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

  1. Affordable Housing Update: In the workshop, the council will be updated on the city’s efforts and programs to promote affordable housing.
  2. Arrington Road Interlocal Agreement: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider an interlocal agreement with Brazos County to allow the county to pay for improvements to Arrington Road within the city limits.
  3. Hand-Held Ordinance Repeal: Another consent agenda item is the repeal of the city ordinance prohibiting the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. The ordinance was recently preempted by state law, which bans texting and driving.
  4. FY18 Budget/Tax Rate Adoption: The council will consider adopting the city’s proposed $365.7 million budget for FY18, along with a 2½-cent increase in the property tax rate to 49.75 cents per $100 of valuation.
  5. Rezoning near Carters Creek Plant: The council will consider a request to change the zoning from Rural to Restricted Suburban and Natural Areas Protected for about 46 acres east of the Emerald Forest Subdivision near the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The change would allow a single-family residential development.

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 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 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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (August 11)

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, August 11. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:20 p.m.

The workshop has started. Council members Julie Schultz and James Benham are out of town and are participating via teleconference.

6:39 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

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

  • Roadway Improvements: The council will consider two contracts for engineering, survey and design services related to the widening of Rock Prairie Road West and capacity improvements to FM 2818.
  • Lincoln Recreation Center Expansion: The project includes a new 15,355-square foot multi-purpose facility with a gymnasium, multiple activity rooms, and support spaces. Once the new addition is complete, the existing facility will also be renovated. The $3.37 million contract includes three bid alternates for building a walkway cover, repairing the existing storage building and leveling the existing gymnasium.

  • Rejection of Underground Cable Bids: The Electric Department has decided not to bid this project for the third time. This work will be completed using existing contracts for various electric construction and maintenance needs and through in-house labor.

6:59 p.m.

FY17 Proposed City Budget

The council got its first look at the city’s proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council will review the budget in a three-day series of in-depth workshops starting Monday, with final adoption of the budget and tax rate set for Sept. 22. A public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for Aug. 31, followed by a public hearing on the tax rate and budget on Sept. 8.

Click here to read a more detailed blog post about the budget proposal.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:05 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:06 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:23 p.m.

Hear Visitors

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

  • Ben Roper recognized Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 21-year-old Houston native died March 26, 2004, due to hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Another citizen informed the council about a dangerous intersection.

7:24 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda, except for item 2i (setting water/wastewater impact fees public hearing dates):

  • A contract with Elder-Aid, Inc. for a $200,000 grant of federal HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Set-Aside funds for the acquisition and rehabilitation of two existing dwelling units to be used as affordable rental housing for income-eligible elderly households.
  • A $571,102.50 Contract with Binkley and Barfield for engineering and surveying services associated with the FM 2818 Capacity Improvements Design Project.
  • A $152,500 contract with Jones & Carter for the final design and construction phase services for the Lick Creek Generator Replacement Project.
  • A $3.37 million contract with JaCody Construction for renovations to the existing facility and construction of a new multi-purpose building for the Lincoln Recreation Center.
  • A $650,326 contract with Binkley & Barfield for professional engineering services related to the design of the Rock Prairie Road West Widening Project.
  • A $51,600 bid award to Techline for the purchase of distribution line sensors.
  • The rejection bids for the University Drive Underground Cable Installation Project.
  • The second renewal of an annual blanket order not to exceed $140,000 for copy and printing services with Alphagraphics ($80,000), Copy Corner ($40,000), and Office Depot ($20,000).
  • Renewal of a $525,996 annual purchase award with Techline for electric distribution poles.
  • A $64,515.85 annual bid award to Greenville Transformer Company for transformer repair and rebuild services.
  • Called a public hearing on the City of College Station’s FY17 Proposed Budget for Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
  • A $149,049 contract with Hahn Equipment Company for the replacement of the Lick Creek Raw Lift Pumps and Variable Frequency Drives.
  • An amendment to the FY16 funding agreement with the Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau to allow for the repayment of $30,000 related to the acquisition of a site for a visitor information center. The original agreement allowed for reimbursement of legal and architect fees associated with a new joint facility with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley in the same amount.

7:38 p.m.

Land Use at 8607 Rock Prairie Rd.

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Estate and Suburban Commercial to Restricted Suburban for about 16 acres at 8607 Rock Prairie Road to allow for development. Councilwoman Schultz recused herself from voting because of a conflict of interest.

