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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (July 13)

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 13. 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.

3:33 p.m.

The workshop has started.

3:43 p.m.

Fire Prevention Audit

The council heard a presentation on the city internal auditor‘s recent Fire Prevention Audit, which found that the city’s Fire Prevention Division is compliant with federal, state, and local laws and regulations and aligns with industry best practices. The audit identified two areas where operations could be improved — annual inspections and the dissemination of information.

Due to the city’s rapid growth, the Fire Prevention Division allocates most of its resources toward new construction reviews and tests, which hinders existing structure inspections. The audit found no evidence of fires that could have been prevented by direct inspector action, but the city could be exposed to unidentified hazards and an unknown level of risk. The Fire Prevention Division’s reporting system also presents inaccurate and limited fire origin-and-cause information, which hinders the division when evaluating the impact and effectiveness of operations.

The audit recommends the division investigate strategies to bolster annual inspection activities and that it develops a process to report fire cause-and-origin information to aid public education and code enforcement efforts.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

3:48 p.m.

Bob Meyer Restricted Gift

The council received an update on the Bob Meyer gift fund. In 2013, Meyer bequeathed a portion of his estate to the City of College Station Parks and Recreation Department for the benefit and advancement of programs for senior citizens. The restricted fund amount received to date is $570,245.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

3:49 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended, and the council has gone into executive session. The live blog will resume when the council returns at 6 p.m.

6:33 p.m.

The workshop has resumed. The council took no action coming out of executive session. Councilman James Benham is out of town but is participating via teleconference.

6:34 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

6:48 p.m.

Legislative Update

The council heard an overview of actions taken by the 85th Texas State Legislature that might impact the City of College Station.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:15 p.m.

Rental Registration Update

The council discussed the city’s Rental Registration program. The council directed staff to bring back changes such as eliminating the renewal requirement and requiring that fourplexes also be registered.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:16 p.m.

Experience Bryan-College Station

The council dropped the discussion of issues related to Experience Bryan-College Station from tonight’s agenda.

7:18 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:28 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:35 p.m.

Technology Excellence Award

Eric Caldwell, Brazos County’s chief information officer and a member the Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers’ Education Committee, presented the Technology Excellence Award to IT Director Ben Roper for the city’s Code Enforcement Mobile Mapping Application. Pictured below are Code Enforcement Supervisor Julie Caler, Caldwell, Mayor Karl Mooney, and Community Services Director Debbie Eller.

7:41 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Two 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 Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Green as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 20-year-old Dallas native died on May 4, 2004, while on a night mission in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Fred Dupriest, a representative of the Southside neighborhood advocacy group, spoke in opposition to the rezoning of a property in the area.

7:42 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $1.13 million contract with McDonald Municipal & Industrial for the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Generator Addition Project.
  • An ordinance a making Newton Road one-way between Aberdeen Place and George Bush Drive.
  • Terminated an economic development agreement with the Research Valley Partnership and PM Realty Group and approved a related Release of Memorandum of Economic Development Agreement.
  • Added No Parking Here to Corner on the east side of Stasney Street extending south 85 feet from its intersection with Cherry Street.
  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) fees of $37,000.
  • Modified the city’s definition and requirements for a special event.
  • A $339,853.30 contract with TF Harper for improvements to various city park playgrounds.
  • A bid award for 15 kV circuit breakers and a 138 kV circuit switcher for the Graham Road Substation Construction Project and to be maintained in inventory. To achieve economy of scale pricing on the 15 kV circuit breakers, capital and operational needs for FY18 projects were combined. The total recommended award is $746,347 and will be awarded by line item to the lowest responsible bidder.
  • Authorized a license agreement with Bracol Developers for a 62-square-foot encroachment into the public utility easement in the Prairie View Heights Subdivision.
  • An amendment to the agreement with Wirestar for the lease of city fiber optic cable facilities.
  • Renewal of contracts estimated at $340,000 with Spherion Staffing and Kelly Services for temporary personnel services.
  • A contract for a grant of $220,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnership Grant Program Community Housing Development Organization Set-Aside funds to Elder-Aid for the acquisition and rehabilitation of two houses at 3400-3402 Normand Drive to be used as affordable rental housing for income-eligible elderly households.
  • A contract for Community Development Partnership Grant funds of $794,000 with Bryan-College Station Habitat for Humanity for the acquisition, development, and infrastructure costs related to the construction of at least eight affordable single-family homes at 14015 Renee Lane.
  • A contract for Community Development Partnership Grant funds of $471,500 to Twin City Mission for the acquisition and rehabilitation costs related to the creation of four affordable rental units at 2404 Blanco Drive. A $110,598 contract with Binkley & Barfield for professional engineering services related to the preliminary design of the FM 2154/Holleman Intersection Safety Improvements Project.
  • A change order decreasing by by $70,631.41 the contract with Binkley and Barfield for the FM 2818 Capacity Improvement Project. The new contract total is $500,471.09.
  • A $397,190.36 contract with Binkley and Barfield for engineering and surveying services associated with the FM 2818 Capacity Improvements Project.
  • Renewal of annual blanket purchase orders not to exceed $1.82 million with Knife River ($1.4 million) and Brazos Paving ($427,000) for Type D hot mix asphalt to be picked up by city crews for the maintenance of streets.
  • A $240,036 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for design and construction phase services for the Southwood Valley Trunk Line Phase I Project.
  • A $266,000 contract with Jones & Carter for the design, bidding, and construction administration for the State Highway 6 Waterline Phase III project.
  • An interlocal agreement with Texas A&M regarding construction and maintenance of sidewalks constructed as part of Phase 2 of the University Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project.

