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How Veterans Park will soon be even more amazing

By Kelly Kelbly, Interim Parks & Recreation Director

Few things are more disappointing for young athletes than when a much-anticipated sports event is rained out.

The Parks & Recreation staff shares that pain.

You spend endless hours practicing your sport in preparation for competitive or recreational play. At the same time, we spend untold hours preparing the fields. Unfortunately, it takes just one significant thunderstorm to cause a rainout.

When such adverse circumstances arise, our staff is laser-focused on getting the fields playable and limiting the turnaround time as much as possible. Facility improvements are on the way at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex to simplify that daunting task.

The College Station City Council recently approved a $1.9 million contract that includes drainage improvements for the front six fields that will funnel water away from the playing surfaces.  Concrete flumes will also be constructed between the fields, and sidewalks will be added throughout the complex to enhance accessibility and safety.

But that’s not all.

We recognize that younger siblings quickly become bored waiting for games or practices to end.  That’s why we’re adding two military-themed playgrounds to enhance the spirit of a park that celebrates our nation’s veterans.

Additional enhancements included in the project are a new restroom at the south end and the reconstruction of the park’s three roundabouts.

We expect the work to be complete by next spring. In the meantime, we also understand the project will create challenges and frustrations for park users. The road work will cause intermittent closures of the Harvey Road and University Drive entrances, and at times, we’ll need to restrict access from the north to the south end of the park.

Work around the front six fields will require a construction fence to protect visitors, and caution signs will be posted throughout the park and along roadways. We urge you to heed all warnings for the safety of your family.

For updates on the project, along with all our programs and events, we encourage you to subscribe to our weekly Recreation Connection eNewsletter. For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or parks@cstx.gov.

Veterans Park and Athletic Complex is a jewel in our parks system, attracting more than one million local and out-of-town visitors a year. We appreciate your understanding and support as we make this fantastic complex even more impressive.

 


About the Blogger

Interim Director Kelly Kelbly is in her 20th year with the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Gilmer, Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M.


 

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

Standing (L-R): John Crompton, Bob Brick, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (L-R): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, John Nichols.

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. 24. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live 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 980 8998 1712. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom. If the call-in number isn’t functioning, access will be through the internet link only.

4:18 p.m.

The workshop has started.

4:52 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled for discussion these items from tonight’s consent agenda:

  • Fees, Rates, and Charges: The council adopts a new resolution each year to keep current the city’s fees, rates, and charges as provided by the Code of Ordinances.
  • Madden Media Contract: Experience Bryan College Station has been working with Madden Media for the past year and a half. Madden has performed digital advertising for all three tourism markets as well as search engine optimization and search engine marketing. With the dissolution of Experience BCS, and per consultation with the City of College Station Public Communications Department, Madden Media has been selected to continue digital marketing and advertising efforts an additional year for an amount not to exceed $336,520.

  • Property Casualty, Excess General Liability and Excess Workers’ Compensation:  Overall insurance premiums for FY 21 increased $138,783.45 over FY20, or about 24.3%.

  • Arts Council Agreement: The $358,178 in this agreement is budgeted in the 2020-2021 Hotel Tax Fund budget. State law requires that the city council adopt the budget of any organization that is to be funded through hotel tax revenue. The Arts Council budget was presented for approval with the operations and maintenance funding agreement consent agenda item.
  • Sewer Service Policy Exception for James Rourk:  Mr. Rourk asked the city to provide sanitary sewer service to a home outside the city limits and within the certificated area for sewer. He has consented to bear all infrastructure cost for connecting to the city system. City policy prohibits the extension of sewer service outside the city limits without annexation, but it does allow exceptions under specific circumstances. In 2006, the Water Services Department constructed an adjacent sewer line and has allowed other exceptions.

5:38 p.m.

TxDOT Projects

The council discussed the Texas Department of Transportation’s projects in College Station.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

5:39 p.m.

The council is taking a short break.

6:03 p.m.

The workshop has resumed.

6:37 p.m.

Veterans Park Enhancements

The council discussed future enhancements to Veterans Park & Athletic Complex.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:38 p.m.

