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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 14)

College Station City Council

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

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

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online.

5:46 p.m.

The workshop has started.

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Five 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 (about 5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Security Camera Surveillance: In the workshop, the council will discuss stronger regulations for security cameras at businesses such as convenience stores.
  2. Creek Meadows Lift Station: The council will consider an agreement to increase the capacity of the Creek Meadows sewage lift station to serve the recently annexed Wellborn area.
  3. Automatic CPR Devices: The council will consider the purchase of automatic CPR devices for the city’s EMS units to provide better patient care.
  4. Trash Valet & Recycling Agreement: The council will consider the first of two readings of a franchise agreement that would allow Brazos Valley Recycling to collect recyclables from commercial businesses and multi-family locations.
  5. Parks & Recreation User Fees: The council will consider new user fees for Parks & Recreation facilities and programs, including increases for facility rentals, cemetery spaces, and some activities.

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

2014 CouncilWelcome to the live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 25. It’s not the official minutes.

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

5:52 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman Steve Aldrich is absent tonight.

5:57 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:

  • Inter-Local Agreement for ITS Master Plan: The city is developing the Intelligent Traffic System Master Plan in response to population growth and the expansion of Kyle Field. The plan upgrades traffic signal technology and begins addressing congestion issues. Since the program will also result in better traffic management after Aggie football games, the Texas A&M University System wants to give the city $850,000 to expedite implementation of the plan and procure equipment. TAMUS also will provide $150,000 to the Texas Transportation Institute to review and approve the plan before it provides funds to the city.

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Podcast: Coleman responds to city’s water worries

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Director of Water Services Dave Coleman may be the happiest guy on the city staff, but he’s leading the charge on a very serious issue: protecting and preserving our water supplies for generations to come.

Coleman has been Director of Water Services for the City of College Station since 2005. Before joining the city, he served more than two decades as a civil engineer corps officer in the U.S. Navy. A native of Wichita Falls, David received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M in 1981, earned a master’s in construction engineering from Stanford, and also attended the U.S. Naval War College.

In this podcast, Coleman talks conservation, how using treated effluent is saving millions of gallons of drinking water a day, and why his hometown implemented the desperate solution of drinking “potty water.”

Click below to listen. Soundcloud may not play in older versions of Internet Explorer.

 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 12)

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This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 12. 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.

6:07 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:13 p.m.

Council Agenda Discussion

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

  • Game Day Traffic Study: This project is a follow-up to the 2013 game day traffic study and will include traffic management and implementation plans. The Texas A&M University System has contracted with Texas A&M Transportation Institute for $200,000 to complete the project. The remaining partners will contract individually with the system to fund their respective costs — $35,000 each from Texas A&M Transportation, Texas A&M University System, City of Bryan, 12th Man Foundation, and City of College Station, and $25,000 from the CVB.
  • Wastewater Capacity Study: Water Services routinely monitors the flow levels in the wastewater collection system, and excessive flows during rain events have been detected in the Northgate and Southwood Valley sewer shed areas. The sources of this inflow must be identified and corrected to regain the capacity in the sewer mains and lift stations. This study will identify potential pipe failures, hydraulic capacity issues, and possible illegal connections. In addition, rehabilitation projects will be identified and prioritized. The study will be paid for with wastewater operating funds.

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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (Nov. 26)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, Nov. 26. 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.

6:09 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:09 p.m.

The council voted 6-0-1 to reject a request by Deluxe Burger Bar — which has a lease agreement with the city — to purchase city-owned property on First Street. The council rejected the request as untimely since the city already has entered into a contract with a buyer. Councilmember Steve Aldrich abstained.

6:10 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem

This item was postponed until the Dec. 12 meeting.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Aug. 8)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 8. 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 meeting has started. Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilmembers Blanche Brick and James Benham are absent.

6:30 p.m.

Wastewater Master Plan Update (Northgate)

The council heard a presentation on a Wastewater Master Plan update that’s intended to keep up with new development in the Northgate area. Wastewater capacity is adequate to serve currently planned developments, but infrastructure upgrades will be needed before additional developments can occur. Improvements will be to the Hensel Park Lift Station and the Northeast Trunk Line.

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Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]Here are five items to watch when the College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings:   (more…)


Five things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

gavel[1]Here are five items to watch when the College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings:   (more…)


CSU’s new hotline will mean no more busy signals

2013 Hotline Sticker-2Unfortunately, power and water outages happen. When they do, it’s important for College Station Utilities customers to let us know promptly. If you simply assume your neighbor has already reported it, service restoration may be delayed. Your timely report also helps us determine the size of the outage.

