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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (May 13)

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 Monday, May 13. 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.

5:01 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action out of the executive session.

5:02 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled no consent items for workshop discussion.

5:45 p.m.

Bicycle Safety

The council heard a presentation about possible policies and programs to help create a safer environment for bicyclists. The discussion included crash data analysis and an overview of areas popular with bicyclists.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:02 p.m.

Energy Efficiency Programs

The council reviewed College Station Utilities’ programs that encourage energy efficiency.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:05 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:13 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:18 p.m.

College Arts Scholarships

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley — through the generous support of local donors — awards multiple scholarships each year to young artists. The College Arts Scholarship is open to graduating seniors in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties who will attend an accredited college or university with a course of study in the arts, culture or heritage fields. 

The 2019 recipients:

College Station High School’s Lindsey Franks was awarded the $5,000 Netta Jackson Simek Emerging Artist Scholarship and plans to study acting at Oklahoma City University.

College Station High School’s Benjamin Moder was awarded a$3,000 scholarship and plans to study design at Carnegie Mellon.

A&M Consolidated High School’s Aimee Deng was awarded a $3,000 scholarship and plans to study painting at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

A&M Consolidated High School’s Jacob Eaker was awarded a $3,000 scholarship and plans to study theatrical design at the University of Texas-Austin.

6:20 p.m.

National Bike Month

Mayor Mooney proclaimed May as National Bike Month.

6:23 p.m.

National Public Works Week

The mayor proclaimed May 19-25 as National Public Works Week.

6:34 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Councilwoman Elianor Vessali recognized Navy Airman Adrian M. Campos as part of the Fallen Heroes Project. The 22-year-old El Paso native died on April 21, 2008, in a non-combat incident in Dubai.
  • Jorge Sanchez spoke about the benefits of protective bike lanes.
  • Robert Rose spoke in support of bicycle safety initiatives.

6:35 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $1.5 million bid award to H&B Contractors (not to exceed $600,000) and Primoris T&D Services (not to exceed $900,000) for annual electric system construction and maintenance labor.
  • The extension of the term of the Employee Health Clinic contract with CHI St. Joseph Health through Dec. 31 to align with the city’s benefit plan year.
  • The city’s emergency management plan that provides a consistent approach to managing natural disasters, man-made disasters or terrorism.
  • Brazos County’s mitigation action plan to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life and property from natural disasters.
  • The reappointment of Brian Hilton as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
  • A $153,394.92 contract with Jamail and Smith Construction for upgrades at the Lincoln Recreation Center basketball pavilion, drinking fountains at Lick Creek Park, and concrete pads for benches at the Cove of Nantucket Park.
  • A $9,925 change order to the TriTech subscription service, license and use agreement related to the police CAD/RMS project.
  • The renewal of an annual contract $9,925 with Brazos Valley Softball Umpires Association to provide officials for city athletic leagues, programs, and tournaments.

6:51 p.m.

FY19 Certificates of Obligation 

The council voted unanimously to authorize $82 million in certificates of obligation to provide resources for a new city hall, streets, parks, information technology, utility improvements, and debt issuance costs.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:56 p.m.

Sewer Line Easement

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to establish public utility easements for the Huntington sewer trunk line along the perimeter of greenways east of Lakeway Drive and north of Fitch Parkway. The city expects no negative greenway impact.

After a public hearing, the council will consider establishing public utility easements for a sewer line along the perimeter of greenways east of Lakeway Drive and north of Fitch Parkway. The city expects no negative greenway impact.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:58 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Board

The council voted unanimously to appoint Kevin Henderson to fill an unexpired term on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The term expires in January.

6:59 p.m.

After the council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, May 23.