Definitions of Family and Related

The council discussed possible modifications to the city’s definition and enforcement of the terms “family” and “related” as they apply to the number of unrelated persons that may reside together. The consensus of the council was to make the definitions more inclusive.

Public hearings will be conducted in the fall before the council adopts the new definitions. Meanwhile, the development of a restricted occupancy overlay has been put on hold.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:40 p.m.

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

7:51 p.m.

The workshop has started.

7:55 p.m.

Constitution Week

The mayor proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

8:05 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Two people spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

  • Richard Dusold spoke against building a new Thomas Park swimming pool.
  • David Flash said Council Member Linda Harvell has made false statements about him and tried to discredit him. He asked council members to adhere to the Aggie Code of Honor.
  • Craig Regan asked that notices be sent to residents when major changes are considered in an area, such as the construction of the new water tower on State Highway 6.

8:06 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council unanimously voted to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • A $321,644.66 contract with Utility Restoration Services for annual padmount equipment repair and restoration.
  • A change order deducting $55,700 from a contract with Jones & Carter for the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Electrical Improvements Project.
  • A resolution adopting fees, rates and charges as provided in the city’s Code of Ordinances.
  • A five-year, $657,160 technology services contract with Tyler Technologies for municipal court case management software implementation, licensing and maintenance, and support services.
  • A change order adding $119,358 to a contract with Stantec Consulting Services for the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Blower Buildings Nos. 2 & 3 project.
  • A $287,000 contract with Kimley-Horn for the Rock Prairie Road East Widening Project.
  • A resolution approving a negotiated settlement between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corp., MidTex Division, regarding the company’s 2020 rate review mechanism filings.
  • The rejection of bids for the Spring Creek Substation Battery House Enclosure.
  • A contract not to exceed $336,520 with Madden Media.
  • A $205,000 contract with SynchroGrid for electric consulting and engineering services.
  • City of College Station Excess Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Property/Boiler & Machinery, Commercial Crime, EMT Liability, Auto Property Damage, Cyber Liability, Unmanned Aircraft liability and property; Special Events policies for Fiscal Year 2021. FY21 premiums for all lines of coverage are not to exceed $710,000.
  • The purchase of electric warehouse inventory not to exceed $182,748 from Landis+Gyr Technology for the Automated Metering Infrastructure System.
  • A resolution authorizing expenditures of $248,520 to the Aggieland Humane Society.
  • A $358,178 agreement with Arts Council of the Brazos Valley for affiliate funding and art and tourism marketing.
  • A $91,750 agreement with Arts Council of the Brazos Valley agency funding.
  • A $350,000 funding agreement with the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation.
  • A $22,500 funding agreement with the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and the organization’s budget.
  • A $46,730 funding agreement with Keep Brazos Beautiful.
  • A $22,500 funding agreement with the Memorial for All Veterans of the Brazos
  • Valley and the organization’s budget.
  • A $143,550 contract with Iteris for services, equipment and software for automated traffic signal performance measures.
  • The renewal of two contracts totaling $115,809.50 for sign posts and signs.
  • An ordinance reducing the speed limit to 35 mph on North Forest Parkway between State
  • Highway 6 and Appomattox Drive.
  • A $150,000 sponsorship agreement with Santa’s Wonderland.

8:25 p.m.

The council unanimously voted to approve this item after it was pulled for continued discussion:

  • A resolution allowing James Rourk to construct sewer infrastructure necessary to connect his home to the city’s sanitary sewer system as an exception to city policy.

8:26 p.m.

Comp Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report

The council will consider the Comprehensive Plan’s 10-Year Evaluation and Appraisal Report at its Oct. 8 meeting.

8:30 p.m.

Hot Mix Asphalt Contract

The council unanimously voted to approve annual price agreements with Knife River ($1.4 million) and BPI Materials ($600,000) for Type D Hot Mix Asphalt to be picked up by city crews or delivered to the job site as requested for street maintenance.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:49 p.m.

Lick Creek Trunk Line Change Order

The council unanimously voted to approve a $571,314.94 change order to the contract with Thalle Construction for the Lick Creek Trunk Line project.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:08 p.m.

Jones Butler Road Extension Design

The council unanimously voted to approve a $1.28 million contract with Kimley-Horn for the design of the Jones Butler Road extension.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

9:10 p.m.

Extension of Disaster Declaration

The council unanimously voted to extend the mayor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.

9:12 p.m.

BVSWMA Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to appoint Bill Lartigue to a three-year term on the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s Board of Directors.

9:19 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Oct. 8.

 


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 at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 3:30 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance is restricted.

The meetings will be streamed live 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 980 8998 1712. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom. If the call-in number isn’t functioning, access will be through the internet link only.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must 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. Definitions of Family and Related: The council will have a workshop discussion about possible modifications to the city’s definition and enforcement of the terms “family” and “related” as they apply to the number of unrelated persons that may reside together. While the ew definitions are considered, development of a restricted occupancy overlay has been put on hold.
  2. Veterans Park Enhancements: The council will hear a workshop presentation about future enhancements to Veterans Park & Athletic Complex.
  3. TxDOT Projects: Another workshop item is an overview of the Texas Department of Transportation’s projects in College Station.
  4. North Forest Speed Limit: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider reducing the speed limit to 35 mph on North Forest Parkway between State Highway 6 and Appomattox Drive to address safety concerns.
  5. Comp Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report: After a public hearing, the council will consider accepting the Comprehensive Plan’s 10-Year Evaluation and Appraisal Report. The report serves identifies the plan’s successes and shortcomings and recommends modifications.

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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: Thursday’s city council meetings (Aug. 27)

Standing (L-R): John Crompton, Bob Brick, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (L-R): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, John Nichols.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings are streamed live 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 990 7628 0717.  Public comments will be allowed through Zoom.

5:27 p.m.

The workshop has started.

5:28 p.m.

The council took one action out of executive session, voting unanimously to authorize the interim city manager to negotiate reasonable terms and conditions and execute a letter of intent related to the sale of about 18 acres southeast of Corporate Parkway and State Highway 6 northbound frontage road.

5:30 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

  • Memorial Cemetery Fencing: The $498,941 contract with Vaughn Construction is for installing wrought iron fencing at the city’s Memorial Cemetery. The project will continue the fencing along the cemetery’s north, east, and western property lines. The project is financed through Memorial Cemetery funds, which can only be spent in the cemetery.

6:20 p.m.

Thomas Park Planning

The council discussed future planning and capital projects for Mabel Clare Thomas Park, including roadways, sidewalks, drainage, and other improvements.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:39 p.m.

City Fiber Leasing

The council discussed the status of the leasing of city fiber and additional opportunities. The city’s fiber ring has various spurs of more than 60 miles. Agreements are in place to lease spare fiber to local companies.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:42 p.m.

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

6:54 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:01 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.

  • Elianor Vessali encouraged the city to develop a mobile app with pertinent information for residents.

7:04 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda.

  • An agreement not to exceed $112,432.35 with SPS VAR for utility billing system hardware.
  • An annual blanket purchase agreement estimated at $120,000 with Bound Tree Medical for various EMS medical supplies.
  • Removed parking on the south side of Cottonwood Terrace Court from around the cul de sac to Parmer Creek Court; the south side of Mamma Bear Drive between Holleman Drive South and Towers Parkway; the west side of Papa Bear Drive between Hayes Lane and Mamma Bear Drive; both sides of the public alley between the 1000 block of Toledo Bend Drive and the 1100 block of Toledo Bend Drive; both sides of the public alley between the 1100 block of Amistad Loop and the 1100 block of Amistad Loop; and both sides of the public alley between the 1000 block of Amistad Loop and the 1200 block of Amistad Loop.
  • Authorized FY 21 funds for items greater than $100,000 that are exempt from competitive bidding.
  • Appointed Peggy Sherman and Assistant Police Chief Brandy Norris as College Station’s representatives on the Aggieland Humane Society Board.

The council voted separately on this item, which it approved unanimously:

  • A $498,941 contract with Vaughn Construction for the installation of wrought iron fencing for Memorial Cemetery.

7:10 p.m.

FY 21 Budget Adoption

The council voted unanimously to adopt the city’s $311.5 million FY 21 budget, which includes $264.8 million for operations and maintenance  and $46.74 million for capital projects.

The council also voted unanimously to ratify a property tax revenue increase of about $930,000.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:17 p.m.

