Mayor

City Council

 

 

Lynn McIlhaney

James Massey

 

 

Mayor Pro Tempore

Ron Silvia

 

 

Larry Mariott

Winnie Garner

 

 

City Manager

Dennis Maloney

 

 

Thomas E. Brymer

Anne Hazen

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Station, Embracing the Past, Exploring the Future

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

COLLEGE STATION CITY COUNCIL

Workshop and Regular Meetings

Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: Mayor McIlhaney, Mayor Pro Tem Mariott, Councilmembers Massey, Maloney, Silvia, Hazen and Garner

 

STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Brymer, City Attorney Cargill, Jr., City Secretary Hooks, Director of Fiscal Services Cryan, Budget and Strategic Planning Manager Kersten, Assistant to the City Manager Brandenburg, Public Services Director Smith, Senior Planner Kuenzel, City Planner Kee, Neighborhood Services Planner Battle

 

Mayor McIlhaney called the workshop meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 1 - Discussion of consent agenda items listed for Regular Council Meeting.

 

No items were removed for discussion.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 2 - Presentation, discussion, and possible action regarding prioritization of surface transportation projects and aviation/airport issues for the City of College Station.

 

Stanford Lynch and John Blaine of Dean International Inc. presented the prioritization for surface transportation projects for the City of College Station.  The transportation projects will identify, evaluate and prioritize the city’s ground base transportation needs. Mr. Lynch reviewed the matrix sheets that included the following information: 

·       New Location Facility

·       Special Transportation Facility

·       Satisfactory road Condition; Requires Widening

·       Unsatisfactory Road Condition; No Widening Required

·       Unsatisfactory Road Condition, Needs Widening

Also presented was an overview of the process and ranking of the project categories on the scoring sheets.   

 

City Manager Brymer reported that Texas A&M University has prepared to move forward with the transference of operation of the Easterwood Airport to another type of entity. 

 

After a brief discussion, council directed Dean International Inc. to move forward on the airport study by looking at the city's options, liabilities, cost, and processes on how do we get there from here. Council expressed a desire to take the lead on this project.  Dean International will present another report at the May 24th council meeting.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No 3 – Presentation, discussion and possible action on a street maintenance strategy in College Station.

 

Director of Public Works Director Mark Smith presented a street maintenance strategy for College Station.  Mr. Smith explained that Vision Statement #6, Strategy 31,b request staff to review resources available for street maintenance and recommend changes after reviewing programs and service levels.  Staff recommended sealcoating 36 lane miles and overlay 16 lane miles total 52 lane miles in FY 2001.  This proactive change will improve the quality of our streets and reduce long-term maintenance costs.  The negative aspects of sealcoating may create complaints.  The additional street sweeper purchased in fiscal year 2000 will help reduce the occurrence of loose gravel, which may reduce complaints.

 

Council supported staff recommendations.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 4 – Presentation, discussion and possible action on the Greenways program and the Wolf Pen Creek development.  Strategic Plan Vision Statement #4, Strategy #4: “Connectivity between greenways and parks”.

 

Director of Public Works Director Mark Smith presented an update regarding the Wolf Pen Creek development. 

 

Judy Downs, Greenways Coordinator presented an overview of the Greenways program. She recommended changes to the Greenways master plan.  The proposed changes were identified as: 

 

Based on a 1990 census data the City of College Station should consider upgrading its bike and pedestrian paths. 

 

Ms. Downs pointed out that an upcoming event is scheduled for June 23rd for the Bike Loop and Greenway demonstration project.   

 

Council heard from Scott Schaefer about the establishment of a greenways task force.  He encouraged council to consider this matter.  

 

No official action was taken.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 5 – Presentation, discussion and possible action on a Council resolution to adopt the 30/60 Study Area Plan Amendment.

 

Senior Planner Sabine Kuenzel presented a copy of the 30/60 Study Area analysis and recommendations with the changes as directed by Council on the April 12, 2001 meeting.  Council directed staff to change Sub-area 4 to include businesses that are conducive to tourism in regards to the conference center.  Also staff was directed to ensure that the  road west of Linda Lane extension would not extend through Veterans Park.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 6 – Council Calendars

 

Council Workshop and Regular Meetings, 5/10, 5/24

Strategic Planning Retreat, 5/14- 5/15 – Del Lago

Joint Legislative Meeting, 5/17, 12:00 p.m., Administration Conference Room

Trip to Austin with Dean International Inc., June 2001

Legislative Update, 6/25, Dallas

AMCC Institute, 7/19-22, Wichita Falls

Texas Transportation Summit, 8/15-8/17, Irving

Trip to Washington D.C., September, 2001

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 7 – Hear Visitors

 

Ernie Camp, 1812 Sabine Court expressed appreciation regarding postponing the enforcement of the smoking ordinance until league bowling concluded. 

