Five things to watch at Monday’s city council meetings

Five things to watch at Monday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (May 22)

gavel[1]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.

6:05 p.m.

The workshop has started.

 6:15 p.m.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Bee Creek Trunk Line Change OrderThe 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.
  3. Verizon Long DistanceThe 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.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 24)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 24. 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.

6:09 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Sept. 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

3:05 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Councilmember Dave Ruesink is out of town.

3:35 p.m.

Conference Center Options

The council heard a brief history of the College Station Conference Center, an overview of its operations and discussed options for its future. The facility was closed in early July because of safety concerns. Staff estimates that necessary repairs and upgrades would cost between $1.6 million and $2.1 million.

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City Council Meeting Preview (Aug. 9)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 9. This blog is not the 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 can also be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)

Proposed City Budget

The council will receive a presentation on the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget. A public hearing will be Aug. 23, and the council is set to adopt the budget on Sept. 13. The council will review the proposed budget at a series of workshops scheduled for Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 20-21.

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