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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (Nov. 20)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Nov. 20. 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.

4:50 p.m.

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

4:53 p.m.

Canvassing of Election Returns

The council canvassed the Nov. 7 election returns and unanimously declared the results. Linda Harvell, Bob Brick, and John Nichols are elected to the city council.

4:57 p.m.

Oaths of Office 

Harvell, Brick, and Nichols were sworn in as council members by Municipal Court Judge Ed Spillane. We’ll post photos here later.

John Nichols

Linda Harvell

Bob Brick

5:38 p.m.

Farewell to Outgoing Council Members

Council members, city staff, and citizens bid farewell to outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Julie Schultz and Councilwoman Blanche Brick, who each served two terms since their initial election in 2011. As a parting gift, Brick presented a large print of Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” for display in city hall.

The council will take a short break for a reception honoring the new and former council members.

Firefighters with Blanche Brick and Julie Schultz

Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech”

6:14 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:19 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 Capt. Andrew R. Houghton as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 25-year-old Houston native died Aug. 9, 2004, when a rocket-propelled grenade detonated near his vehicle in Ad Dhuha, Iraq.

6:22 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for discussion:

  • Christmas Parade Banners: The city has been approached about erecting and displaying seven banners at various locations from Nov. 21-Dec. 4 to recognize the annual Christmas parade. Banners may be exempt from regulations when they promote a positive image for the city that attracts business or tourism, depicts an accomplishment of an individual or group, or creates a positive community spirit.
  • FY18 Certificates of Obligation: The FY18 Budget includes several Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Information Technology projects funded with certificates of obligation that haven’t been issued. The “Resolution Declaring Intention to Reimburse Certain Expenditures with Proceeds from Debt” would cover spending that is estimated to occur in advance of the scheduled FY18 debt issue.
  • Greens Prairie Trail Project: The change order would reduce the contract for the Greens Prairie Trail Widening Project by $198,223.18. The project included reconstruction of Greens Prairie Trail from Wellborn Road through the intersection of Royder Road. Quantities actually used were less than estimated in the original contract.

6:22 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Banners for the annual Christmas Parade.
  • A resolution declaring intent to reimburse certain expenditures with proceeds from debt for Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Information Technology projects in the FY18 Capital Improvements Program Budget.
  • A reduction of $198,223.18 to the contract with Hassell Construction for the Greens Prairie Trail Widening Project.
  • The $136,470 purchase of 15 traffic signal cabinets from Paradigm Traffic Systems.

6:29 p.m.

UDO Master Plan Amendments

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to amend the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to recognize locational flexibility to ensure consistency among various master plan components and clarify that plan depictions may be updated as development occurs.

The UDO is intended to implement planning policy as provided in the city’s Comprehensive Plan and associated plans. Since thoroughfare and bikeway alignments in these plans are generalized locations, the plans authorize discretion for those elements to be refined as needed up to a distance of 1,000 feet without an ordinance amendment.

As part of reviewing thoroughfares for the proposed Thoroughfare Plan update, it was identified that several thoroughfares remain depicted as conceptually shown in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, although development plans and surrounding conditions have provided refinement when implemented.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:07 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Thoroughfare Amendments

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the city’s Thoroughfare Plan and Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan to reflect recent revisions to the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2050 Thoroughfare Concept.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:09 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:09 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop meeting will resume after a short break.

7:14 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

7:46 p.m.

Suburban Commercial Zoning Requirements

The council voted 6-1 to approve the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendations for changes to Suburban Commercial zoning as part of the 10-year update to the Comprehensive Plan. Councilwoman Harvell voted against the motion. 

Most current and future Suburban Commercial locations are located near neighborhoods along major highways and thoroughfares, which creates tension between neighborhood concerns and market demands for higher intensity.

The council voted 5-2 against an earlier motion to approve the recommendations with the exception of gas stations and drive-thru establishments.  Harvell and Councilman Brick voted for the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:39 p.m.

Bicycle Parking Requirements

The council discussed the city’s bicycle parking guidelines and ways to increase development flexibility and reduce requirements. The consensus of the council, with the exception of Councilman Jerome Rektorik, was for staff to bring back an ordinance reflecting the recommendations.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:46 p.m.

