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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 25)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular teleconference meetings on Thursday, June 25. It’s not the official minutes.

The live audio will be streamed on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 982 1331 7043.

4:04 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

4:05 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled no items for discussion from the regular meeting’s consent agenda.

6:22 p.m.

Restricted Occupancy Overlay

The council directed staff to obtain additional public input and draft a potential ordinance to allow property owners to request an overlay restricting neighborhood housing occupancy to no more than two unrelated residents. Twelve residents spoke after the presentation, and five submitted written comments.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation:

 

6:22 p.m.

The council is taking a short break.

6:32 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

7:09 p.m.

Police Community Outreach

The council discussed the College Station Police Department’s community outreach activities regarding race relations, recruiting and hiring, use of force, and body-worn cameras.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:17 p.m.

Mayor Issues Mask Order

The council offered its unanimous support for Mayor Karl Mooney to mandate the use of face coverings for coronavirus protection inside commercial businesses. Eleven residents spoke after the presentation, and 61 submitted written comments.

Mooney issued the order after the meeting:

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:24 p.m.

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

8:34 p.m.

The regular meeting has started. 

8:45 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during hear visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

8:46 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • Reduced the speed limit from 45 mph to 40 on Greens Prairie Road from about 1,000 feet west of Woodlake Drive to the Royder Road intersection.
  • The $650,914 purchase of long lead time major equipment for the proposed Spring Creek Substation.
  • The not-to-exceed $639,764 purchase of a ThreePhase electric substation transformer from Virginia Transformer for the proposed Spring Creek Substation.
  • A $19,416 change order to the contract with Elliott Construction for the repair of the Rock Prairie Road water line.
  • The first renewal of Water Services’ annual $115,847 purchase of sodium hypochlorite from DXI Industries.
  • A $288,700 contract with Kimley-Horn & Associates for the design of the rehabilitation of Luther Street from Marion Pugh to Penberthy.
  • The second renewal of a contract not to exceed $432,000 with Brazos Paving for the installation of a one-inch overlay with specialty mix as needed.
  • A $18,867 change order to the contract with Halff & Associates for the design of Lick Creek parking lot and trailhead.

9:31 p.m.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance

The council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to regulate short-term housing rentals such as Airbnb. The ordinance takes effect Oct. 1. Nine residents spoke after the presentation, and one submitted written comments.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:58 p.m.

Munson Traffic Calming

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve the neighborhood’s request to repeal an ordinance prohibiting traffic calming on Munson Avenue. Area residents wanted equal access to the traffic calming ordinance that applies in other city neighborhoods. One person spoke in the public hearing.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

10:08 p.m.

Midtown Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Planned Development District for about 33 acres at 5604, 5900, and 6102 Rock Prairie Road. The PDD is an expansion of the Midtown development.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

10:18 p.m.

Special Events Ordinance

The council voted unanimously to approve changes to the special events ordinance that allow the city manager more flexibility in making decisions about special events. The changes also clarify the definition of a special event and the number of days such an event can operate.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

10:19 p.m.

Disaster Declaration Extension

The council voted unanimously to consent to the mayor’s recent extension of the disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10:27 p.m.

Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant

The council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to apply to the state for grants from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The city will receive about $6.44 million from the fund.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:


10:28 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again by teleconference on Thursday, July 9.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the 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 Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets Thursday at by teleconference for its workshop (after 4 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

The live audio will be streamed on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19. Public comments are allowed through Zoom. To join the meeting online, go to Zoom or call 888-475-4499 and enter meeting number 982 1331 7043. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom.