The property is located north of Rock Prairie and west of Fitch Parkway.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:42 p.m.

Right-of-Way Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon part of a right-of-way at 600 First St. to accommodate redevelopment in the Northgate area.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:50 p.m.

Traffic Impact Analyses

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to remove the single-family residential development exemption from the Traffic Impact Analysis rules. The change requires a traffic impact analysis be included with a preliminary plan application where applicable.

The original ordinance provided an exemption for Northgate zoning districts and single-family zoning districts. In 2009, the Comprehensive Plan called for the requirement for traffic impact analyses to be extended to single-family developments. As part of the Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Evaluation & Appraisal Report, the recommendation was made to require traffic impact analyses for single-family residential development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:54 p.m.

Wireless Devices and Distracted Driving

The council voted 6-1 to amend the city’s traffic code to restrict the use of wireless communications devices such as cell phones while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle. Exceptions include the use of a hands-free device and while at a complete stop. Councilman James Benham voted against the motion.

An earlier motion to add a 90-day education period to the amendment passed 6-1, with Benham voting no. The ordinance takes effect in 90 days.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:57 p.m.

Board Appointments 

The council voted unanimously for these board appointments:

  • Historic Preservation Committee: Anat Geva.
  • Parks and Recreation Board: Megan Fuentes.

8:57 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, August 25.


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 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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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

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By Colin Killian, Public 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. Cell Phone Driving Ordinance: In the regular meeting, the council will consider amending the city’s traffic code to prohibit the use of wireless devices such as cell phones while operating motor vehicles or bicycles on public roadways. Exceptions would be using a hands-free device or while the vehicle is stopped.
  2. FY17 Budget Presentation: In the workshop, the council will get its first look at the city’s proposed FY17 budget. As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider calling a public hearing on Sept. 8.
  3. Lincoln Center Expansion Project: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $3.37 million construction contract for the renovation and expansion of the Lincoln Recreation Center. The project, which was approved by voters in 2008, includes a new 15,355-square foot multipurpose facility.
  4. Major Roadway Projects: The council will consider contracts for engineering, survey and design services related to the widening of Rock Prairie Road West and capacity improvements to FM 2818.
  5. Impact Fee Public Hearings: The council will consider setting a public hearing on Sept. 22 regarding possible water and wastewater impact fees. The fees would be imposed on new development to help offset the cost of infrastructure. Update (8/10, 4 p.m.): This item has been removed from Thursday’s agenda.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, 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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Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 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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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (July 14)

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, July 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:43 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:05 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:

  • Takings Impact Assessment: Since possible water and wastewater impact fees have the potential to be enacted in only portions of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, a required Takings Impact Assessment was conducted and found that the proposed fees do not constitute a regulatory taking.
  • Parks Mobile Stage: The $160,000 mobile stage would enhance the city’s tournaments and special events. Hotel Occupancy Tax funds were allocated in the FY15 budget for the purchase and were transferred to the FY16 in February.
  • Parks Fishing Piers: Contracts totaling about $65,000 would cover repairs to the fishing pier at Brothers Pond Park and replacing the pier at Central Park with a floating pier that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • Traffic Adjustments Near Schools: Proposed changes to traffic movements near Oakwood Intermediate and College View High School include no left turns from Holik Street into the Oakwood and College View driveways, no left turns from Timber Street into the College View driveway, removal of stopping, standing and parking along streets around College View, Oakwood and A&M Consolidated Middle School, and the addition of a 30-minute parking zone near the schools along Holik Street.

6:19 p.m.

BVSWMA Budget

The council voted unanimously to approve the FY17 budget for the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency (BVSWMA). The budget includes revenues of about $7.55 million and expenses of about $8.26 million. It also reduces the gate rate for College Station and Bryan from $21.19 per ton to $20.50.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:00 p.m.

Wireless Communication Devices While Driving

After a presentation by Police Chief Scott McCollum, the council directed staff to bring back a draft ordinance regarding the use of wireless communications devices by drivers. The ordinance modification would provide a mechanism for enforcement and deterrence.

McCollum said driver inattention while using wireless communication devices is a growing public safety concern. While the state legislature has recently considered laws regarding the use of these devices while driving, the bills have failed. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:00 p.m.

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

7:07 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:11 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda. Jerry Smith asked for an ordinance amendment to allow small markers at the Aggie Field of Honor for family or double monuments placed on adjoining spaces.

7:12 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the consent agenda:

  • Approved a $160,000 mobile stage for the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Adopted a Takings Impact Assessment in the event impact fees for water and sewer service are adopted.
  • A $291,000 bid award to KBS Electrical Distributors for single phase pad-mounted transformers.
  • Contracts totaling about $65,000 with Jamail and Smith Construction and EZ Dock of Texas for the repair of the Brothers Pond Park fishing pier and the installation of new, ADA compliant, fishing pier at Central Park.
  • Renewal of the annual blanket order not to exceed $816,500 with Brazos Paving for cement stabilized base rock and Type D grade recycled crushed concrete base.
  • A $144,000 contract with Jamail & Smith Construction for replacing A/C chillers at the Police Department.
  • Amended the traffic code to prohibit left turns from Holik Street into the Oakwood Intermediate and College View High School driveways and left turns from Timber Street into the College View High School driveway.
  • Amended the traffic code to prohibit stopping, standing, and parking near the schools along George Bush Drive, Holik Street, Timber Street, Anna Street and Glade Street.
  • Amended the traffic code to add a 30-minute parking zone near the schools along Holik Street.
  • Authorized city staff to negotiate the purchase of land needed for the Royder Road Expansion Project.
  • An annual blanket order not to exceed $95,194.40 with BWI Companies for athletic field maintenance materials including fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, infield material, grass seed, and turf amendments.
  • A contract renewal not to exceed $526,000 with Knife River Corporation for the annual purchase of Type II, FGSMA hot mix asphalt.
  • Contracts for temporary staffing services to Spherion Staffing (not to exceed $380,000) and Kelly Services (not to exceed $80,000), ratification of FY16 expenditures for temporary employment services with Express Services ($17,588.22) and Spherion ($35,011.27), and anticipated expenses with Spherion ($21,744.40).

7:15 p.m.

Land Use Assumptions/Capital Improvement Plans

City Engineer Alan Gibbs gave a short presentation on land use assumptions and capital improvement plans for potential water, wastewater and roadway impact fees. The presentation introduced the next two items.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

7:48 p.m.

Water-Wastewater Impact Fees

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve the land use assumptions and a capital improvement plan for potential water and wastewater impact fees.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:04 p.m.

Roadway Impact Fees

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve the land use assumptions and a capital improvement plan for potential roadway impact fees.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:07 p.m.

Brewster Cove Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to rezone from Rural to General Suburban about 22 acres at 3451 Barron Cut-Off Rd. The change will allow for a multi-family development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:45 p.m.

Harvey Mitchell Parkway Campus Housing

After a public hearing, the council voted 4-3 against a request to change the land use from Suburban Commercial to Urban for about five acres near the northwest corner of the Harvey Mitchell Parkway-Raymond Stotzer Parkway intersection. Councilmembers Julie Schultz, Karl Mooney, Blanche Brick and John Nichols voted against the motion.Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilmembers James Benham and Steve Aldrich supported it.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:46 p.m. 

The mayor adjourned the regular meeting. The workshop will resume.

9:13 p.m.

Old Wellborn Road Traffic Analysis

The council reviewed the city’s traffic analysis of Old Wellborn Road and General Parkway.  The study was conducted to evaluate alternative routes to help reduce traffic congestion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:20 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. The council meets again on Thursday, July 28.


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 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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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

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By Colin Killian, Public 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. Wireless Communication Devices: The council will hear a workshop presentation about possibly restricting the use of wireless communications devices such as cellphones while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle.
  2. Fishing Piers at Parks: The council will consider contracts to repair the fishing pier at Brothers Pond Park and replace the pier at Central Park with one that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  3. Harvey Mitchell/Raymond Stotzer Interchange: The council will consider an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of the interchange at Harvey Mitchel Parkway (FM2818) and Raymond Stotzer Parkway (FM60). The project includes pavement, traffic signals, lighting, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  4. Traffic Movement Near Oakwood, College View: The council will consider these changes to traffic movement near Oakwood Intermediate and College View High School: No left turns from Holik Street into the Oakwood and College View driveways; no left turns from Timber Street into the College View driveway; the removal of stopping, standing and parking along streets around College View, Oakwood and A&M Consolidated Middle School; and the addition of a 30-minute parking zone near the schools along Holik Street.
  5. Impact Fees: After public hearings, the council will consider land use assumptions and capital improvement plans for possible water, wastewater and roadway impact fees.

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

Related links:                                                                 


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 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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