Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Eleanor Vessali. Standing (L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney.
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 25. It’s not the official minutes.
The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started. Councilman Bob Brick is not present tonight but is joining the meeting via teleconference.
The council took no action out of its executive session, but Mayor Karl Mooney announced that the future agenda item regarding Thomas Park improvements requested on July 11 has been withdrawn. The contract approved at the meeting will move forward.
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:
Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District
The council reviewed recommendations related to the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district and its associated standards and processes.
Based on lessons learned and direction received over the past year, staff presented potential NCO modifications to the council in March, including amendments to the process, district boundaries, specific NCO standards for inclusion, and the number of unrelated as a part of NCO.
Note: Due to technical difficulties, Councilman Brick left the meeting via teleconference at 6:14 p.m.
Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:
Mayor Mooney suspended the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The workshop will resume after the regular meeting, which will start after a short break.
The regular meeting has started.
Professional Engineers Day
The mayor proclaimed Aug. 7 as Professional Engineers Day to recognize City of College Station engineers for their significant contributions to the community through the application of scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity in solving technical, societal, and commercial problems.
A&M Garden Club, La Villita Awards
The mayor recognized recent awards received by the A&M Garden Club and the La Villita Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In May, the A&M Garden Club won a first-place National Garden Club award in the Historic Preservation Project category for its work with the Parks and Recreation Department and community service projects at Richard Carter Park. The club also for first for its educational publication “Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies.”
The La Villita Chapter of the DAR earned a first-place award in the Historic Preservation Contest for at the Texas DAR state convention in March for its historic preservation work. The South Central DAR also awarded the La Villita Chapter a second-place award for its work at Carter Park and during the 80th College Station Celebration event.
Three people spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.
The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:
The council voted unanimously to approve the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s FY20 budget, which reduces the gate rate for the City of College Station and City of Bryan from $18.50 to $17.50 per ton.
The budget includes $6.8 million in operating expenses, $3.8 million in capital expenses, and $9.54 million in revenue. Total reserves, cash, and investments are $11.23 million.
Street Name Changes
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to rename Greens Prairie Road West and Greens Prairie Trail to enhance emergency response efficiency.
The action changes Greens Prairie Road West to Victoria Avenue between Wellborn Road and Victoria, to Woodlake Drive between Victoria and Woodlake, and to Greens Prairie Road between Highway 6 and the city limits. Greens Prairie Trail between Wellborn and the city limits becomes Greens Prairie Road.
Multi-Family Parkland Dedication
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve modifications to the city’s parkland dedication program to make land dedication requirements proportional and less complex for multi-family developments.
The audit found that a cost-neutral conversion may be achieved by increasing the land dedication requirements from 49 bedrooms to 278 bedrooms per acre for neighborhood parks and 53 bedrooms to 305 bedrooms per acre for community parks.
Cain Road Crossing Closure
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to close the Cain Road crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad with the opening of the new Deacon Drive Union Pacific Railroad Crossing.
Southwood Sidewalk Project
The council voted unanimously to support and authorize a grant application to the Texas Department of Transportation for the Southwood Sidewalk Project to fill a sidewalk gap and help provide a safe route to schools between the Southwood Valley and South Knoll/Southside neighborhoods.
Brazos County MUD No. 2 Consent
The council voted unanimously to consent to the formation of Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 2 and up to four additional municipal utility districts in the Millican Reserve development in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction along Peach Creek between Wellborn Road and Highway 6.
The MUDs will develop, operate, maintain, and issue bonds to finance infrastructure for the districts and levy and assess a tax on district properties to cover associated expenses.
Brazos County MUD No. 2 Partnership
The council conducted the first of two public hearings on a proposed strategic partnership agreement with Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 2 that outlines conditions for district annexation and limited-purpose commercial annexation. No one spoke during the hearing.
The second public hearing is scheduled for the August 22 council meeting when the council can vote on the agreement.
Brazos County MUD No. 2 Utilities
The council voted unanimously to approve a utility agreement covering water, wastewater, and roads with Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 2.
The MUD lies within the Wellborn Special Utility District for water service and itself provides for wastewater treatment and collection, including a treatment plant, shared sewer lines, and lift stations. Roads will be constructed to county standards and owned and maintained by the county.
Brazos County MUD No. 2 Development
The council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Millican Land Development, RB Meadows, and Rock Barn Conservation Partners that regulates development in Brazos County Municipal Utility District No. 2. The agreement addresses land use, density, and compliance with standards comparable to development in the city.
After the council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop meeting will resume.
Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The council returned to executive session to discuss an additional item.
The council meets again on Thursday, Aug. 8.
About the Blogger
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 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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July 25, 2019 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: A&M Garden Club, Brazos County MUD No. 2, budget, BVSWMA, Cain Road, Cain/Deacon Railroad Crossing, Council Meetings, La Villita, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, parking removal, parkland dedication, Professional Engineers Day, Safe Route to Schools, Southwood sidewalk project, street names | Leave a comment
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (about 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.
