City Council Preview (April 26)

Here’s a quick overview of some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 26. This blog is not a complete and official agenda.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the website. A detailed live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and also can be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)

HOT Funds for Wayfinding Program

The council will consider approving $256,000 in hotel occupancy tax funds for the first phase of the wayfinding program implemented by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2005, the BCSCVB and the cities of Bryan and College Station began developing a wayfinding program to provide an easy-to-follow signage system to help visitors find area attractions, facilities, districts and other destinations. The project was suspended due to cost and scope overruns. After Texas A&M announced its new alignment with the Southeastern Conference last fall, the project was resurrected in anticipation of thousands of new visitors and fans visiting the area in 2012.

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City Trims Costs With New Landscape Maintenance Contract

Note: David Schmitz will take over as the city’s Parks and Recreation Director on Monday after serving as interim director since September.

Last month, the College Station City Council approved an innovative new landscape maintenance contract that will save the city approximately $125,000 while increasing the frequency of maintenance at neighborhood parks. The new contract also covers 26 additional park sites, which will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to focus on the maintenance of park assets such as playground equipment and water fountains. 

The contract was the result of a rewarding journey that began last summer, when we began to explore responsible ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs, specifically in regard to grounds maintenance.  To take advantage of economies of scale, the management of all landscape maintenance of city properties — except regional parks and athletic facilities — was consolidated into the Public Works Department.

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