Local Housing Assistance Partnerships

The council recognized the city’s collaborative partnerships that address local housing assistance. State Farm also presented a check for $8,900 to Rebuilding Together-BCS, whose mission is to transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their community. Click here to read Community Development Analyst David Brower’s recent blog post about the partnerships.

Pictured below are (L-R): Ron Lightsey (RT BCS board president) Bruce Boyd (State Farm agent), Kelli Smith (State Farm sales leader), Steve Godby (RT BCS executive director), and Janis Godby (RT BCS board secretary/treasurer).  

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7:46 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.

  • Ben Roper recognized Army Spc. Adolfo C. Carballo as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 20-year-old Houston native died April 10, 2004, when he was struck by shrapnel in Baghdad, Iraq.

7:47 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Added the local government investment pool, LOGIC.
  • Added the prime account in the local government investment pool, TexPool.
  • The second renewal of an annual agreement not to exceed $190,000 with the Brazos Valley Softball Umpires Association to provide officiating services for city athletic leagues, programs, and tournaments.
  • Authorized the city manager or his designees to execute grant applications for Criminal Justice Division funds from the Office of the Governor.

9:00 p.m.

Arrington Road Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-0 to approve a request to rezone about 10.5 acres at the intersection of Arrington Road and Old Arrington Road.The change will allow the development of an apartment complex called Caprock 10. Councilman Barry Moore recused himself because of a conflict of interest. 

In the public hearing, seven people expressed concerns about traffic and other issues created by the development.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

9:04 p.m.

Crescent Point Land Use Change

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the land use designation for about six acres at the intersection of Crescent Pointe Parkway and Copperfield Parkway. The change will allow the development of The Crescent Pointe Townhomes. No one spoke during the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:07 p.m.

Crescent Point Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning designation for about six acres at the intersection of Crescent Pointe Parkway and Copperfield Parkway. The change would allow the development of The Crescent Pointe Townhomes. No one spoke during the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:09 p.m.

Stasney and Nagle Easement Abandonments

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a pair of public utility easements on Stasney Street and Nagle Street to accommodate the design of a new apartment complex in Northgate. No one spoke during the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:12 p.m.

RELLIS External Advisory Council

The council voted unanimously to nominate Mayor Mooney to the external advisory council for the Texas A&M University System’s new RELLIS campus. The nomination was made at the request of Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.

9:15 p.m.

The council discussed future agenda items.

9:15 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 23.


14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout 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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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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:

  1. Affordable Housing Tax Credits: In the workshop, the council will discuss applications by developers for state low income housing tax credits. Affordable housing for low-to-moderate income residents has been identified as a high-priority need in College Station.
  2. Suburban Commercial Zoning: The council will also have a workshop discussion about possible changes to Suburban Commercial zoning districts.
  3. Arrington Road Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to rezone about 10.5 acres at the intersection of Arrington Road and Old Arrington Road. The change would allow the development of apartments.
  4. Crescent Pointe Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the land use designation and zoning for about six acres at the intersection of Crescent Pointe Parkway and Copperfield Parkway. The change would allow for the development of townhomes.
  5. RELLIS External Advisory Council: The council will consider possible nominations to the external advisory council for the Texas A&M University System’s new RELLIS campus.

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.

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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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