Here are five items to watch:
July 24, 2019 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: business park, Cain Road, city real property, Council Meetings, economic development, Green Prairie Road West, municipal utility districts, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay | Leave a comment
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 28. It’s not the official minutes.
The workshop has started. The council took no action out of the executive session.
The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:
Historic Preservation Committee Annual Report
The council reviewed the annual report from the Historic Preservation Committee.
Secondhand Dealer Ordinance
The council reviewed a proposed ordinance that would strengthen the consistency of recordkeeping among secondhand dealers, which is defined as those who buy used personal property for resale or lend money on the security of personal property. It includes crafted precious metal dealers and pawnbrokers.
Police say the ordinance will increase the likelihood of intercepting stolen property.
The council reviewed recommendations related to the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay zoning district and its associated standards and processes. Since last summer, the council has received additional information related to neighborhood conservation ordinances in Bryan, and the Heart of Southside NCO process has ended.
Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.
Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge
Mayor Mooney proclaimed the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation throughout April. The eighth annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is designed to inspire residents to make online pledges to reduce their environmental impact and to reap the savings on their water, sanitation, and electricity bills.
National Public Health Week
Mayor Mooney proclaimed next week as National Public Health Week, which has been promoted since 1995 by the American Public Health Association to educate the public, policymakers and public health professionals about issues important to improving public health.
CSFD Class 1 ISO Designation
Representatives from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office officially presented the College Station Fire Department with its Class 1 ISO rating. Most U.S. property insurers use ISO’s Public Protection Classification program to calculate premiums, which are generally lower in communities with a high rating.
Fewer than one percent of the 47,500 fire protection areas in the United States have a Class 1 ISO rating.
Related Blog: CSFD joins elite company with Class 1 ISO rating
One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.
Koppe Bridge Zoning Amendment
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to amend the zoning for Koppe Bridge Bar & Grill on Harvey Road to reduce the landscape buffer and allow additional parking between the restaurant and Harvey Hillsides Creek.
Here are the PowerPoint presentations:
BioCorridor Zoning Amendment
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the zoning for the Research Valley BioCorridor Development Project, which covers about 147 acres between State Highway 47, Raymond Stotzer Parkway, Turkey Creek Parkway, and the city limit. The changes would provide process and design flexibility.
Blocks and Streets UDO Amendment
After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a Unified Development Ordinance amendment to allow more preliminary plans to be approved at the staff level, saving applicants weeks of waiting for a Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
FY19 Bond Authorization
The council voted unanimously to approve the issuance of up to $82 million in FY19 certificates of obligation to fund street, public facilities, electric, water, and wastewater projects, and pay debt issuance costs.
Certificates of obligation are based on the city’s full faith and credit and are paid primarily through the debt service portion of the property tax rate and another funding stream such as utility revenues. The city’s financial advisor recommended the city issue COs for utility projects instead of utility revenue bonds. The utility systems will cover their associated portion of debt service through utility revenues.
Francis Drive Emergency Contract
The council voted unanimously to approve a $334,000 emergency construction contract with Larry Young Paving to complete the rehabilitation of Francis Drive from Shady Drive to Glenhaven Drive. The previous contract was terminated, and the emergency contract is necessary to protect public health and safety.
General Parkway Extension Change Order
The council voted unanimously to approve a $63,467.50 change order to the contract with Palasota Contracting for the General Parkway Extension North Project, which includes the extension of General Parkway to Cain Road.
At the start of the excavation and embankment operation, the contractor found soft soil and the removal of two inches of soil per specification direction did not remedy the situation. The change order is for the removal of up to three inches of soil with additional stabilization and imported fill to remedy the poor conditions.
The extension of General Parkway will allow for improved transportation flow after the closing of the railroad crossing at Cain Road and Wellborn Road.
City Manager Bryan Woods introduced Barbara Moore and Brian Piscacek as assistants to the city manager. Moore moves over after about 12 years as neighborhood services coordinator, while Piscacek served almost seven years as a community development analyst.
The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.
Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, April 11.
March 28, 2019 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: BioCorridor, Certificates of Obligation, Class 1 ISO Rating, Council Meetings, Francis Drive, FY19 Bond Authorization, General Parkway, Historic Preservation Committee, Koppe Bridge, Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge, National Public Health Week, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, Night of Hope against Human Trafficking, school zones, Secondhand dealers, speed limits, traffic signals, Zoning | Leave a comment
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.
March 27, 2019 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: BioCorridor, capital projects, Council Meetings, Francis Drive, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, school zones, traffic signals, Zoning | Leave a comment
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 14. It’s not the official minutes.
The workshop has started. No action was taken out of the executive session.
February 14, 2019 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: 2-1-1, advance funding agreement, audit commitee, BioCorridor, committees, Council Meetings, Eastgate, Heart of Southside, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, parks board, rezoning, roundabouts, Shen Yun Performance Days, Southside, TxDOT | Leave a comment
Here are five items to watch: (more…)
February 13, 2019 | Categories: City Council, Public Communications | Tags: advance funding agreement, charter amendments, city charter, competitive bidding, Council Meetings, Heart of Southside, Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, overlays, roundabouts, Southside, TxDOT, zoning districts | Leave a comment
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