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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 25)

(L-R): Bob Brick, Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, Karl Mooney (mayor), John Nichols, Barry Moore, James Benham.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 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.

5:03 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken out of executive session.

5:21 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • Annexation Plan: The proposed ordinance directs staff to prepare a service plan for the area west of College Station identified for annexation. The service plan will contain the details related to the provision of specific municipal services to the property upon annexation and must be complete and available for public inspection before the public hearings. The ordinance also establishes the two required public hearings: March 19 at 6 p.m. and March 22 at 6 p.m., both at city hall. A fiscal impact analysis will be performed as part of the annexation process. 
  • Water Oversize Participation: The city is requesting construction of an 18-inch water transmission line associated with the development of the Brazos Valley Auto Complex. The developer’s engineer demonstrated that a 12-inch water line was adequate for the proposed development. The agreement covers the difference in cost between the 12-inch water line and the 18-inch water line along State Highway 6 South. A total of $149,805.60 is recommended for this project from the Water Capital Improvement Projects Fund.
  • Pershing Point Parking Removal: The proposed ordinance removes on-street parking on the north side of Hayes Lane from the intersection with Towers Parkway west to Papa Bear Drive, on both sides of Regiment Way, and on the north and west sides of Papa Bear Drive from the intersection with Towers Parkway and extending west and south to 120 feet southwest of the intersection with Hayes Lane. The developer of the Pershing Pointe Villas subdivision chose to construct a standard-width residential street and remove some on-street parking to comply with the Unified Development Ordinance. No parking signs were installed when the roads were built. 
  • Summit Crossing Parking Removal: The proposed ordinance removes on-street parking on the north side of Alamosa Street between Summit Crossing Lane and Dakota Lane, on the south side of Buena Vista between Summit Crossing Lane and Dakota Lane, on the east side of Dakota Lane between Alamosa Street and Buena Vista, and on both sides of the public alley between Alamosa Street and Buena Vista. The developer of the Summit Crossing subdivision chose to construct a standard-width residential street and remove some on-street parking to comply with the Unified Development Ordinance.No parking signs were installed when the roads were built. 
  • Holleman South Widening: The $9.44 million project will reconstruct Holleman from North Dowling to Rock Prairie Road West. Improvements include replacing the two-lane asphalt pavement with a four-lane concrete section, a median/center turn lane, curbs, gutters an underground storm sewer, a sidewalk on the west side, and a multi-use path on the east side. The project also includes the installation of a traffic signal at Rock Prairie West and the new elementary school entrance, as well as illumination along the corridor.

5:38 p.m.

Historic Preservation Committee

The council reviewed the Historic Preservation Committee’s annual report.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

5:42 p.m.

Procurement Card Program Audit

The council received the results of an audit of the city’s procurement card program, which found the city is mitigating risk, encouraging the efficient and effective use of procurement cards, and achieving the program’s objectives. The report said some controls could be strengthened to further reduce risk. For the full document, go to pages 7-23 in tonight’s workshop packet.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:47 p.m.

Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts

The council discussed providing additional flexibility in single-family Neighborhood Conservation Overlay districts.

Overlay districts are designed to provide additional standards for new construction and redevelopment in established neighborhoods to promote development that is compatible with the neighborhood’s existing character. A primary goal is to balance the need for the renewal of vacant or underused properties.

Planning and Development Services Staff is working with the Southside neighborhood on an application to form an NCO District for the College Park, Oakwood, and Dulaney neighborhoods. The neighborhoods feel the Unified Development Ordinance language governing NCO options are overly restrictive and rigid and asked for additional flexibility to allow more customization to better target neighborhood issues without overregulating other areas.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:56 p.m.

Arts Council Building Renovation

The council discussed the renovation of the Arts Council building on Colgate Drive and its use as a community center that emphasizes senior programming. The $973,000 project includes reconfiguring the layout to better accommodate community activities, addressing ADA issues, and replacing the HVAC.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:56 p.m.

Mayor Mooney suspended the workshop until after the regular meeting, which will begin after a short break.

7:07 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:13 p.m.