 

Paul Clarke, 3608 East 29th Street, requested council adopt a policy to allow the private sector time to review and respond to the new Development Code before adoption.  Council directed staff to schedule meetings with the private sector.

 

Fain McDougal, 7607 Eastmark Drive, requested a 60-day time frame to review and respond to the new Development Code.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 8 - Executive Session

At 5:53 p.m. Mayor McIlhaney announced that the City Council would convene into executive session pursuant to Sections 551.071, 551.072 and 551.086 of the Open Meetings Act to seek the advice of the city attorney with respect to pending and contemplated litigation, to discuss the purchase of real property and consider economic development negotiations.

Pending and Contemplated Litigation {Gov’t Code Section 551.071}

1.  Cause No. 43,098-85, Brazos County - Bryan v. College Station

2.  Cause No. 96-03168, Travis County – Bryan, et al. v. PUC (intervention)

3.  Cause No. 97-02587, Travis County – Bryan, et al. v. PUC (intervention)

4.  Cause No. 98-13391, Travis County – Bryan, et al. v. PUC (intervention)

5.  Cause No. 96-06940, Travis County – Bryan, et al. v. PUC (intervention)

6.  Cause No. 97-07000, Travis County – TMPA v. PUC (intervention)

7.  Cause No. 98-11817, Travis County – TMPA v. PUC (intervention)

8.  Cause No. GN002343, Travis County – San Antonio v. PUC (intervention)

9.  Cause No. GN002513, Travis County – San Antonio v. PUC (intervention)

10. Cause No. 49,367-CCL2, Brazos County – Wilkerson v. College Station

11. Action No. 01-98-011056-CV, Court of Appeals Gold v. College Station

12. Docket Nos. TX96-2-000 and TX96-2-001, FERC – College Station, applicant

13. Cause No. 50,813-85, Brazos County – College Station v. Phillips Swager Associates, Inc. etal.

14. Cause No. 51,822-CC1, Brazos County  - Felder v. College Station

15. Cause No. 52,434-361, Brazos County – College Station v. Wolf Pen Creek, Ltd., etal

16. Cause No. 28,765, Grimes County, Harold & Rosealice Trant vs. Grimes County, City of College Station and City of Bryan

 

Real Estate {Gov’t Code Section 551.072}

1.  New BVSWMA Landfill site

2.  Community Park

 

Economic Incentive Negotiations {Gov't Code Section 551.086}

1.  Hotel Conference Center

 

Council recessed from executive session at 7:00 p.m. and reconvened the executive session following the regular meeting agenda

 

Regular Meeting

 

Mayor Pro Tem Mariott opened the meeting at 7:02 p.m. with all members present except Mayor McIlhaney.  He led the audience in the pledge of allegiance.  Pastor A.C. Clark from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church provided the invocation

 

Mayor McIlhaney returned to the meeting.

 

Councilman Maloney read the proclamation for Administrative Professional Week.  Darlene Teltow and Sharlene Ewald accepted the proclamation.

Maloney read the proclamation for National Infant Immunization Week.  Jennifer Schill and Stephanie Trevino accepted the proclamation.

Councilman Maloney read the proclamation for Public Employee Recognition Week.  Julie O’Connell and city employees from various departments accepted the proclamation.

 

Consent Agenda

 

11.1         Approved by common consent the minutes for City Council workshop and regular meeting April 12, 2001.

 

11.2         Bid No. 01-42 –Approved by common consent a resolution approving a construction contract for the Church Avenue Rehabilitation Project.  Awarded to Young Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $582,756.65.  Funds available and budgeted in Community Development Block Grant and CUP Street Rehabilitation Funds.

 

11.3         Approved by common consent a resolution determining a public necessity to acquire easement interest in certain property; giving notice of an official determination to acquire easement interest in property for the Parallel Water Transmission Pipeline Project, Phase 4 and for all other utilities to service the West Side of College Station; and establish procedures for the acquisition of easement interest in property.  The cost estimate for acquisition of easement in all four phase of the Parallel Water Transmission Pipeline Project is $1,323,400.  Funds available and budgeted in the Water Revenue Bond Fund.

 

11.4         Approved by common consent a renewal agreement for various Street Signs and Sign Blanks (Bid No. 99-59) with Vulcan Signs, Inc. for an annual estimated expenditure of $64,101.00.