FY 21 Tax Rate Adoption

The council voted unanimously to adopt a FY 21 property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as the FY 20 rate. The proposed rate would generate about $49.2 million to fund the city’s general debt service ($0.226443) and part of the General Fund’s operations and maintenance costs ($0.318175).

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:59 p.m.

Alamosa Street Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-1 to deny a request to change the zoning from Townhouse to Planned Development District for about four acres at 3914 Alamosa Street, which is west of Harvey Road and south of Summit Crossing Lane. Councilman John Nichols voted for the motion. Two people spoke during the public hearing.

The change addresses market changes and provides small-lot, single-family homes.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:01 p.m.

TRAP Institute and Expo

The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting the city’s bid for the 2022 Texas Recreation and Park Society Annual Institute and Expo. The annual event hosts hundreds of attendees, presenters, vendors, and volunteers and includes more than 80 educational events and an exhibit hall.

8:29 p.m.

Veterans Park Improvements

The council voted unanimously to approve a $1.93 million contract with JaCody Construction for drainage, roadway, and playability improvements at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. The project includes improved drainage and roadways, an additional restroom, sidewalks, and two new playgrounds.

The project is financed through Parkland Dedication funds, Neighborhood Zone 4 & Community Zone C&D, Field Redevelopment funds, and Capital Improvement Project funds. Parkland Dedication, Field Redevelopment and System Wide Park Improvement funds can only be used to improve parks and will be used before CIP funds.

The council also unanimously denied a change order that would have reduced the original contract by $271,352.51 by eliminating the planned addition of two playgrounds and associated features.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

8:36 p.m.

Extension of Disaster Declaration

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

8:36 p.m.

After the council discussed future agenda items, Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council’s next workshop and regular meetings are set for Thursday, Sept. 10.

 


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 at city hall on Thursday for its workshop (after 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings. Public attendance is restricted.

The meetings will be streamed live 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 990 7628 0717. Public comments will be allowed through Zoom.

To address the council via Zoom about any agenda item — or about non-agenda topics during Hear Visitors — you must 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:

  • Thomas Park Planning: In the workshop, the council will discuss future planning and capital projects for Mabel Clare Thomas Park, including roadways, sidewalks, drainage, and improvements.
  • FY 21 Budget Adoption: In the regular meeting, the council will consider adopting the city’s proposed FY 21 budget.
  • FY 21 Tax Rate Adoption: The council will consider adopting the proposed FY 21 property tax rate of $0.534618 per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as the FY 20 rate.
  • Alamosa Street Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from Townhouse to Planned Development District for about four acres at 3914 Alamosa Street, which is west of Harvey Road and south of Summit Crossing Lane. The change addresses market changes and provides small-lot, single-family homes.
  • Veterans Park Improvements: The council will consider a $1.93 million contract with JaCody Construction for drainage, roadway and playability improvements at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. The project includes improved drainage and roadways, an additional restroom, sidewalks, and two new playgrounds.

Related Links:                                                            

 


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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Fundamental Field Hockey program starts April 1

By Trish Winkle, Fundamental Field Hockey Instructor

Did you know that field hockey is one of the most-played sports in the world?

Field hockey is similar to soccer but uses a hook-shaped stick to hit the ball up and down the field. While it’s been an Olympic sport for more than a century, field hockey in the United States has mostly been limited to the east coast.

However, the sport recently has gained popularity and blossomed across the country — even in Texas. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our new Fundamental Field Hockey program, which is designed to expose young athletes to the sport while emphasizing fun physical activity.

Our program follows USA Field Hockey’s FUNdamental youth development program, where players learn skills and basic knowledge of positions, rules, and equipment. They also participate in intergroup games and fun competitions. We provide sticks and balls and recommended close-toed athletic shoes, shin guards, and mouth guards.

The program features 5-9 and 10-13 age divisions and runs April 1-May 6 at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. The cost is $40. Registration ends March 29 and is available online, by calling 979-764-3486 or at the Central Park office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.

 


About the Blogger

Trisha Winkle is a former collegiate field hockey player who has coached at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. A native of New Jersey, Trish recently moved to the area to work in Texas’s A&M’s Education Abroad program. In her free time, she shares her love of field hockey.


 

 

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