Historical Marker Presentations

Two historic markers were presented by College Station’s Historic Preservation Committee.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

Plaque No. 92 will be placed on the home at 700 Thomas, which is owned by Jim and Stephanie Russ. This home, built in 1953, is the former residence of Dr. O.D. Butler and his family. The late Dr. Butler was a legendary figure in the history of Texas A&M through his leadership in agriculture. The Russes are pictured with Mayor Mooney and HPC Chairman Lou Hodges.

Plaque No. 93 will be placed on the home at 601 Montclair, which is owned by Jeff and Brenda Hood. This home — likely built by members of Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets in 1910 or 1911 — is among the original faculty homes to have been moved from campus into a nearby neighborhood. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney and Chairman  Hodges is resident Paul Dutton.

7:16 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army Sgt. Glenn D. Hicks, Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 24-year-old College Station native died April 28, 2007, when he was struck with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire during combat operations in Salman Park, Iraq.

7:17 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $560,900 contract to JaCody Construction to purchase and replace screw lift pumps at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A change order decreasing by $52,182 a contract with McDonald Municipal & Industrial. The new contract total is $1,074,287.
  • The second reading of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • Annual tire purchases and retread services not to exceed $230,000 from Southern Tire Mart through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative.
  • An annual blanket purchase order not to exceed $120,000 with Siddons-Martin Emergency Group for repair parts and labor for fire trucks through the BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative.
  • An ordinance directing staff to prepare a service plan and establish public hearing dates and times for the annexation of about 65 acres on the city’s west side.
  • A $149,805.60 oversize participation agreement with Bkck Ltd. for a new water main along State Highway 6 South near its intersection with Sebesta Road.
  • Removed parking on the north side of Hayes Lane from the intersection with Towers Parkway west to Papa Bear Drive, on both sides of Regiment Way, and on the north and west sides of Papa Bear Drive from the intersection with Towers Parkway extending west and south to 120 feet southwest of the intersection with Hayes Lane.
  • Removed parking on the north side of Alamosa Street between Summit Crossing Lane and Dakota Lane, on the south side of Buena Vista between Summit Crossing Lane and Dakota Lane, on the east side of Dakota Lane between Alamosa Street and Buena Vista, and on both sides of the public alley between Alamosa Street and Buena Vista.
  • A $9.44 million contract with Larry Young Paving for the construction of the Holleman Drive South Widening Project.
  • A resolution for the Strong and Sustainable Grant Program that repeals a previous resolution and delegates authority to the city manager to administer and implement the program policy.

7:45 p.m.

Rezoning in 200 Block of Holleman

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning district boundaries to Planned Development District for about 5.6 acres in the 200 block of Holleman Drive in the Pooh’s Park Subdivision. The change will allow the development of 62 detached townhouses designed for students.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

8:44 p.m.

Land Use at Rock Prairie and Fitch

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to deny a request to change the land use designation to General Commercial and Natural Areas Reserved for about 35 acres north of the intersection of Rock Prairie Road and William D. Fitch Parkway. Councilmen Jerome Rektoik and Barry Moore voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:56 p.m.

Rezoning on Greens Prairie Road West

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning district boundaries to Planned Development District for about eight acres at 3596 Greens Prairie Road West. The change will allow the development of senior assisted-living housing that looks similar to nearby homes.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

9:57 p.m.

Parks & Recreation Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Ann Hays to another term on the Parks & Recreation Board.

9:59 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

9:59 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting and will resume the workshop.

10:00 p.m.

The council discussed its calendar and received committee reports.

10:00 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop. The council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 11)

(Standing, L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, James Benham. (Sitting, L-R): Linda Harvell, Karl Mooney (mayor), Barry Moore.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 11. 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.

5:51 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken out of executive session.

6:13 p.m.

Affordable Housing Developments

The consensus of the council was to support an affordable housing development through the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit. The city received proposals for six senior developments and one family development. A resolution of support for the application is part of tonight’s consent agenda.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:14 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended and will resume after the regular meeting.

6:14 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:21 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Two people spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army Capt. Eric A. Allton as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial The 34-year-old Houston native died Sept. 26, 2004, when he was struck by a mortar round in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
  • Nate Tidwell invited the council to join the Red Cross on Saturday, Jan. 20 to promote smoke alarm safety.

6:33 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • A change order of $55,043 to a construction contract with Acklam Construction for additions or modifications related to ADA compliance and other improvements in The Barracks Park.
  • A $486,761 contract with Palasota Contracting for electric conduit bores across TXDOT right-of-ways.
  • The purchase of three police motorcycles for $61,204.50 from The Ranch Harley Davidson, along with an additional one-year extended warranty ($2,754) and the trade-in of three 2015 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycles for $18,000.
  • A contract not to exceed $1.36 million with Palasota Contracting for concrete curb, gutter and flatwork installation to maintain city infrastructure.
  • A change order of $97,584.48 to a contract with Brazos Paving for concrete curb, gutter, and flatwork.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Brazos Valley Recycling for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • An inter-local agreement transferring surplus radio equipment from the City of College Station to the Rocky Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
  • The second amendment to the Axon Master Services and Purchase Agreement, increasing the term from five to seven years, increasing the contract value from $706,186.31 to $1,166,698.62, and adding new in-car video camera system hardware, including implementation, warranty, and data storage.

This consent item was pulled for a separate vote:

  • The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution of support for The Huntington at College Station’s application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for a 9 percent housing tax credit.

6:44 p.m.

Science Park Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 70-foot wide street and public utility easement in the Science Park Subdivision to allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:46 p.m.

Willow Branch/Oakwood Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon a 7,086 square-foot portion of a 10-foot wide public utility easement on the Willow Branch and Oakwood school sites.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:58 p.m.

UDO Amendment – Nonconforming Uses

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to provide additional flexibility and leniency on non-conforming uses and structures.

A non-conforming use or structure are properties developed under a previous set of regulations but don’t comply with the Unified Development Ordinance. Allowing for a broader range of modifications can encourage incremental infill and redevelopment, especially on challenging sites.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:00 p.m.

Southside Plaza Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to General Commercial and Natural Areas Protected for 2.26 acres at 4075 State Hwy. 6 South, which is the site of the former Silk Stocking nightclub. The change will allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:05 p.m.

University Heights Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Multi-Family to General Commercial for about 5 acres along Holleman Drive between Paloma Ridge Drive and Kenyon Drive. The change will allow for development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:24 p.m.

Spring Creek Gardens Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Office to Planned Development District for about 1½ acres at 4320 Decatur Dr. The change will allow for the development of a self-storage facility.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:39 p.m.

Annual Comp Plan/UDO Review

After a public hearing, the council accepted the yearly review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:54 p.m.

Citizen Committee Appointments

The council made citizen appointments to represent the city on various boards and committees. We’ll fill in the appointment list after the meeting.

Architectural Advisory Committee: Bradford Brimley and Ward Wells

B-CS Library Committee: Larry Ringer (chair) and Daniel Rudge

Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenways Advisory Board: TBA

Design Review Board: Jesse Durden

Parks & Recreation Board: Michael Bota, Joel Cantrell, Paul Dyson, Megan Fuentes, and Madeline Giroir

Planning & Zoning Commission: Dennis Christiansen, Jane Chair (chair), Casey Oldham, and Elianor Vessali

Zoning Board of Adjustments: Randal Allison (alternate), Sherri Echols, Justin Lopez, Howard Mayne (alternate), and Keith Roberts (chair)

7:54 p.m.

Arts Council Appointment

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Patricia Burchfield to another term on the Arts Council board.

7:55 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, and Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The workshop will resume after a short break.

8:04 p.m.

The workshop has resumed. Mayor Mooney announced that the items regarding the procurement card audit and the neighborhood conservation overlay districts have been moved to the Jan. 25 meeting.

8:25 p.m.

New Police Station Design

The council voted unanimously to approve the final design concept for the new $28 million police facility at the corner or Krenek Tap Road and Dartmouth Street.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:30 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports.

The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 25.

 


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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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its first workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings of the new year.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts: In the workshop, the council will discuss additional flexibility for the single-family Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District. The proposed changes would allow more customization to better target neighborhood issues without overregulating other areas.
  2. Low Income Housing Tax Credits: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the need for more affordable rental units in College Station, summaries of Fair Housing requirements and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, and recent development proposals.
  3. New Police Station Design: The council will hear a workshop update about the latest design concept for the new police station.
  4. Southside Plaza Rezoning: After a public hearing in the regular meeting, the council will consider a request to rezone just over two acres at 4075 State Highway South to allow for development. The property is the former site of the Silk Stocking nightclub.
  5. Nonconforming Structures: After a public hearing, the council will consider amending the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to provide flexibility for non-conforming uses and structures. Non-conforming properties are those that were developed under previous regulations but no longer comply with the UDO.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channels 19 or online. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Nov. 9)

Back (L-R): Linda Harvell, Jerome Rektorik, James Benham, Barry Moore. Front (L-R): Blanche Brick, Mayor Karl Mooney, Julie Schultz.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Nov. 9. 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.

5:17 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken out of executive session.

Councilman James Benham is participating by teleconference.

5:33 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • Architectural Advisory Committee: The five-member committee will consist of not more than three council members and two qualified citizens appointed by the council. The committee’s purpose is to “review and make recommendations on scope and schematic design for the exterior of vertical projects and the aesthetic finishes on linear projects.”
  • Greens Prairie-Arrington Cost Participation/Contract: Two items concern the addition of a traffic signal and other improvements at the Arrington Road-Greens Prairie Road intersection. The first is a cost participation agreement with the landowner and the second is a $650,000 construction contract with Palasota Contracting.
  • Cooner Street Parking Removal: The ordinance would remove parking on the south side of Cooner Street from Texas Avenue to the cul-de-sac, around the cul-de-sac, and on the north side of Cooner to the west of the intersection with MacArthur Street. Severe traffic congestion has been witnessed on Cooner because of parking on both sides of the street. School buses also are unable to complete their bus routes without drivers knocking on doors to have cars moved.

6:03 p.m.

New Police Station Design

The council reviewed fresh design concepts for the new police station that reflect the council’s desire for a traditional theme with elements such as a pitched roof, arches, columns, and a clock tower. The council directed the architect to bring back additional information as quickly as possible.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:27 p.m.

Future City Hall Location

The council voted 4-2-1 to select the current city hall property at 1101 Texas Ave. as the site for a future city hall building. Councilwomen Blanche Brick and Julie Schultz voted against the motion, and Mayor Karl Mooney abstained. Basic concepts and site layouts were discussed for each of three proposed locations. The design process is tentatively scheduled to begin in FY18, with construction planned for FY19.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:36 p.m.

Student Housing in Single-Family Neighborhoods

The council discussed potential short-term and long-term options to mitigate the impact of student housing in established single-family neighborhoods, including minimum parking requirements, accessory structures, and single-family overlays. The consensus of the council was to schedule a further discussion for another workshop. 

Issues include an increasing number of student rental properties that impact neighborhood character, high market demand to re-plat and rebuild homes on single-family lots as student rental housing, and concerns about traffic, noise, and trash.

The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended the following actions for consideration:

  • Amend the single-family parking requirements for new construction in areas designated Neighborhood Conservation on the Comprehensive Plan to require one parking space per bedroom.
  • Amend the accessory structures code to allow living quarters to be rented with some limitations.
  • Amend the single-family overlay code section to allow additional options for inclusion in Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:36 p.m.

The workshop has been suspended and will resume after the regular meeting, which will start after a short break.

7:47 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:53 p.m.

B-CS Regional Association of Realtors

Mayor Mooney recognized Nov. 16 as the 50th Anniversary of Bryan-College Station Regional Association of Realtors

7:56 p.m.

CSU’s Rowe Cited for Lineman Rodeo Performance

Mayor Mooney recognized College Station Utilities Lineman Justin Rowe for winning three of five events in the Annual Apprentice Lineman Rodeo last month at Veterans Park. In his second year as a CSU lineman, Rowe won first place in hurt man rescue, fuse replacement, and obstacle pole. Here’s a short highlight video of the event:

8:01 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Ben Roper recognized Army 2nd Lt. Brian D. Smith as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 30-year-old McKinney native died July 2, 2004, when he was shot in combat in Habbaniyah, Iraq.

8:04 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • A participation agreement with OGC Greens Prairie Investors to share the costs of intersection improvements at Greens Prairie Road and Arrington Road.
  • An interlocal agreement with Texas A&M for sharing the costs of pedestrian improvements at the intersections of FM 60 with Discovery Drive and the Large Animal Clinic driveway.
  • A $51,185.04 credit change order to an existing contract and a new emergency contract for $135,887.30 with Blastco to repair a concrete foundation at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A $651,494.05 contract with Palasota Contracting for the Greens Prairie and Arrington Road Intersection Improvements Project.
  • A $439,126 contract with Marek Brothers Construction for renovations to the Traffic Operations Center.
  • Removal of parking on Cooner Street from Texas Avenue to near the cul-de-sac to the intersection with MacArthur Street.

The council voted separately on this consent item:

  • By a 7-0 vote, the council created an Architectural Advisory Committee, which will consist of no more than three council members and two citizens, preferably qualified, appointed by the council.

10:25 p.m.

Eastgate Neighborhood Plan Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted 4-2 to amend the Eastgate Neighborhood Plan to allow for vehicular access from Lincoln Avenue to a proposed Planned Development District (PDD) at 801 Lincoln Avenue. Councilwomen Blanche Brick and Linda Harvell voted against the motion, and Councilman Barry Moore recused himself.

The PDD request proposes multi-family and commercial uses on the interior property, and single-family land uses fronting Lincoln Avenue. The amendment removes language from the Eastgate plan that restricts vehicular access between multi-family/commercial and single-family uses.

Fifteen people spoke during the public hearing, and most were against the change.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:01 p.m.

University Town Center Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a request to change the zoning designation from General Suburban to Planned Development District for about 7½ acres at 801 Lincoln Avenue. The plan calls for multi-family and commercial uses on the interior property, and single-family land uses fronting Lincoln Avenue. Councilman Moore recused himself from the vote.

Seven people spoke during the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:02 p.m.

The council is taking a short break

11:10 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

11:12 p.m.

Corsair Drive Right-of-Way Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to abandon a 0.132-acre portion of right-of-way on Corsair Drive to allow for development. Councilwoman Julie Schultz recused herself from the vote.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:14 p.m.

Corsair Drive Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to abandon a 0.083-acre portion of a 20-foot wide public utility easement on Corsair Drive to allow for development. Councilwoman Schultz recused herself from the vote.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

11:15 p.m.

Brazos Central Appraisal District Appointments

The council voted unanimously to reappoint Ron Kaiser to the Brazos Central Appraisal District board of directors. The current term expires Dec. 31.

11:16 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

11:19 p.m.

The remaining workshop item about suburban commercial zoning districts has been pulled and will be discussed at a later date.

The council has gone into executive session.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20.

 


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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Sept. 26)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 26. 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.

6:06 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:06 p.m.

Templin Appointed City Manager

Kelly TemplinThe council unanimously approved the appointment of Kelly Templin as city manager. Templin has been the city manager in Seabrook for the last two years after serving as deputy city manager there from 2007-11. He was the City of College Station’s Director Development Services from 2002-04.

Templin is a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M (environmental design) and also earned his master’s degree from A&M (urban and regional planning) in 1991. Deputy City Manager Kathy Merrill has served in an interim capacity since Frank Simpson died of a heart attack on April 27.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 25)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 25. 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.

6:01 p.m.

The workshop has started. Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilmember James Benham are absent tonight.

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Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]Here are five items to watch when the College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings:   (more…)


Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (March 28)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 28. 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.

6:07 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:08 p.m.

Simpson named city manager

Frank SimpsonThe council unanimously voted to select Frank Simpson as city manager. Simpson was named interim city manager in January when David Neeley retired. He had served as deputy city manager since 2011, overseeing  Public Works, Water Services, and the Electric Utility. Simpson came to the City of College Station after serving as city manager of Missouri City for seven years (2004-11). He previously served as city manager of Webster (2001-04) and Center (1995-01), and was an assistant city manager in La Marque (1994-95).

Simpson began his long municipal government career as a public utilities worker for the City of College Station in 1986 while attending Texas A&M. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and a master’s in public administration from A&M in 1990. Simpson worked in various administrative capacities with the City of College Station from 1989-93. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Feb. 28)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 28. 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.

6:13 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:16 p.m.

Mayor Nancy Berry proclaimed March as National Nutrition Month with a presentation to the Mid East Texas Dietetic Association (METDA). Pictured below with the mayor (right) is Meghan Windham, president-elect of METDA. (more…)


Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Nov. 8)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Nov. 8. 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.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Council member Katy-Marie Lyles is absent tonight.

6:22 p.m.

Employer Support of Guard/Reserves

Since Veteran’s Day is Sunday, the council received a special workshop presentation on the city’s support and hiring of veterans, and their participation in the Guard and Reserve. The council also recognized several service member/employees in attendance.

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How planning affects your quality of life

Did you know your eyes process more information than your brain can ever put into words? 

Look around you, and what do you see?  A phone?  A computer?  A framed picture of the dog?  A spot that was missed the last time you dusted? If you happen to stop by my house, you’re welcome to overlook that last one.

Those questions were easy. But did you also note the light blue paint on the walls?  The texture of the leaves on the potted fern?  The plaid pattern on the upholstered chair?  Now we’re talking. 

Did the hue of the walls remind you of your beach vacation?  Did you remember you haven’t watered that plant in weeks? Did you think about how the dog curls up for a nap at the foot of the same chair every afternoon? If you did, I’m impressed.

Let’s go a final step: Did you notice how your surroundings made you feel? Happy?  Pressured?  Relaxed?  Even if you didn’t, it probably had a subconscious impact.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Aug. 23)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 23. 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.

6:01 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:04 p.m.

Mayor Berry proclaimed September as Library Card Sign-Up Month.

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City Council Meeting Preview (August 23)

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, August 23. 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.)

Wastewater Collection Projects

The council will hear a report on the status of major wastewater collection construction projects, which will require significant capital investment in the next decade to meet demands and enable development. The major projects they will discuss are the Bee Creek Trunk Line, Wellborn Gravity Sewer Line, East Side Sewer System, Northeast Trunk Line, and the Spring Creek Corporate Campus and Lick Creek Trunk Lines.

South Knoll-The Glade Utility Rehabilitation Project

The council will receive a presentation on the South Knoll-The Glade Utility Rehabilitation Project. The council will consider the construction contract for the project as part of the consent agenda. The project includes the rehabilitation of water and wastewater utility infrastructure in the area generally bordered by Glade Street, Haines Drive, Langford Street and Bee Creek Drive.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Feb. 9)

8:56 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned. The council meets again on Feb. 23.

8:46 p.m.

Joint Neighborhood Parking Task Force

The council unanimously approved the formation of  a Joint Neighborhood Parking Task Force. The task force will consist of members of the city council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilmembers who will serve on the task force are Dave Ruesink, Blanche Brick and Julie Schultz.

8:44 p.m.

Ad Hoc Committee for Arts Council Relations

The council unanimously approved the creation an ad hoc committee to consider topics concerning the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, including the lease agreement for the Arts Council building, and the construction and use of the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Grounds. The subcommittee will consist of three council members and three members of the Arts Council Board of Directors. The subcommittee will be dissolved after completing its report. Councilmembers who will serve on the subcommittee are Julie Schultz, Katy-Marie Lyles and Nancy Berry.

8:39 p.m.

The regular meeting has adjourned. The council is now finishing up what was left of the workshop agenda.

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Residents Play Vital Role in Wellborn Planning

More than 70 Wellborn area residents and property owners gathered Monday night at the Wellborn Community Center to begin working with city officials on a plan to retain Wellborn as a place of lasting value that enriches their lives and those of all College Station residents. Representatives from the College Station City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Manager’s Office were on hand to learn from residents what they value about Wellborn and why they are so passionate about its future.

An Open and Transparent Process

Residents and businesses are encouraged to continue taking an active role in the development of the Wellborn District Plan, which we intend to remain an open and transparent process. A pre-determined plan for the area does not exist, and this initial meeting started the development process. The primary objectives are to ensure that Wellborn does not lose its unique identity while still recognizing it is part of a growing city. The planning process is similar to that used to develop plans for other parts of the city, including the historic Eastgate and Southside neighborhoods, and the more recently developed neighborhoods in the central area of the community.

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City Council Preview (Feb. 9)

 

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

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Police Department Update

Police Chief Jeff Capps will update the council on the state of the College Station Police Department, including a review of 2011 crime statistics.

Recycling Program Update

The council will receive an update on the city’s recycling program and will review previous internal studies along with possible options for the program.

Christmas at the Creek Report

The council will hear a post-event report on Christmas at the Creek, which changed locations and activities from previous years. The Parks and Recreation Department welcomed participation from many non-profit groups, businesses, the Arts Center and numerous churches. Wolf Pen Creek Park was heavily decorated and was a focal point for visitors beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing through New Year’s Day. The major activity nights were located at the Wolf Pen Creek Park complex on Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. Participation was estimated at 20,000 people over the four days, compared to 7,000 who attended the 2010 event at Central Park. The primary costs are part of Parks and Recreation’s operating budget, but sponsors were solicited and secured to help offset expenses.

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State of the City (Part 3): Neighborhood Integrity

This is the third of a six-part series by City Manager David Neeley based on his 2011 State of the City Report.

Addressing Community Development

The HOME and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs provided assistance to more than 3,300 eligible individuals and families in 2011 while also providing over $150,000 to seven local public service agencies, including the Lincoln Recreation Center and Kids Klub

Engaging Neighborhoods

The Planning and Development Services Department continued implementation of the Central College Station Neighborhood Plan, completed the Eastgate Neighborhood Plan and also initiated the Southside Neighborhood and Wellborn District plans that should be completed in 2012.  Additionally, subdivision regulations were updated and six new homeowner and neighborhood associations were developed.  

Improved Police Services

The College Station Police Department continues to work on establishing connections with neighborhoods and individual residents through a number of new and expanded programs.  In 2011, four bicycle officer positions were added to assist with the increasing demands of Northgate and other areas of the city.  In conjunction with several other departments, Police also developed and implemented the City Watch Program, which uses city route drivers and work crews to help spot and report suspicious activity. 

Investing in Parks

The Parks and Recreation Department completed four park improvement projects including Brothers Pond, Woodcreek, Tarrow and Bee Creek parks. The various projects replaced gravel, upgraded sidewalks and bicycle paths, added lighting, and replaced playground and athletic equipment. These upgrades will ensure that our parks are among the best and will continue to serve as a source of enjoyment and leisure for families. 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Jan. 26)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 26. It is not the official minutes.

9:12 p.m.

The regular meeting was adjourned. The next council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 9.

9:11 p.m.

Residential Parking of Recreational Vehicles

At the request of a number of residents, the council heard a presentation about amending the traffic code to prohibit the parking, storing or standing of recreational vehicles on front yards or lawns, including driveways, of residential properties. The presentation was only for informational purposes, but the council voted 5-2 to direct staff to not move forward with the ordinance. Council Members Blanche Brick and Katy-Marie Lyles voted against the motion. In the public hearing, more than 20 people spoke against the amendment.

The code defines recreational vehicles as “any motor vehicle or trailer designed or used as a travel trailer, camper, motor home, tent trailer, boat, boat trailer, camping trailer, or other similar purposes.” The current code allows recreational vehicles to be parked or stored in front yards without exception. However, the vehicles are not permitted to be parked on the street for more than 72 hours in any 30-day period. Under the proposed amendment, recreational vehicles could be parked in residential driveways for up to 72 hours in any 30-day period, and could still be stored in back yards as long as they were screened from public view. Subdivisions zoned A-O Agricultural Open and A-OR Rural Residential, which includes Foxfire, Williams Creek and Bird Pond Estates, would remain exempt because of their required large lot size.

