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

Standing (l-r): John Crompton, Bob Brick, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney. Sitting (l-r): Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Elizabeth Cunha.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 25. 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 webinar number 935 8354 7898. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to Zoom.

82 Years Ago Today

The inaugural meeting of the first College Station City Council was held 82 years ago today on the Texas A&M campus.

5:05 p.m.

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

5:06 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council pulled no items from tonight’s consent agenda for discussion.

  • Vos Transport Franchise Agreement: The proposed agreement allows Vos Transport to collect demolition and construction debris, recyclables, and organic waste from commercial, industrial, and multi-family locations in College Station.
  • Bio-Corridor Development Incentive: The City of Bryan has asked College Station to ratify and approve an economic development incentive for a proposed development in the Biocorridor under the cities’ inter-local agreement.
  • Janitorial Contract: The two-year, $465,011 contract with Andrews Building Service is for janitorial services for city facilities and the Northgate District.

5:25 p.m.

Annual Traffic Contact Report

The council accepted the annual traffic contact report compiled by an independent consultant. The report indicates that the College Station Police Department complies with state law and employs best practices.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:13 p.m.

Parks & Recreation User Fees

The council discussed the methodology used to establish parks and recreation user fees, including recovery policies, program subsidies, and how fees fit into policies.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

6:15 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.

6:49 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:53 p.m.

Hear Visitors

No one spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.

6:54 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • The first reading of a franchise agreement with Vos Transport for the collection of demolition and construction debris, recyclables, and organic waste from commercial, industrial, and multi-family locations.
  • A resolution ratifying and approving an economic development incentive by the City of Bryan for a development in the Biocorridor under the inter-local cooperation and joint development agreement between the cities.
  • A two-year, $465,011 contract with Andrews Building Service for janitorial services for city facilities and the Northgate District.
  • A $357,920 contract with Iteris for purchasing services, equipment, and hardware and software maintenance.

6:57 p.m.

Century Hill Easement Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to abandon small portions of 20-foot wide public utility easements in the Century Hill Development Subdivision to address site constraints. The remaining easements are adequate to serve existing public infrastructure.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

7:11 p.m.

State Highway 6 Waterline Easements

In three separate votes, the council voted unanimously to authorize eminent domain proceedings for public utility easements and temporary construction easements on three small parcels of land as part of the third phase of the State Highway 6 waterline project. The project will install 18-inch and 20-inch waterlines along the frontage road from north of Woodcreek Drive to north of Emerald Plaza.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

  • Tortuga 3209: The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution determining that an easement containing 0.0761 acres and a temporary construction easement containing 0.0799 acres is to be acquired from Tortuga 3209 for the construction, operation, maintenance, inspection, replacement, and removal of public utility lines and other public infrastructure as part of the State Highway 6 waterline project. The motion also authorizes eminent domain proceedings.
  • Brazos RE Investors Group: The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution determining that an easement containing 1.092 acres and a temporary construction easement containing 0.541 acres is to be acquired from Brazos RE Investors Group for the construction, operation, maintenance, inspection, replacement, and removal of public utility lines and other public infrastructure as part of the State Highway 6 waterline project. The motion also authorizes eminent domain proceedings.
  • HRKR: The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution determining that an easement containing 0.086 acres is to be acquired from HRKR for the construction, operation, maintenance, inspection, replacement, and removal of public utility lines and other public infrastructure as part of the State Highway 6 waterline project. The motion also authorizes eminent domain proceedings.

9:08 p.m.

Graham Road Land Use

After a public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to deny a request to change the land use from Suburban Commercial to Urban for about 10 acres west of the International Leadership of Texas public charter school campus on Graham Road. Mayor Mooney and Councilman John Nichols supported the change, which would have allowed for townhomes, duplexes, and high-density apartments targeted toward young professionals.

More than a dozen people spoke in the public hearing — one representing a group of 10 — and 12 written comments were submitted. 

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

10:02 p.m.

Winter Storm Update

The council discussed the city’s response to last week’s winter storm across Texas, which severely stressed the infrastructure and core services provided by state and local governments.

Here’s the PowerPoint Presentation:

10:04 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, March 11.

 


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 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 webinar number 935 8354 7898. if the call-in number isn’t working, access will be limited to 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:

  1. Parks & Recreation User Fees: In the workshop, the council will discuss the methodology used to establish user fees for parks and recreation services, including recovery policies, program subsidies, and how fees fit into the policies.
  2. Easement Abandonment: After a public hearing in the regular meeting, the council will consider a request to abandon small portions of 20-foot wide public utility easements in the Century Hill Development Subdivision to address site constraints. The remaining easements are adequate to serve existing public infrastructure.
  3. Graham Road Land Use: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the land use from Suburban Commercial to Urban for about 10 acres west of the International Leadership of Texas public charter school campus on Graham Road. The change would allow for townhomes, duplexes, and high-density apartments for young professionals.
  4. SH 6 Waterline Easements: The council will consider authorizing eminent domain proceedings for public utility easements and temporary construction easements on three small parcels of land as part of the third phase of the State Highway 6 waterline project. The project will install 18-inch and 20-inch waterlines along the frontage road from north of Woodcreek Drive to north of Emerald Plaza.
  5. City Storm Response: The council will discuss the city’s response to last week’s winter storm across Texas, which severely stressed the infrastructure and core services provided by state and local governments.

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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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City waives winter storm repair permit fees

By Michael Ostrowski, Director of Planning and Development Services

The City of College Station’s Planning and Development Services is waiving required permit fees for residential or commercial repairs related to this week’s winter storm. 

To receive the waiver when applying through the city’s online permitting system (eTRAKIT), select “2021 Winter Storm Repair” as the permit type, then the appropriate subtype for the repair.  

The permit fee waiver will be in effect for permit applications through March 7.  Work not related to storm damage does not qualify. Homeowners and contractors should apply for the appropriate permit type for that work through eTRAKiT.

The city requires contractors to register before obtaining a permit. When registering, contractors must provide:

  • Copy of state license.
  • Certificate of insurance.
  • Registration fee.
  • Completed contractor registration form. 

A homeowner may obtain a building permit for work on a building they own and occupy as a homestead. However, licensed contractors must obtain electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits. 

Permits are required for:

  • Building a new structure or altering or repairing an existing structure, including replacing roof coverings and windows. Exceptions include cosmetic repairs, including wall coverings that don’t alter structural components.
  • Installing, altering, or repairing a plumbing system. Exceptions include unstopping a drain line, provided that a trap, drain, waste, or vent pipe isn’t removed and replaced with new material. A plumbing permit is also required to install, alter, enlarge, or repair a gas piping system.
  • Installing electrical wiring, devices, appliances, fixtures, and electrical equipment, except for replacing fuses, snap switches, and signal-conveying systems.
  • Installing, altering, repairing, or replacing a mechanical system. Exceptions include installing portable heating devices and cooling units, and the replacement of any minor part that doesn’t alter the approval of equipment or make it unsafe.

For more information about the permitting and registration process, contact Planning and Development Services’ Building Division at cspds@cstx.gov or 979-764-3570.

 


About the Blogger

Michael Ostrowski is in his first year as director of Planning and Development Services. He previously served as assistant planning and development director in San Marcos after many years with municipalities in Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and public administration from Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and master’s degrees in public administration and urban planning from Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


 

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