If you want to address the council about any item on the workshop or regular agenda, register with the city secretary before the meeting by calling 979-764-3500 or emailing CSO@cstx.gov before the meeting starts. Written comments submitted to CSO@cstx.gov will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Restricted Occupancy Overlay: In the workshop, the council will discuss a restricted occupancy overlay ordinance that would allow property owners to request an overlay to restrict occupancy to no more than two unrelated persons in their neighborhood.
  2. Police Community Outreach: The council will also have a workshop discussion about the College Station Police Department’s community outreach activities regarding race relations, recruiting and hiring, use of force, and body-worn cameras.
  3. Face Masks and COVID-19: Another workshop discussion will be the use of face masks for local coronavirus protection. Gov. Greg Abbott last week clarified his executive order regarding face masks. Abbott said individual liberty may not be infringed, but local governments can direct stores and businesses to require masks.
  4. Short-Term Rental Ordinance: In the regular meeting, the council will consider an ordinance restricting non-owner-occupied short-term housing rentals such as Airbnb to General Suburban, Restricted Suburban, and Wellborn Restricted Suburban zoning districts. It would also require evidence of a Homestead Exemption as proof of owner occupancy and grandfather non-owner-occupied STRs that are already operating.
  5. Munson Traffic Calming: After a public hearing, the council will consider the neighborhood’s request to repeal an ordinance that prohibits traffic calming on Munson Avenue. The neighborhood is seeking equal access to the traffic calming ordinance that applies to other neighborhoods.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the 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: Monday’s city council meetings (Oct. 7)

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, Oct. 7. It’s not the official minutes.

The sessions can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:04 p.m.

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

6:09 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:

  • Munson Avenue Sidewalks: The $193,000 contract is for an eight-foot-wide sidewalk along the west side of Munson Avenue from Dominik Drive to Harvey Road. The project was identified in the city’s ADA Transition Plan and was requested by a resident with access needs.

6:10 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney suspended the workshop, which will resume after the regular meeting.

6:11 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:15 p.m.

Municipal Court Week

Mayor Mooney proclaimed Nov. 4-8 as Municipal Court Week. Judge Ed Spillane and College Station Municipal Court staff are pictured with Mayor Mooney.

6:21 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.

  • Councilwoman Elianor Vessali recognized Army Capt. Michael A. Norman as part of the Fallen Heroes Project. The 36-year-old Killeen native died Jan. 31, 2008 when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.

6:22 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $109,014 contract with Mitchell & Morgan for the conceptual design of the extension of Bird Pond Road from Highway 6 to Lakeway Drive.
  • A $192,629 contract with Palomares Construction for sidewalk improvements along Munson Avenue.
  • A $162,665 contract with Dell Marketing for computer equipment.
  • A three-year agreement not to exceed $225,000 with ESRI for GIS systems software licensing and support.
  • The city’s investment policy and strategy, reviewing and recording changes, a collateral policy, and investment officers for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • A FY 18 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant of $911,476.
  • The city’s Traffic Calming Policy.
  • The addition of a school zone for River Bend Elementary on Rock Prairie Road West and Holleman Drive South and changes to the operational times and posted hours of several school zones to better align with the presence of crossing guards.
  • Reduced the speed limit on Holleman Drive South between North Dowling Road to the Rock Prairie West Road Intersection to 40 mph on the southern section and to 45 mph for the northern section.

6:34 p.m.

Midtown Area Road Name Changes

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to rename Midtown Loop as Durham Loop, Bird Pond Road west of Rock Prairie Road as Town Lake Drive, Pebble Creek Parkway from Highway 6 and Lakeway Drive as Corporate Parkway, and Lakeway Drive between Highway 6 and Fitch Parkway as Midtown Drive.

The city is marketing its next business park with the Midtown mixed-use development, and the street name changes will help distinguish the area as a destination.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:49 p.m.

Fitch-Rock Prairie Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to Restricted Suburban, General Commercial, Office, and Natural Areas Protected for about 210 acres at the intersection of Rock Prairie Road and William D. Fitch Parkway. The change would allow for a 175- acre continuation of the Pebble Creek Subdivision with an additional non-residential component of about 18 acres.

The proposal also includes the protection of 17 acres of floodplain next to Pebble Creek Country Club.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:57 p.m.