Of course, you may be one of the many customers who have tried to call our emergency number but received nothing but a busy signal — if you weren’t dropped completely. When your lights are out, it can be a highly frustrating experience. Thankfully, those days will soon be history.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Sept. 27)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 27. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

6:13 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:32 p.m.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Project 

The council received a presentation on the $1.5 million Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Projects, which is on the consent agenda for tonight’s regular meeting. In the first step in the treatment process, untreated wastewater flows into the headworks from the collection system. Large objects and sediment are removed so the wastewater can continue through the rest of the process.

Although key equipment is worn out and needs either replacement or rehabilitation, this project includes only items needed to restore functionality to existing equipment. The improvements are for the screw lift pumps, grit and grease removal systems, oiler system, odor controls and junction box, which will allow the headworks to operate until information is received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about future permit restrictions, which could require major changes to the headworks structure.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Sept. 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

3:05 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Councilmember Dave Ruesink is out of town.

3:35 p.m.

Conference Center Options

The council heard a brief history of the College Station Conference Center, an overview of its operations and discussed options for its future. The facility was closed in early July because of safety concerns. Staff estimates that necessary repairs and upgrades would cost between $1.6 million and $2.1 million.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Aug. 23)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 23. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

6:01 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

6:04 p.m.

Mayor Berry proclaimed September as Library Card Sign-Up Month.

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City Council Meeting Preview (August 23)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, August 23. This blog is not the complete and official agenda.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the website. A detailed live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and can also be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)

Wastewater Collection Projects

The council will hear a report on the status of major wastewater collection construction projects, which will require significant capital investment in the next decade to meet demands and enable development. The major projects they will discuss are the Bee Creek Trunk Line, Wellborn Gravity Sewer Line, East Side Sewer System, Northeast Trunk Line, and the Spring Creek Corporate Campus and Lick Creek Trunk Lines.

South Knoll-The Glade Utility Rehabilitation Project

The council will receive a presentation on the South Knoll-The Glade Utility Rehabilitation Project. The council will consider the construction contract for the project as part of the consent agenda. The project includes the rehabilitation of water and wastewater utility infrastructure in the area generally bordered by Glade Street, Haines Drive, Langford Street and Bee Creek Drive.

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City Council Preview (June 14)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be discussing at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 14. This blog is not a complete and official agenda.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. Previous council meetings are archived on the website. A detailed live blog from the meetings will be posted on this site and also can be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.

Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)

CVB Annual Report

The council will hear a report from the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau about its activities in 2012. The city provides the CVB with $1 million each year from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund.

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Can you Imagine Kyle Field Under 57 feet of Water?

Kyle Field

The Brazos Valley’s long drought is over — at least for now — but conserving our water resources remains one of the City of College Station’s highest priorities.

The city’s proactive conservation efforts take another giant step this spring when its first reclaimed water system begins operating at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex. Reclaimed water, sometimes called recycled or reused water, is the beneficial and sustainable use of treated wastewater. This virtually drought-proof water supply is pumped from the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to a 480,000-gallon storage tank that’s used to irrigate the entire facility.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (March 22)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 22. It is not the official minutes.

7:56 p.m.

The regular meeting has been adjourned. The council meets again on April 12.

7:55 p.m.

Substation Distribution Upgrade and Entergy Tie Bid

The council unanimously approved a $1.5 million bid by Pike Electric Corporation for the construction of Switch Station Substation Distribution improvements and an Entergy Texas, Inc. transmission line.

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City Council Meeting Live Blog (Nov. 10)

8:50 p.m.

After discussing the council calendar, future agenda items and committee reports, the meeting was adjourned.

8:22 p.m.

Animal Shelter Board

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Chantal Vassali as the city’s new representative on the Brazos Animal Shelter Board. The regular meeting was adjourned and the council returned to the unfinished portion of the workshop agenda.

8:20 p.m.

