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:
- ETJ and Annexation Plan: In the workshop, the council will hear an overview of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and annexation plan, including the status of several non-annexation development agreements that are expiring soon.
- Sanitation Audit and Rate Study: Another workshop item is an internal audit of the city’s sanitation operations and a recent study on sanitation rates.
- Architectural Advisory Committee: The final workshop discussion will be about the possible creation of an architectural advisory committee to provide the city council additional input into the planning of municipal facilities.
- Carters Creek Treatment Plant Improvements: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $1.97 million contract for improvements to the electrical system at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- Medical District Sewer Line: Also on the consent agenda is a participation agreement for the construction of a new sewer trunk line in the Medical District. College Station Town Center, Inc., needs a new line to serve its planned development, and the city needs one along the same route to transfer flows from other areas to the expanded Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD), or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.
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 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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RUMOR: The City of College Station is playing a large financial role in the development of the new Scott & White Hospital at Rock Prairie Rd. and State Hwy. 6.
FACTS: Erroneous information and misconceptions persist about the City of College Station’s participation in the new Scott and White Hospital and medical campus. As approved by the city council, the city’s cost participation in this major investment in the community involves two infrastructure items:
- $1.1 million in sewer infrastructure will be constructed to provide city sewer service to the S&W hospital as well as the surrounding service area. Scott & White will contribute $500,000 in cash and land to pay for their part of this project, and the city will fund the remaining portion for the surrounding area, similar to an oversize participation agreement.
- To allow Scott & White to bury all of the aerial electrical lines fronting the new hospital site, the city has agreed to bore under SH 6 at a cost of $80,000. Scott & White is responsible for the total cost of the electrical work at the site, which is estimated at $1.3 million.
Neither of the projects involving the city will occur on Scott & White’s property and no public funds will be paid directly to Scott & White for the long-term realization of this project.
In exchange for these two cost-participation items, the city will receive $130 million in new capital investment at the site in the project’s initial phase. In addition, this investment will include approximately $30 million in taxable investment and will create more than 600 new high-paying jobs representing a projected annual payroll in excess of $40 million.
Source: City of College Station’s Economic and Community Development Department