1700 George Bush Drive Land Use

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-1 to deny a request to change the land use from Natural Areas Reserved to Urban and Natural Areas Reserved for about 2.7 acres at 1700 George Bush Drive. Councilwoman Elianor Vessali voted against the motion to deny.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:08 p.m.

Police Station Equipment

The council voted unanimously to approve $2.85 million for furniture, appliances, information technology items, shelving, security equipment, audio/visual items, dispatch equipment, and evidence storage for the new police station. Because of the progress of the project, the city expects a $400,000 reduction to the construction encumbrance in FY20, which leaves a balance of $2.9 million for this contract and related expenses.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:14 p.m.

Experience BCS Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Councilmember Jerome Rektorik, Karen Bonarrigo, and Greg Stafford to the Experience Bryan-College Station Board of Directors, along with Jay Primavera as the chair.

8:20 p.m.

Impact Fee Committee Appointment

The council appointed James Jones as the extraterritorial jurisdiction representative to the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, which is also known as the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.

8:25 p.m.

Mobility Authority Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Veronica Morgan to the Brazos County Regional Mobility Authority, an independent local government agency that has the authority to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate and extend transportation projects.

8:28 p.m.

After the council discussed and reviewed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The workshop meeting will resume after a short break.

8:39 p.m.

The workshop has started.

8:46 p.m.

Promoting Tourism on Channel 19

The council discussed opportunities to promote tourism and local events through the city’s cable channel or online. Channel 19 (CSTV19) is operated by the City of College Station and funded through a state franchise agreement with local cable provider Suddenlink Communications. 

Channel 19’s programming is restricted to activities funded, sponsored, or are otherwise relevant to the City of College Station and the College Station Independent School District. The programming is intended to increase awareness of local government and encourage community participation in decision-making processes.

Programming includes live and recorded broadcasts of city council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, public service announcements, special event promotions, job opportunities, and other pertinent issues and notices.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:51 p.m.

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

The council meets again on Thursday, Oct. 24.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian 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 (Sept. 26)

Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Elianor 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 Thursday, Sept. 26. 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.

5:39 p.m.

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

5:50 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:

  • Bingo Fee Collection: The resolution continues the city’s share of the prize fees awarded at bingo games conducted in College Station after Jan. 1 as required by new state law.
  • Holleman Drive Speed Limit: The ordinance would change the speed limit from 60 mph to 40 on Holleman Drive South between North Dowling Road and Rock Prairie Road. A recently completed project widened Holleman to four lanes with a median/center turn lane.

6:19 p.m.

Residential Parking

The council reviewed city ordinances, policies, and practices related to parking in residential areas. The discussion included parking in school zones, parking removal policies, parking pavement coverage on residential lots, and game day parking.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:40 p.m.

Traffic Calming Policy

The council received an update on the city’s traffic calming policy, which allows staff to be more responsive to resident’s requests and creates a ranking matrix of neighborhood plans based on safety criteria.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:47 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.

6:57 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:03 p.m.

MDA Fill The Boot Days

Mayor Mooney proclaimed Oct. 10-12 as the College Station Fire Department’s “Fill the Boot” days benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

7:07 p.m.

TAAF Games of Texas

Mayor Mooney presented a shadow box to Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Executive Director Mark Lord. The box contains mementos from the TAAF’s 2019 Summer Games of Texas that were conducted here in July. Lord also presented the city with a plaque in appreciation of its support of the games.

The event attracted 8,461 athletes from across the state to compete in 12 sports. Only 130 participants were local, which means the rest – along with about 20,000 of their coaches, family members, and friends – were visitors who dropped an estimated $8.1 million into the local economy.

7:10 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.

  • Councilwoman Elianor Vessali recognized Army Capt. Rowdy J. Inman as part of the Fallen Heroes Project. The 38-year-old Panorama Village native died of combat wounds on Dec. 22, 2007, in Mosul, Iraq.

7:15 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • Renewal of six master agreements for real estate appraisal services with Duff &

Phelps, JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, Lowery Property Advisors, Paul Hornsby & Company, S.T. Lovett & Associates and Valbridge Property Advisors.

