In the last nine months, we’ve seen many people discover and explore College Station’s 54 wonderful parks. We’ve especially noticed that more people are using the fabulous Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail. With so many people using the trail, proper etiquette is necessary if we want safe and enjoyable experiences for all. Here’s some simple suggestions. Continue reading Practice courtesy on Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail
Both sessions are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and online at cstx.gov/cstv19. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the website.
The workshop meeting has started. Councilwoman Julie Schultz is absent tonight.
By Colin Killian, Communications Manager
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m. est.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- Bond Citizen Advisory Committee: In the workshop, the council will receive the Bond Citizen Advisory Committee’s recommendations for projects to include in a possible bond election in November. The committee was created to assess the city’s transportation, parks and facility needs.
- Arts Council Presentation: The Arts Council of Brazos Valley will award $10,000 in scholarship funds to five graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue the arts in college.
- Eisenhower Street Extension: The council will consider a $478,339 contract for the extension of Eisenhower Street from Ash Street to Lincoln Avenue. The project would include a two-lane road, a five-foot wide sidewalk, a 12-inch water line, a sewer manhole and sewer line, and street lighting along Eisenhower Street.
- Lick Creek Hike & Bike Trail: The council will consider a $3.2 million contract for a hike and bike trail from Creek View Park to Lick Creek Park. The project would include on-street improvements west of State Highway 6 and a multi-use path between Highway 6 and Fitch Parkway and along Pebble Creek Parkway connecting Creek View Park to Lick Creek Park.
- Joint Annexation Task Force: The council will appoint three of its members and a chairperson to serve with three Planning & Zoning Commissioners on the Joint Annexation Task Force. The group will update the timing, priorities and phasing of future annexations.
By Colin Killian, Communications Manager
The College Station City Council gathers Monday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- Delinquent Accounts Audit: In the workshop, the council will receive a report from the city’s internal auditor on how Utility Customer Service collects and manages delinquent accounts.
- Proclamations and Recognitions: The council will recognize College Station High School’s first graduating class and present proclamations recognizing National Public Works Week and National Bike Month.
- Ringer Library Expansion: The council will consider a $106,800 contract for the programming and conceptual design for the Larry J. Ringer Library Expansion Project.
- Lick Creek Hike & Bike Trail: The council will consider a $3.2 million contract for a hike and bike trail from Creek View Park to Lick Creek Park as part of the Lick Creek Hike & Bike Trail project.
- Rock Prairie Road West Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider amending the city’s Comprehensive Plan and rezoning map to allow for the development of a convenience store with fuel sales at the southwest corner of Rock Prairie Road West and Holleman Drive South.
This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, May 22. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started.
Council Agenda Discussion
The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. These items were pulled for workshop discussion:
- Tax Abatement Guidelines: State law requires that cities adopt guidelines every two years regarding tax abatements for economic development. The proposed guidelines are unchanged from those adopted in 2012.
- Bee Creek Trunk Line Change Order: The construction contract approved in 2013 included a line item of 7,302 linear feet of aggregate grade 4 crushed stone embedment that was bid at a unit cost of $34 per linear foot. The total cost of $248,268 was not included in the contract total of $2,269,045. Due to groundwater encountered during the installation of the sewer line, 7,046 linear feet of crushed stone embedment was used. This change order adds this line item cost for a total addition of $239,564 to the contract.
- Verizon Long Distance: The city was notified in April by Verizon that its existing Verizon long distance plan was being discontinued on June 15 and that the city needed to transition to a new plan to avoid a loss or disruption in long distance service. The only competitively bid contract available for Verizon service is offered through MiCTA, a purchasing group serving public sector and non-profit entities. Two years of service is estimated at no more than $70,000.
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: Continue reading “Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings”