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

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

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 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.

6:06 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

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Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]By Colin Killian, Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Open Data Initiative: The council will receive a workshop presentation about the city’s planned approach to make government data more accessible and useful.
  2. A&M Soccer Recognition: The council will recognize the 2014 Texas A&M soccer team for advancing to the NCAA College Cup for the first time.
  3. Traffic Signal Controllers: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider purchasing 80 replacement traffic signal controllers as part of the city’s Intelligent Traffic System master plan.
  4. Oil & Gas Ordinance: After a public hearing, the council will consider amendments to the city’s oil and gas ordinance, including a road maintenance agreement and associated fees, and a financial assurance agreement to cover bond and insurance requirements.
  5. Annexation Service Plan: The council will consider directing staff to prepare a service plan for the annexation of about 200 acres generally bordered by Wellborn Road, Royder Road and Greens Prairie Trail. The owner of about 70 of those acres petitioned the city for annexation last year.

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A closer look at CS’s oil and gas ordinance update

Copyright: wamsler / 123RF Stock PhotoBy Alan Gibbs, City Engineer

The oil and gas boom has made the United States the world’s top oil producer, thanks largely to oil extraction from shale formations in Texas and North Dakota. Brazos County sits on the eastern edge of one of the country’s largest shale formations, the Eagle Ford, which stretches from the Mexican border to Leon County.

Balancing economic interests with environmental concerns and neighborhood impacts has made drilling and fracking a major issue across the nation. With local oil and gas production thriving, the City of College Station is looking at ways to amend its existing oil and gas ordinance (Sec. 4-13), which hasn’t been updated in more than two decades.

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