  • A $144,060, three-year contract with Frontier Communications for a 2-gigabyte internet connection.
  • A resolution adopting the Fire Department’s fees, rates, and charges.
  • Annual blanket orders not to exceed $1,065,070.50 for electric inventory items: Techline ($658,887), KBS Electric ($253,115), Texas Electric Cooperative ($92,975), and Anixter ($60,093).
  • A resolution approving the continued receipt of a share of the bingo prize fees awarded at bingo games conducted in College Station after Jan. 1.
  • FY20 insurance premiums for all lines of coverage not to exceed $650,000, including Excess Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Property/Boiler & Machinery, Commercial Crime, EMT Liability, Auto Property Damage, Cyber Liability, Unmanned Aircraft liability and property, and Special Events.
  • Renewal of the annual price agreement not to exceed is $503,214.55 for electric three-phase pad mount transformers with KBS Electrical Distributors.
  • A $3.28 million contract with Larry Young Paving to construct Phase 1 of the widening of Greens Prairie Trail.
  • An ordinance temporarily changing the posted speed limit to 30 mph on Greens Prairie Road from 1,000 feet west of Woodlake Drive to the Royder Road Intersection during the Greens Prairie Road Widening Project.

This item was voted on separately:

  • The council voted unanimously approved a motion by Councilman John Nichols to postpone until Oct. 7 the vote on the ordinance changing the posted speed limit on Holleman Drive South from North Dowling Road to the Rock Prairie Road Intersection. The limit in the ordinance was 40 mph, and Nichols motion asked that it be 45.

7:26 p.m.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution accepting a $315,597 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The funds will be used for the Blue Card Hazard Zone Incident Command Training and Certification Program and source-capturing diesel exhaust removal systems for fire stations.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:40 p.m.

Fun for All Playground Phase 2

The council voted unanimously to approve a $1.8 million contract for Phase 2 of the Fun for All Playground at Central Park. The second phase includes a stadium with bleachers and a quarter-scale artificial turf field. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:46 p.m.

Budget Amendment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a $325,000 amendment to the FY19 city budget. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:18 p.m.

FY 20 Budget Adoption

The council voted 6-1 to adopt the city’s FY 20 budget of $341.2 million, which includes a general fund budget of $105.2 million and capital projects totaling $57.9 million. Councilwoman Elianor Vessali voted against the budget. A public hearing on the budget was Sept. 12.

In a second vote, the council voted 6-1 to ratify the increase in property tax revenue reflected in the budget. Councilwoman Vessali voted against the motion.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:56 p.m.

FY 20 Tax Rate Adoption

The council voted 5-2 to adopt the FY 20 proposed property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 assessed value, a $.028777-cent increase. Councilwoman Vessali and Councilman Jerome Rektorik voted against the motion. The proposed rate will generate $51.7 million for debt service and city operations. Four residents spoke against the tax increase.

Public hearings on the tax rate were Aug. 22 and Sept. 12.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:06 p.m.

Texas Independence Ballpark Midtown College Station

The council voted unanimously to officially name the new park on Rock Prairie Road as Texas Independence Ballpark Midtown College Station. The council also named the complex’s eight ball fields as Gonzales, Goliad, Alamo, San Jacinto, Sabine River, Rio Grande, Red River, and Lone Star.

The park had been temporarily called Southeast Park.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:22 p.m.

Texas A&M Ticket Reselling

The council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance related to Texas A&M ticket reselling, along with an inter-local agreement with the university for related law enforcement assistance. 

Reselling of A&M football tickets often results in unsuspecting buyers purchasing invalid or counterfeit tickets. The ordinance requires a university permitting process. It doesn’t impact the occasional resale of personal tickets. The agreement allows university police to help the city with enforcement.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

9:24 p.m.

BVSWMA Board Appointment

The council voted 6-0-1 to reappoint Councilman John Nichols to the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s board of directors. Nichols abstained from the vote.

9:24 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

9:24 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Monday, Oct. 7.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian 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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