This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 25. 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.
The workshop has started. Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilmember James Benham are absent tonight.
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 28. 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 also can be accessed through the city’s Facebook page.
Workshop Meeting (6 p.m.)
Brazos Animal Shelter Annual Report
The council will receive a report from the Brazos Animal Shelter regarding its activities in the current fiscal year. The city pays the shelter annual fees of $169,513.
More than 70 Wellborn area residents and property owners gathered Monday night at the Wellborn Community Center to begin working with city officials on a plan to retain Wellborn as a place of lasting value that enriches their lives and those of all College Station residents. Representatives from the College Station City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Manager’s Office were on hand to learn from residents what they value about Wellborn and why they are so passionate about its future.
An Open and Transparent Process
Residents and businesses are encouraged to continue taking an active role in the development of the Wellborn District Plan, which we intend to remain an open and transparent process. A pre-determined plan for the area does not exist, and this initial meeting started the development process. The primary objectives are to ensure that Wellborn does not lose its unique identity while still recognizing it is part of a growing city. The planning process is similar to that used to develop plans for other parts of the city, including the historic Eastgate and Southside neighborhoods, and the more recently developed neighborhoods in the central area of the community.
As with any annexation, the City of College Station accepted a number of obligations when it annexed 649 acres in the Wellborn area in mid-April. In addition to these obligations, the city council made a number of commitments that go well beyond those mandated by state law. This blog outlines some of the steps the city recently has taken to honor its obligations and commitments.
The obligations required by state law are spelled out in the service plan that was adopted with the annexation. These obligations include providing emergency services such as fire and police protection, street and drainage maintenance, sanitary sewer service, etc. The commitments are actions the city has indicated it will carry out that exceed state law and are either identified in the service plan or were discussed by council during the annexation public hearings. These include significant commitments to provide building inspections, code enforcement, planning services, etc.
The following items are a brief overview of the city’s recent efforts to honor its obligations and commitments:
Emergency Services: The city has included the newly annexed area into its emergency service area, conducting routine patrols, responding to inquiries, issuing permits and responding to emergency calls for items ranging from animals-at-large to reports of suspicious persons.