 


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 Monday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Monday at city hall for its workshop (about 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Bicycle Safety: The council will hear a workshop presentation about possible policies and programs to help create a safer environment for bicyclists. The discussion will include a review of crash data and areas that are popular with bicyclists.
  2. Energy Efficiency Programs: Another workshop item is a review of programs offered by College Station Utilities that encourage energy efficiency.
  3. Parks Upgrades: The consent agenda includes a $153,000 contract with Jamail and Smith Construction for basketball pavilion repairs at the Lincoln Recreation Center, drinking fountains at Lick Creek Park, and concrete pads for benches at the Cove of Nantucket Park.
  4. Certificates of Obligation: The council will consider authorizing $82 million in certificates of obligation to provide resources for a new city hall, streets, parks, information technology, utility improvements, and debt issuance costs.
  5. Sewer Line Easements: After a public hearing, the council will consider establishing public utility easements for a sewer line along the perimeter of greenways east of Lakeway Drive and north of Fitch Parkway. The city expects no negative impacts on the greenways.

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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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Fishing can lead to a lifetime of family memories

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

Do you remember the first day you watched television? How about your best day playing video games? You probably don’t recall much about those moments because they weren’t all that meaningful.

But if you’ve ever fished, you can easily recall details of your best day on the lake or the first time you reeled in a feisty largemouth bass or catfish. Those memorable experiences are why fishing remains one of the country’s most popular pastimes.

Several years ago, Texas master angler Shane Wilson was reflecting on his childhood and the positive impact fishing had on him when he had a thought. What if there was an organization that encouraged kids and families discover the joys and benefits of fishing?

Wilson’s inspired idea led to the creation of a non-profit organization called Fishing’s Future in 2007. The angling education program has since grown to 72 chapters from California to London.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Fishing’s Future family angling program will be at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to teaching basic fishing skills, environmental stewardship, and ethical angling, the free event will outline how the sport can help strengthen families.

Participants are encouraged to bring fishing gear, tackle, and lunch, but a limited amount of supplies will be available. Individuals older than 17 will need a valid fishing license with a freshwater endorsement.

Preregistration is required through Fishing’s Future. For more information, go to cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

Take advantage of the chance to learn about the physical and mental benefits of fishing and how it can strengthen family bonds and create lifelong memories.

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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5 things to watch at Monday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Monday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. RVP Incentives Compliance Report: The council will hear a workshop presentation by the Research Valley Partnership about project compliance in 2017.
  2. Controlled Burn Permits: The council will have a workshop discussion on the city’s policies regarding controlled burn permits.
  3. Gabbard Park Improvements: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $128,736 contract for replacement of the fence, fishing pier, and walking bridge at Gabbard Park.
  4. Park Structures Contract: Another consent item is a $199,400 contract for architectural services regarding the renovation and rebuild of the Bee Creek concession building and Beachy Central Park’s pavilion and restroom.
  5. Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenways Master Plan: After a public hearing, the council will consider accepting updates to the city’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan, which was adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan in 2010.

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 (April 12)

(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, April 12. 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.

5:44 p.m.

The workshop has started.

5:46 p.m.

The council took two actions coming out of its executive session:

  • Unanimously directed the city attorney and city secretary to review of the City Charter and recommend amendments to be considered for a possible charter amendment election in November.
  • Voted 6-1 to negotiate with a search firm to identify candidates for city manager. Councilman Bob Brick voted against the motion.

6:08 p.m.

Planning & Zoning Plan of Work

The council conducted a joint meeting with the Planning & Zoning Commission to discuss the group’s plan of work for 2018, which includes a review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.

6:11 p.m.