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

The council meets again on Thursday, Dec. 14.

 


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 (4:30 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Please note the change in start times.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Canvassing Election Returns: In the workshop, the council will canvass the returns from the Nov. 7 election and declare the results.
  2. Oaths of Office: Newly elected council members John Nichols, Bob Brick, Linda Harvell will be sworn into office, followed by a short reception to welcome the newcomers and thank outgoing members Julie Schultz and Blanche Brick for their service.
  3. Suburban Commercial Zoning: The council will consider possible changes to Suburban Commercial Zoning districts to encourage development that’s compatible with nearby neighborhoods. Topics include architectural elements, permitted uses, buffer requirements, and lighting.
  4. Bicycle Parking Requirements: The final workshop presentation will be about the city’s bicycle parking requirements.
  5. Updates to Thoroughfare, BPG Plans: In the regular meeting, the council will consider amending the city’s Thoroughfare Plan and Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan to reflect recent revisions to the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2050 Concept.

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

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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 27)

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, April 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD) and online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:12 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:13 p.m.

The council unanimously approved a settlement of the city’s claim against Meadowbrook Insurance Group related to insurance coverage for claims made by the city from 2008-12  The city will be paid $120,000.

6:28 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:

  • Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System: In 2013, The city council approved the first restatement of the inter-local agreement establishing the BVWACS and appointing the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) to act as the managing entity. In accordance with the ILA, proposed operating and capital equipment replacement reserve fund budgets for FY18 were reviewed and approved by the governing board on April 19. Each of the BVWACS Parties (Bryan, College Station, Brenham, Washington County, Brazos County, Texas A&M) has 30 days to review the proposed budgets. If any BVWACS Party does not agree with the proposed BVWACS budgets as presented, it must provide the governing board with a detailed explanation within 30 days. If approved tonight, funding for the city’s share of the BVWACS FY18 operating budget and capital equipment replacement reserve fund budget will be included in Information Technology’s FY18 operating budget.
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute: An initiative of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is developing transportation technologies to improve safety and mobility for roadway users. TTI has the laboratory environment to evaluate these technologies in a controlled setting, but the projects need to be tested under real-world conditions. Components of the city’s Intelligent Transportation System Master Plan (signal communications, central system, Traffic Control Center, and video cameras) would help TTI test and evaluate these technologies. The memorandum of understanding on tonight’s consent agenda outlines the city’s collaboration with TTI on the research, development and pilot demonstration of transportation technologies on local streets. Agreements for deploying specific technologies will be presented to the council at a later date.

6:42 p.m.

Easterwood Airport Update

Easterwood Airport Manager Josh Abramson updated the council on airport projects, including the introduction of a first-class option by American Airlines.

6:56 p.m.

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan

The council heard a report on the ongoing update of the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan. The planning process began in October and has included a community meeting and an online survey. Any changes are scheduled for adoption in the fall.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:11 p.m.

Open Data Portal Update

The council discussed the city’s open data portal, which was launched in late December after almost two years of planning. The website provides public access to financial and other data sets managed by the city.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:13 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.

7:22 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:27 p.m.

Mental Health Month

The mayor proclaimed May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney is Julie Overstreet, director of outreach and development for the National Alliance on Mental Health Brazos Valley.

7:29 p.m.

Drinking Water Week

The mayor proclaimed May 7-13 as Drinking Water Week to recognize and celebrate the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Pictured below with Mayor Mooney are Water Resource Coordinator Jennifer Nations and Director of Water Services Dave Coleman.

7:31 p.m.

Public Service Recognition Week

The mayor proclaimed May 7-13 as Public Service Recognition Week to honor federal, state, county and local government employees. We’ll post a photo later.

7:38 p.m.

The Mayor thanked Spencer Davis, Texas A&M’s student representative, for his service. David thanks the council and city staff for their help and support.

7:41 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 Sgt. Andrew J. Creighton as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 23-year-old native of Laurel, Delaware, died July 4, 2010, after being injured in combat three days before in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan.

