Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (April 24)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 24. 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.

6:03 p.m.

The workshop has started.

Tonight’s meeting offers us our first opportunity to allow a city council member to fully participate in an open meeting via video. New state law requires governmental bodies to provide for two-way communication that allows all participants to hear and see one another, including the public.

Barring technical glitches, Place-6 Councilman James Benham will be participating in tonight’s meetings from New York City. Mr. Benham “poses” below with Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilwoman Julie Schultz:

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (March 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 13. 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.

6:00 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:19 p.m.

BCS Marathon

The council heard a workshop presentation on the Scott & White BCS Marathon, which has collected about $370,000 over the last three years for local children’s charities and also raises funds and awareness for the Mercy Project. The 2013 BSC Marathon was the highest-rated marathon in Texas.

The city provided $10,000 in hotel tax funds for the 2013 event, which attracted 4,165 participants from four countries and 40 states. More than 70 percent of the runners were from outside the Bryan/College Station area. Race organizers estimate that participants spent about $713,000 while in town, which doesn’t include charitable donations.

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Legislative changes will affect juvenile court cases

School ZoneAs a municipal court judge, I see many young defendants who are in court for the first time. My job is to make sure these juveniles don’t appear again in my court, or any other. Starting next week, recent legislative changes will affect the type of cases we see.

Class C Offenses

Citations can no longer be issued for Class C offenses (other than traffic) that occur on school property and involve defendants between 10 and 16 years old. The most common tickets in any school are for class disruption, disorderly conduct or inappropriate language. A witness with knowledge must now sign an affidavit, and a complaint approved by the prosecutor must be filed in court before the police can file charges.

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