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City Council Preview (Jan. 26)

Here’s a quick overview of some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 26. This blog is not a 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 live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and can also be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Tax Abatement Guidelines 

The council will hear a presentation regarding the city’s tax abatement guidelines, and will later consider adopting the guidelines as part of the consent agenda in the regular meeting. Local governments often use tax abatement as an economic development tool to attract new industry and commercial enterprises, and to encourage the retention and development of existing businesses. According to the Texas Comptroller, more than 700 tax abatement agreements have been executed by local governments in the state since the early 1980s. The presentation will include an overview of the tax abatement process and describe the statutory requirements for entering into an agreement and designating a reinvestment zone, if the city ever wishes to do so.

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Eastgate Neighborhood Plan Provides Focused Direction

As new areas of College Station develop, existing areas age and commonly face shifting market pressures and opportunities. These changes can create new issues and needs that require attention. To help address these needs, the city’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the implementation of a series of small-area and master plans. These include plans for specific neighborhoods and districts as well as for specific infrastructure elements such as streets, sewer and water facilities and parks.

One of the oldest parts of College Station is the Eastgate area, a largely single-family neighborhood anchored by College Hills Elementary School and Thomas Park that includes aging commercial and multi-family properties along its perimeter. Some parts of the neighborhood were built well before the city incorporated more than 70 years ago. The Eastgate area was identified for a neighborhood plan to help address the dynamic market that results from its age and close proximity to Texas A&M and other community facilities.

The College Station City Council on Thursday unanimously approved the Eastgate Neighborhood Plan, which is the second neighborhood planning effort since the Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009. The Central College Station Neighborhood Plan was adopted in 2010.

 Citizen Engagement

Neighborhood plans require an intensive citizen engagement effort, and participation by property owners and residents is essential. The planning process for the Eastgate Neighborhood Plan began last September with a kickoff meeting with neighborhood residents. Since then, several neighborhood meetings were conducted to gather information, identify issues and recognize potential opportunities. The input the city received in these meetings helped shape the plan, which was presented at open houses to receive feedback from area residents.

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City Council Thursday Preview (June 23)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, June 23, at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the complete agenda packets. 

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.) 

State of the Fire and Police Departments

The council will receive updates on the state of the fire and police departments.  The presentation from Fire Chief R.B. Alley will include an overview of the strategic plan, response capabilities and a summary of the department’s projected needs for the next five years. The College Station Fire Department has 121 personnel assigned to five fire stations, fire administration and the Community Emergency Operations Center. The department maintains a Public Protection Classification rating of ISO 2 and responds to more than 6,600 emergency calls annually. Police Chief Jeff Capps’ presentation will include a review of crime statistics and a look at trends observed in the first half of 2011. Capps also will provide an update on the department’s staffing needs, as well as an update related to the new pay structure.

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Thursday’s City Council Preview (June 9)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the complete agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Community Development Activities
The city council will receive a presentation on the city’s community development activities.  Each year, the city is required to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a one-year Action Plan describing projects and activities to be funded with received community development grants.  These Action Plan activities must correspond to the five-year Consolidated Plan. Staff is gathering information for the FY 2011 Community Development Action Plan and budget and will present the proposed plan at a future council meeting. The total amount available next year includes $1,029,301 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $631,793 in HOME Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) funds.

CDBG and HOME funds may only be used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons, aid in the elimination of slum and blighting influences, or meet a particular urgent need. Further, CDBG funds may be used to meet local needs through a wide range of community development activities, while HOME funds may only be used for affordable housing activities. Historically, the city has used these funds for a variety of programs and activities, including affordable housing programs (homebuyer assistance, security deposit assistance, rehabilitation, new construction, minor repairs), funding of direct services to low-income families, and improvements to parks, streets, infrastructure and public facilities in low-income areas. To date, the city has received more than $41 million in federal community development resources under HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), HOPE, and CDBG-R programs.

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