Rezoning for 6100 Victoria Avenue

The council unanimously approved  a rezoning request for 6.86 acres west of the Castlegate Subdivision on Victoria Avenue to allow residential development. The proposed rezoning is compatible with nearby properties, which are being developed for single-family residential uses. Here is the Powerpoint presentation received by the council:

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City Council Preview (Nov. 10)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Nov. 10, at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the entire agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Junior College Football Bowl Game

The council will receive a presentation regarding a proposal for an annual National Junior College Athletic Association football bowl game in College Station beginning in December 2012.  The council will consider approving a formal request for the bowl game on Nov. 21. In August, Blinn College began working on the proposal with the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. The group has met with Texas A&M officials and has compiled anticipated attendance numbers, budget and other items.  The Brazos Valley Bowl presented by Blinn College would be played at Kyle Field on the Texas A&M campus. Hotel Occupancy Tax funds will be requested to assist with the proposal and eventual event.

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City Council Meeting Summary (Sept. 22)

This blog is a summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Sept. 22 and is not the official minutes. Changes made to specific items will be recorded in the minutes, which will be available in approximately two weeks.

Workshop Meeting Highlights

Click here to watch the entire workshop meeting. Click on individual agenda items listed beneath the video window to view a specific segment.

Council Liaisons to City Boards and Committees

The council consensus was to postpone the appointment of council liaisons until after the Sunset Advisory Commission reports its findings.  The Council will continue to attend meetings on a rotating basis at the Design Review Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Council Member Julie Schultz will serve as interim liaison for the Historic Preservation Committee. Liaisons would represent the council on city boards and committees that lack council representation, and would not have voting or other privileges reserved for full members.

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City Council Preview (Sept. 22)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday, Sept. 22, at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the entire agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Council Liaisons to City Boards and Committees

The city council will consider appointing liaisons to represent the council on city boards and committees that lack council representation. The liaisons would serve in an ex-officio capacity only and would not have voting or other privileges reserved for full members.

Council Strategic Plan

The council will review the progress on its strategic plan update and provide direction to staff. The council began updating the plan at its annual retreat in July, when it reviewed current and projected conditions that affect the operation of city government, and affirmed its commitment to the adopted Vision Statement, Organizational Mission Statement, and Core Values.

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City Council Preview (August 25)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, August 25. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the complete agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Proposed FY 2012 Budget Review
After conducting 12 hours of budget workshops in a four-day period last week (Aug. 15-18), the council will continue its review of the proposed 2012 city budget. The budget workshops will be broadcast in their entirety this week on Suddenlink Ch. 19. Click here for the broadcast schedule. A public budget hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8, with final adoption set for Sept. 22.

Update on Northgate Operations, Parking
The council will receive a workshop update on Northgate District Operations and the Northgate Parking Enterprise Fund. The city has worked with Northgate merchants and other stakeholders to enhance the district’s operations, facilitate public investments and evaluate parking operations. Staff is recommending that the city continue to own and operate district parking operations, along with adjustments in rates in a number of locations that would result in an increase in the number of reduced-rate or free parking spaces. The city will continue to monitor the fund and set rates to adequately cover operating, maintenance and debt costs.

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City Council Meeting Summary (August 11)

This blog is a summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on August 11 and is not the official minutes. Changes made to specific items will be recorded in the minutes, which will be available in approximately two weeks.

Workshop Meeting Highlights

Click here to watch the entire workshop meeting. Click on individual agenda items listed beneath the video window to view a specific segment.

Proposed FY2012 City Budget
The council received its first glimpse of the city’s proposed FY 2012 budget, which includes the city’s lowest property tax rate in a decade and recommends no rate increases for electric, water or sanitation services. The council will conduct four days of budget workshops next week (Aug. 15-18), followed by a public hearing on Sept. 8. Final adoption of the budget and tax rate is set for Sept. 22.

Click here for the press release about the budget presentation.

Click here to see the entire proposed budget.

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Previewing Thursday’s City Council Meetings (August 11)

Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering at its workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, August 11. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the entire agenda packets.

Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)

Proposed FY2012 City Budget
The council will receive the proposed 2012 city budget. The budget process includes a public hearing on Sept. 8, with final adoption set for Sept. 22. Workshop meetings are scheduled for August 15-18 for the council to review the proposed budget. Several areas will be discussed, including fiscal and budgetary policies, a review of all funds, the proposed pay plan, tax rate options, outside agency funding, capital projects, utility rates and other issues.

Carters and Burton Creek Bacteria
The council will hear a workshop presentation on state and local plans to restore and maintain Carters and Burton creeks, which have elevated bacteria levels. The two creeks run through most of Brazos County and are among 271 waterways in Texas that do not meet quality standards. The cities of College Station and Bryan, along with Brazos County, Texas A&M and the Texas Department of Transportation, are working with AgriLIFE and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to formulate a proactive implementation plan.

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