7:42 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System (BVWACS) FY18 operating budget; authorized the city’s quarterly payments of $46,708.75 for an annual total not to exceed $186,834.97; approved the BVWACS FY18 Capital Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund Budget and payment of the city’s share not to exceed $100,923.69.
  • A $139,481 purchase order with Alfa Laval to overhaul the centrifuge at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A $192,000 contract to replace the coatings and make repairs on structural steel components of four clarifier units at the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • The refund of $240,180 in unspent parkland dedication funds in multiple park zones.
  • A memorandum of understanding with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to collaborate on the deployment and testing of TTI-developed technology on city streets.
  • A $101,317.17 change order to a construction contract with JaCody, increasing the contract to $2.2 million.
  • The $136,470 purchase of 15 traffic signal cabinets from Paradigm Traffic Systems to provide more flexibility for better traffic signal control within the Intelligent Transportation System.

8:22 p.m.

Emerald Parkway Land Use Change and Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Suburban Commercial to General Commercial for about 11 acres southeast of the Emerald Parkway-Highway 6 intersection. Councilwoman Linda Harvell voted against the motion. Two people spoke during the public hearing.

The changes will allow for development.

8:43 p.m.

After another public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning designation from Light Industrial to General Commercial for the same property and from Light Industrial to Suburban Commercial for an additional 5½ acres. Three people spoke during the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:58 p.m.

Rock Prairie Road Land Use Change and Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the land use designation from Urban, Village Center, Suburban Commercial, and General Commercial to Urban and General Suburban for about 232 acres on the south side of Rock Prairie Road east of Highway 6.

9:20 p.m.

After another public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning designation from Rural to Planned Development District for the same property.

The changes will allow a mixed-use development that includes commercial, office, multi- and single-family residential, parks, and trails. 

Here’s the city’s PowerPoint presentation:

Here’s the presentation by the developer, James Murr:

9:25 p.m.

Harvey Road Land Use Change

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the land use designation from Natural Areas Reserved and Commercial to Natural Areas Reserved and Urban for about six acres at the northwest corner of Harvey Road and Associates Avenue.

The change will allow a multi-family residential housing development. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:34 p.m.

Water and Wastewater System Master Plan

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved the new Water System Master Plan.

9:35 p.m.

After another public hearing, the council also unanimously approved the new Wastewater System Master Plan.

Both will require significant capital investment in the next decade.

The plans include water and sewer lines needed to serve growth corridors, and the rehabilitation of existing lines. The plans also identify major water and sewer line connections needed in the existing systems to allow them to operate more efficiently and abide by state regulations.

The line locations and sizes have been determined through system models produced by engineering consultants in coordination with Water Services. The master plan maps identify water and sewer lines to be constructed by private development as it occurs, with the opportunity for oversize participation. The maps are the result of engineering studies performed for the city in the last decade.

The utility line sizes are based on existing development trends and the comprehensive land use plan. Property owners requesting land use plan amendments and rezoning will be required to assess the impact to the water and wastewater system master plans and propose any necessary changes.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:36 p.m.

Historic Preservation Committee Appointment

The council unanimously appointed Councilwoman Linda Harvell as its liaison to the Historic Preservation Committee.

9:40 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

9:40 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, May 11.


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 been 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 workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Plan: In the workshop, the council will discuss updates to the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan.
  2. Open Data Portal: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the city’s open data portal. The website was launched in December and provides public access to financial and other data sets managed by the city.
  3. Emerald Parkway-Highway 6 Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to rezone about 17 acres southeast of the Emerald Parkway and Highway 6 to allow for commercial development.
  4. Rock Prairie Road East Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to rezone about 232 acres on the south side of Rock Prairie Road east of Highway 6. The change would allow a mixed-use development that includes commercial, office, multi- and single-family residential, parks, and trails.
  5. Water/Wastewater Master Plans: After a public hearing, the council will consider adopting new water and wastewater system master plans. The updated plans identify water and sewer lines needed to serve growth corridors and where the rehabilitation of existing lines is necessary.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channels 19 and 119 (HD), or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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About the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 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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