 

11.5         Approved by common consent a renewal agreement for Pavement and Road Service painting (traffic striping) (Bid No. 99-57).   Renewed agreement with

N Line Traffic Maintenance for an annual estimated expenditure of $127,401.00.  Funds available and budgeted in General Fund, Public Works and Streets Maintenance. 

 

11.6         Approved by common consent an amendment to the contract for sale between the City of College Station and TAC Realty Inc. for acquisition of 10 acres located on Highway 60 for a conference center site.  Councilman Garner abstained.

 

11.7         Approved by common consent a resolution opposing passage of HB 2034 and its companion bill SB561, HB3105 and HB2836 and its companion bill SB1489, relating to indemnification in architectural, engineering and/or construction contracts.

 

Regular Agenda

 

12.1    Presentation, discussion and possible action on a resolution authorizing the Fire Chief to coordinate with the Federal emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration in a matching grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, for initiation of a first time “Residential Fire Detection and Suppression” program.

Fire Chief David Giordano discussed Agenda Items No. 12.1 and 12.2.  He explained this is the first year of funding for the assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Total grant funding for this current year is set at one hundred million dollars nation wide.  Communities with a population in excess of 50,000 are required to provide at least thirty-percent local matching funds.  If approved a 70/30 grant is fully funded for $37,000 by the US Fire administration, the local matching finds will be $15,857.00.  Also, $68, 950.00 by the US fire Administration; the local matching funds share is $29,550.00.  These funds are not available in the FY ’01 fire department budget and are requested from general contingency funds.  The funds requested will be used for replacement of the fire department current fire safety house and self contained breathing apparatus, the purchase of extended duration SCBA for use during hazardous materials emergencies and to purchase a portable breathing air system for refilling SCABA cylinders at emergency scenes. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Mariott made a motion to approve Resolution Numbers 04-26-01-12.01 and 04-26-01-12.02 as presented.  Councilman Massey seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 7-0. 

 

FOR: Mariott, Massey, McIlhaney, Maloney, Silvia, Hazen and Garner

AGAINST:  None

 

12.2 – Presentation, discussion and possible action on a resolution authorizing the fire Chief to coordinate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration in a matching grant through the Assistance to firefighters Grant Program, for enhancement to the fire department self-contained breathing apparatus program.

 

This item was presented with Agenda Item No. 12.1.

 

12 3 – Presentation, discussion and possible action on a Council resolution to adopt the 30/60 Study Area Plan Amendment.

 

Mayor McIlhaney opened the item for public comment. 

 

Mr. John Hamilton addressed the council regarding the use of “mixed use” in the area of the hotel/conference center. 

 

Mayor closed the floor for public comment.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Mariott made a motion to approve Resolution No. 04-26-01-12.03 adopting the 30/60 Study area Plan with the amendments requested at the first workshop and clarification of mixed use.  Also, noted in the 30/60 plan the road west of Linda Lane extension would not go through Veterans Park.  Motion seconded by Councilman Hazen, which carried by a vote of 7-0.

 

For:  Mariott, Hazen, McIlhaney, Maloney, Silvia, Massey and Silvia

Against: None

 

12.4 - Presentation, discussion and possible action on appointments to the Board of Directors of the College Station Business development corporation (4B Corporation).

 

Council delayed action and directed staff to place this item on the May 10, 2001 executive session agenda.

 

13 – Executive Session

 

At 7:30 p.m., Mayor McIlhaney announced that the Council would reconvene into executive session pursuant to Sections 551.071, 551.072 and 551.086 of the Open Meetings Act to seek the advise of the city attorney with respect to pending and contemplated litigation, to discuss the purchase of real property and economic development negotiations.

 

14 – Final Action on Executive Session, if necessary. 

 

Council returned to open session at 8:10 p.m.  Assistant City Attorney Roxanne Nemcik requested council accept the proposed settlement agreement in the amount of $527,500 regarding the College Station Fire Station litigation.  Councilman Maloney made a motion approving the settlement amount of $527,500.00 and authorizing the mayor to execute all settlement documents necessary to execute the agreement.  Motion seconded by Councilman Massey, which carried by a vote of 7-0. 

 

Councilman Maloney noted that staff negotiated 94% of the total funds requested.

 

FOR:  McIlhaney, Massey, Mariott, Silvia, Maloney, Garner, Hazen

AGAINST:  None

 

15 – Adjourn.

 

Hearing no objections, the workshop, regular and executive sessions were adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

 

PASSED and APPROVED on the 10th day of May 2001.

 

ATTEST:                                                                    APPROVED:

 

__________________________                                ____________________

City Secretary Connie Hooks                                      Mayor Lynn McIlhaney