Council Strategic Plan

The council accepted its updated strategic plan for 2018.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:23 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:

  • Rock Prairie Water Tower: The scope of this $988,500 contract includes design, bidding, and construction phase services for the Rock Prairie Elevated Storage Tank Project, which provides for an elevated water tower near Rock Prairie Road and the Scott and White Hospital and two pressure-reducing valves. The locations of the reducing valves will be determined. It will potentially establish a secondary pressure plane generally from the Carter’s Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Pebble Creek subdivision. The $8.76 million project is necessary to meet state requirements, to relieve demand on the Greens Prairie water tower, and to reduce extreme pressure east of State Highway 6.
  • Surplus Asphalt Millings: The sale and removal of about 19,000 tons of surplus asphalt millings from city property will return $219,450 to the Roadway Maintenance Fund.
  • Non-Annexation Agreements: The eight non-annexation development agreements being considered represent more than 2,000 acres in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The agreements guarantee the city won’t annex the properties for 10 years unless the terms are violated.
  • Habitat for Humanity Down Payment Assistance Guidelines: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) grant funds are used by the city to provide various housing assistance programs to income-eligible households. The Down Payment Assistance Program was approved by council in 2014. The program offers shared equity, gap financing of up to 30 percent of the sales price (capped at $50,000) to qualified applicants. Staff recommends creating separate guidelines for working with Habitat for Humanity clients that better-fit Habitat’s unique program and the needs of its clients. Proposed guidelines provide qualified Habitat for Humanity clients with a 0 percent interest-deferred loan of up to $15,000 for the purchase of a home built by Habitat for Humanity in the city.

6:29 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:38 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:49 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Abigail Fields spoke against restricting specific dog breeds by apartment complexes.
  • Nan Crouse of the College Station Association of Neighborhoods encouraged people to get involved in protecting neighborhoods.
  • Constance Woodman spoke against high rental housing costs in College Station.

6:50 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Premier Metal Buyers for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • Habitat for Humanity Down Payment Assistance Program guidelines.
  • Revision of Down Payment Assistance guidelines.
  • A $232,650 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for the rehabilitation of parking lots at Brian Bachmann Park and Stephen C. Beachy Central Park.
  • An agreement not to exceed $155,000 with Emergicon for ambulance billing, accounts receivable, and delinquent account collection services.
  • A $98,730 contract with Housley Communications to lay underground conduit for future fiber optic infrastructure as part of a joint bore with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.
  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Pronto Services for the collection of recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  • A $988,500 contract with Freese and Nichols for design, bidding, and construction administration for the Rock Prairie Elevated Storage Tank Project.
  • The sale and removal of about 19,000 tons of surplus asphalt millings from city property that will return $219,450 to the Roadway Maintenance Fund.
  • A $4.57 million contract with Dudley Construction for Phase 1 of the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-Out Project.
  • Eight non-annexation development agreements.
  • A real estate contract for the purchase of property needed for the extension of General Parkway. The purchase price is $225,000 with $2,500 in closing costs.

6:57 p.m.

Rezoning at Wellborn and Greens Prairie

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to rezone about 35 acres near the intersection of Wellborn Road and Greens Prairie Road West. About 0.9 acres changes from Rural to Suburban Commercial, and the rest changes from Rural to Wellborn Restricted Commercial.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:01 p.m.

Conditional Use Permit for Caprock Bar

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit for a bar at The Yard at Caprock Crossing near the intersection of Greens Prairie Road and State Highway 6.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:38 p.m.

Suburban Commercial Zoning Changes

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to add flexibility to Suburban Commercial zoning districts. Significant changes include allowing additional uses and reducing buffer and architectural requirements. 

An earlier motion to eliminate fuel sales from suburban commercial districts passed by a 4-3 vote. Councilmen Jerome Rektorik, Barry Moore, and James Benham voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:49 p.m.

The meeting is again underway.

8:53 p.m.

Removal of Krenek Tap Overlay

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to remove the Krenek Tap overlay zoning district from properties on the Krenek Tap Road right-of-way. The overlay was adopted in 2004 when the city was considering an urban development concept for property it owns along Krenek Tap.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:55 p.m.

Deletion of Krenek Tap Overlay from UDO

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to delete the Krenek Tap overlay zoning district from the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. 

9:00 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

9:00 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, April 26.

 


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 (Feb. 22)

(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, Feb. 22. 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.

5:23 p.m.