8:20 p.m.

Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay Bid

The council voted 6-1 to reject the low bid from Texcon General Contractors and approve a contract not to exceed $472,000 with Brazos Paving for the construction and or installation of one-inch overlay with specialty mix as needed. Councilwoman Julie Schultz voted against the motion.

The council rejected the Texcon bid because it did not meet criteria in the Texas Government Code. Council also directed staff to create eligibility guidelines regarding bidders and vendors who have committed crimes against the city. 

8:25 p.m.

Southwest Parkway Drainage Bid

The council voted 6-1 to reject the low bid from Texcon General Contractors and approve a contract not to exceed $286,088 with Palasota Contracting for the replacement of storm sewer, sidewalk and other drainage improvements along Southwest Parkway.  Councilwoman Schultz voted against the motion.

The council rejected the Texcon bid because it did not meet criteria in the Texas Government Code. Council also directed staff to create eligibility guidelines regarding bidders and vendors who have committed crimes against the city. 

10:07 p.m.

Pebble Creek Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Restricted Suburban for Block 21 (5201 Pebble Creek Parkway) at the intersection of Pebble Creek Parkway and Champions Boulevard. The motion includes a 25-foot buffer off Champions. Councilwoman Blanche Brick voted against the motion.

The council voted 5-2 to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to General Suburban for Block 20 (5101 Pebble Creek Parkway) at the intersection of Pebble Creek Parkway and Champions Boulevard. The motion includes a 25-foot buffer. Councilwomen Linda Harvell and Brick voted against it.

An earlier motion by Councilman Jerome Rektorik to vote separately on each property block passed by a 6-1 vote. Councilwoman Brick voted against the motion.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

10:08 p.m.

The council will return after a short break.

10:19 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

10:51 p.m.

Harper’s Crossing Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to deny a request to amend part of the Harper’s Crossing Planned Development District and associated concept plan to allow for fuel sales. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:54 p.m.

Stotzer-Turkey Creek Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a request to change the zoning designations for about 18 acres northeast of the intersection of Turkey Creek Road and the Raymond Stotzer Parkway frontage road to allow for development. Councilman Barry Moore recused himself from the vote.

The amendment adjusts the zoning district boundary between the subject properties. The land use composition changes from 12 acres Multi-Family and 5.8 acres General Commercial to 13.2 acres Multi-Family and 4.6 acres General Commercial.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:57 p.m.

The council discussed future agenda items.

10:57 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, July 27.

 


About the Author

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 (Oct. 13)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Oct. 13. 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.

5:20 p.m.

The workshop has started.

5:55 p.m.

Legislative Update

The council received a legislative update and a preview of the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.  

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:07 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled this consent item for workshop discussion:

  • College View School Zone: The proposed 30 mph school zone would be near the new College View High School. It will extend from 200 feet east of Holik Street to about 175 feet west of Timber Street. The zone also extends south along Timber about 160 feet from the intersection with George Bush Drive and north along Bizzell Street about 100 feet from the intersection. Holik Street will also have the 30 mph zone from the end of the existing zone to the intersection with Bush. Texas A&M has given the city permission to install and maintain a flashing beacon on Bizzell to notify motorists coming from campus that they are about to enter a school zone.
  • RVP Funding Agreement: As part of the FY17 budget process, the council approved $350,000 from the general fund for the operations and maintenance of the Research Valley Partnership. Councilman James Benham reiterated his opposition to funding the RVP.
  • ESRI Agreement: The ESRI Small Government Enterprise Licenses Agreement allows the city to use most ESRI products without limits on the number of licenses. The three-year contract has an annual cost of $50,000 and saves money when compared to acquiring the appropriate number of individual licenses and paying for annual maintenance and support agreements.
  • Chamber of Commerce Funding: The Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce will receive $25,000 in hotel tax funds in FY17. Councilman Benham thanked retiring executive director Royce Hickman for his service.

7:20 p.m.

Roadway Impact Fees

The council discussed the Impact Fee Advisory Committee’s written comments about possible roadway impact fees and heard an update on the process for implementation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:20 p.m.

The mayor suspended the workshop until after the regular meeting, which will begin momentarily.

7:31 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:34

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda. Ben Roper recognized Army Spc. Robert Asiaga as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program.

