EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the The Eagle on Sunday.
Jan. 11 was my last day as College Station’s city manager, which means the emails have stopped and my once-packed calendar is now clear. After 40 years of public service, this feels pretty good. I’m not quite done yet — I have some other things I’d like to do before begrudgingly accepting the label of “retired.”
I’d like to use this blog to look back at my four very exciting, always challenging, and supremely rewarding years with the City of College Station. As I told my staff during a small reception on my last day, I’ve never worked with a group of professionals — from front-line workers to department heads — more focused on serving the public.
The workshop will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Suddenlink Channel 19 on Wednesday at noon. The meeting also can be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the website.
The workshop meeting has started. Councilmember Jess Fields is absent.
State Legislative Plan
By a 6-0 vote, the council adopted the city’s State Legislative Plan for the 83rd Legislature, which convenes in January. The legislative plan will be used to represent the city’s positions to legislators throughout the session.
The College Station City Council will meet Thursday at city hall for its workshop (4 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. The workshop will break for executive session at 5 p.m. before returning to the agenda at 6 p.m.
You have probably heard about the city’s efforts in recent years to partner with our hospitals and other property owners to develop the Medical District. Centered around the intersection of State Highway 6 and Rock Prairie Road, the district offers a unique economic opportunity.
After nearly two years of work involving hundreds of property owners, stakeholders, health care providers and others, the College Station City Council approved the Medical District Master Plan in October. While this nearly 1,700-acre area offers significant opportunities, its potential is limited by the lack of basic services and infrastructure. Without a strategic approach to managing change in the area, those abundant opportunities may be minimized.
To help overcome these challenges, the city is considering the creation of two tools — Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) and a Municipal Management District (MMD). On Thursday, the city council will hear a presentation from staff and conduct a public hearing on both tools during its 7 p.m. regular meeting.