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

5:27 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:

  • Hanson South Water Sale: As part of tonight’s consent agenda, the council will consider a contract with Burleson Water Resources to pump water from the existing ponds on the Hanson South property for hydraulic fracturing of oil wells. BWR will bear the costs for equipment and pipelines and will pay the city 10 cents a barrel, which is the industry standard rate. The city will have a contractual guarantee for at least $150,000 of revenue for the Water Fund during the first 12 months of the two-year contract. BWR must use an above-ground pipeline to move the water. Prudent safety and environmental protection provisions are also included in the contract.

5:51 p.m.

Basic Public Purchasing

The council discussed the city’s policies, procedures, and legal requirements for spending public funds.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:08 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan 10-Year Update

The council discussed the city’s progress on updating its 10-year Comprehensive Plan.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:45 p.m.

Park Acreage Exclusions

The council discussed why Lick Creek Park and Veterans Park have not been included in the city’s count of community park acreage. It also considered the effects of that acreage exclusion to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and parkland dedication fees.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:49 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:58 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:08 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • James Benham recognized Army Lt. Benjamin Britt as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 24-year-old Wheeler native died Dec. 22, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during a dismounted patrol in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Jerome Rektorik recognized the College Station Police Department for its quick action last weekend in apprehending the A&M Consolidated High School student who made a terroristic threat on social media.
  • Robert Rose voiced his support for the bicycle parking requirements that will be discussed later tonight.
  • Richard Woodward of the College Station Association of Neighborhoods spoke against the council making zoning changes over the objections of neighborhood residents.

7:09 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Awarded an $83,000 contract to Ramtech Building Systems for a 24-by-56-foot modular office building at the Utility Service Center.
  • A $468,000 contract with CRT Construction for the development of Reatta Meadows Park and upgrades at Crescent Pointe Park.
  • Reissued a not-to-exceed $1.5 million contract with H&B Construction for annual electric system construction and maintenance labor.
  • Ratified a contract for Burleson Water Resources to purchase pond water from city water wellfield property called Hanson South.
  • The city’s participation in inter-local cooperative purchasing programs with Choice Partners National Purchasing Cooperative and GoodBuy Purchasing Cooperative. 
  • Amended the building use agreement with the Arts Council of Brazos, changing the terms to month-to-month for the building at 2275 Dartmouth Dr.

7:34 p.m.

Rezoning at Raintree and Highway 6

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After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve a request to changing the zoning from General Suburban to Suburban Commercial on about 1.9 acres at 2201 Raintree Drive, which was revised from General Suburban to General Commercial. The change will allow for development.

 

8:22 p.m.

Land Use at Rock Prairie and Fitch

After a public hearing, the council voted 4-3 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Restricted Suburban to General Commercial for about 29 acres south of the Rock Prairie Road-Fitch Parkway intersection. Mayor Karl Mooney, Councilman Bob Brick, and Councilwoman Linda Harvell voted against the motion.

The change will allow for development. One person spoke during the public hearing.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

9:05 p.m.

Bicycle Parking Requirements

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Code of Ordinances related to bicycle parking requirements.

An earlier motion to change additional language in the existing ordinance failed, 5-2.  Councilmen Barry Moore and Jerome Rektorik voted for the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:16 p.m.

Non-Residential Architectural Standards

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to ease the city’s non-residential architectural standards related to screening, architectural features, and the color palette:

  • Amendments to Section 2.2 “Planning and Zoning Commission” and Section 2.8 “Administrator” include the removal of authority in reference to the color palette.
  • Amendments to Section 5.8 “Design Districts” and Section 5.10 “Overlay Districts” include the removal of references to the color palette.
  • Amendments to Section 7.10 “Non-Residential Architectural Standards” include removal of references to the color palette, removal of mechanical screening requirement for all zoning districts other than Suburban Commercial and Wellborn Commercial, and add architectural relief options.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:17 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

9:17 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Monday, March 5.

 


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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