7:38 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $179,760.87 change order for the contract with L.E. Myers Company for additional matting and track equipment due to extreme wet weather conditions on the Spring Creek transmission line upgrade project.
  • A contract not to exceed $750,000 with McCord Engineering for electric engineering services related to the design of the Graham Road Substation.
  • The second renewal of a blanket price agreement not to exceed $136,992 with Cleveland Asphalt Products for emulsified asphalt products for street maintenance. 
  • Renewal of a one-year contract not to exceed $200,000 with Rios Tree Service for landscaping, tree trimming and removal services.
  • A 30 mph school zone on George Bush Drive, Timber Street, Holik Street and Bizzell Street near the new College View High School.
  • Annual water meter purchases of $166,077.52 from Aqua Metric Sales through the Houston-Galveston Area Council contract.
  • The first of two renewal options for the annual EMS supply purchase order not to exceed $80,000 with Boundtree Medical L.L.C.
  • An FY17 funding agreement for $15,000 with the College Station Noon Lions Club.
  • The FY17 budget, a general fund funding agreement for $35,000, and a hotel tax fund funding agreement for $91,000 with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley.
  • FY17 hotel tax affiliate funding and a marketing and public arts support funding agreement for $391,900 with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley.
  • A FY17 funding agreement for $51,190 with Keep Brazos Beautiful.
  • The FY17 budget and a hotel tax funding agreement for $25,000 with the Memorial for all Veterans of the Brazos Valley.
  • The FY17 budget and a hotel tax funding agreement for $2,122,616 with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • The FY17 budget a hotel tax funding agreement for $25,000 with the Bryan/College
  • Station Chamber of Commerce.
  • The FY17 budget and a funding agreement for $102,690 with Easterwood Airport.
  • A FY17 hotel tax grant program funding agreement of $400,000 with the Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • A $150,000, three-year Small Government Enterprise ArcGIS License agreement with ESRI.

The council voted separately on this consent item:

  • By a 6-1 vote approved a FY17 general fund funding agreement for $350,000 with the Research Valley Partnership. Councilman Benham voted against the motion.

8:06 p.m.

Capstone-Barron Realignment

The council voted unanimously to move forward with the reconstruction and alignment of Capstone Drive and Barron Road from Fitch Parkway through Wellborn Road. Barron and Capstone will be realigned to intersect Wellborn Road, and the existing asphalt road will be replaced with concrete.

The $5.6 million project was approved in the FY16 city budget and was among the projects recommended by the 2015 Citizen Advisory Committee.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:09 p.m.

Capstone-Barron Project Easements and Right-of-Way

The council voted unanimously to authorize city staff to negotiate the purchase of right-of-way and easements for the Capstone-Barron Realignment Project.

8:14 p.m.

Wellborn SUD Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Wellborn Commercial for the Wellborn Special Utility District office, which is located on three acres northeast of the Greens Prairie Road West-Live Oak Street intersection.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:29 p.m.

Tarrow Townhomes Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Office to Planned Development District for about 1.6 acres at the intersection of Tarrow Street and Autumn Circle. The change will allow the development of townhouses.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:32 p.m.

Parking Removal on Louise and Second Street

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to remove parking along one side of the 300 block of Louise Street and the 400 block of Second Street to allow aerial fire department access to the proposed Louise Townhomes development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:35 p.m.

Easement Abandonment at A&M Church of Christ

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon part of a public utility easement on the A&M Church of Christ property at 2475 Rudder Freeway.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:01 p.m.

Northgate Mobile Food Court

The council voted 5-2 to approve a conditional use permit for a long-term mobile food court at 203 First Street in the Northgate District. Beer and wine sales must cease at midnight and a minimum of two security officers must be provided from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

Councilmen Steve Aldrich and Karl Mooney voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:01 p.m.

The council is taking a short break.

10:07 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

10:09 p.m.

Easement Abandonment at School Sites

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon part of a public utility easement near the Willow Branch and Oakwood school sites.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:11 p.m.

Summit Crossing Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Planned Development District to Townhouse for about 14.6 acres north of Harvey Road and west of FM 158. The change will allow the continuation of the existing Summit Crossing townhouse development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:13 p.m.

Easement Abandonment on Redmond Drive

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a public utility easement to accommodate the design of a residential development on Redmond Drive.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

10:14 p.m.

BioCorridor Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Johnny Burns to replace Barry Moore as one of the Planning & Zoning Commission’s representatives on the BioCorridor Board. Moore resigned to run for city council.

10:15 p.m.

BVSWMA Board Appointment

The council voted 6-0 to appoint Mayor Pro Tem John Nichols to the BVSWMA, Inc. Board of Directors. Nichols abstained. Mayor Nancy Berry’s term on the board expired Sept. 30.

10:15 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop meeting will resume.

10:18 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports.

The council meets again on Thursday, Oct. 27.


14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout the Author

@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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 25)

2014 CouncilWelcome to the live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 25. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:52 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman Steve Aldrich is absent tonight.

5:57 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:

  • Inter-Local Agreement for ITS Master Plan: The city is developing the Intelligent Traffic System Master Plan in response to population growth and the expansion of Kyle Field. The plan upgrades traffic signal technology and begins addressing congestion issues. Since the program will also result in better traffic management after Aggie football games, the Texas A&M University System wants to give the city $850,000 to expedite implementation of the plan and procure equipment. TAMUS also will provide $150,000 to the Texas Transportation Institute to review and approve the plan before it provides funds to the city.

6:20 p.m. (more…)