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, October 25, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers

COUNCILMEMBERS PRESENT: Mayor McIlhaney, Mayor Pro Tem Mariott, Councilmembers Maloney, Silvia, Garner and Hazen

COUNCILMEMBER ABSENT: Councilmember Massey

STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Brymer, Assistant City Manager Brown, City Attorney Cargill Jr., Budget and Strategic Planning Director Kersten, Office of Technology & Information Services Director Piwonka, Director of Fiscal Services Cryan, Director of Public Works Smith, Director of Public Utilities Woody, Electric Division Manager Massey and Assistant City Secretary Casares

Mayor McIlhaney called the workshop meeting to order at 3:04 p.m.

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

Director of Public Works Mark Smith provided a brief explanation of the Longmire Drive Extension Project.

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 2 -- Presentation, discussion and possible action on the final draft of the Strategic Plan for Electric Deregulation for the City of College Station. John Moore and Nelson Hyde of Navigant Consulting, Inc. will be making the presentation to Council.

Electric Division Manager David Massey stated that the City in preparation for electric utility deregulation determined the need to develop a Strategic Plan. Navigant Consulting, Inc. was retained to guide and assist the City with the evaluation of changes to the electric utility industry and the identification of successful strategies to effectively serve its customers and citizens in the future.

 

Mr. John Moore and Mr. Nelson Hyde of Navigant Consulting, Inc. presented an overview of the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan included a Mission Statement, Goals, associated Action Plans, and an Implementation Plan. The Strategic Plan was developed to respond to long-term opportunities and challenges facing the Utility. The accomplishment of the Goals will involve a combination of both near-term tasks and long-term ongoing activity. The Goals and Action Plans contained in this Strategic Plan resulted from a comprehensive assessment of contemporary knowledge and considerations of available projections of the changing electric utility marker. These goals were identified to implement the commitment made in the Mission Statement. The accomplishment of the Goals and Action Plans will require teamwork and the full support from the Utility and City Staff. Work to complete all Goals must be accomplished to assure the continued growth and development of the Utility to respond to its many opportunities to effectively serve its customers and the community.

No final action was taken.

Workshop Item No. 3 -- Council Calendars

Brunch with the Mayor, 10/19, Council Chambers, 11:30 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, 10/23, Hilton, 7:00 p.m.

Employee Banquet, 10/26, Brazos Center, 6:00 p.m.

Ground Breaking Ceremony-Veterans Park, 11/12, 11:00 a.m.

TML Annual Conference, 11/28 – 12/1, Houston

Workshop Item No. 5 -- Executive Session

At 4:08 p.m. Mayor McIlhaney announced that the City Council would convene into executive session pursuant to Sections 551.071, 551.072, 551.074 and 551.087 to the open meetings act, to seek the advice of our City Attorney and to consider the purchase of real property, the evaluation of a public officer, and economic development negotiations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lone Star Gas rate increase filed May 31, 2001.

Economic Incentive Negotiations {Gov't Code Section 551.087}; possible action

The City Council may deliberate on commercial or financial information that the City Council has received from a business prospect that the City Council seeks to have locate, stay or expand in or near the city with which the City Council in conducting economic development negotiations may deliberate on an offer of financial or other incentives for a business prospect. After executive session discussion, any final action or vote taken will be in public. The following subject(s) may be discussed:

1. Hotel/Conference Center

Real Estate {Gov’t Code Section 551.072}; possible action

The City Council may deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City in negotiations with a third person. After executive session discussion, any final action or vote taken will be in public. The following subject(s) may be discussed:

1. BVSWMA Landfill Negotiations

2. Cemetery Site Location

Personnel {Gov’t Code section 551.074}; possible action

The City Council may deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of public officer. After executive session discussion, any final action or vote taken will be in public. The following public officers may be discussed:

1. City Attorney’s Evaluation

2. City Manager’s Evaluation

The council members returned to the workshop meeting at 5:37 p.m.

Workshop Agenda Item No. 4 -- Hear Visitors

Marianne Oprisko, 14125 Renee Lane, addressed the Council regarding the length of time it takes Young Contractors to complete a project. She urged the Council to implement penalties when projects are not completed in a timely manner.

Workshop Item No. 5 --Executive Session

At 5:43 p.m. Mayor McIlhaney announced that the City Council would reconvene into executive session pursuant to Sections 551.071, 551.072, 551.074 and 551.087 to the Open Meetings Act, to seek the advice of the City Attorney, to consider the purchase of real property, the evaluation of public officers, and economic development negotiations.

 

 

Workshop Agenda Item No. 6 -- Final action on Executive Session, if necessary.

Council returned to the regular meeting at 7:03 p.m. Action was taken at the conclusion of the regular meeting.

Regular Meeting

Item No. 7:

Mayor McIlhaney opened the regular meeting at 7:05 p.m. She led the audience in the pledge of allegiance. Dr. Bruce Wood from Aldersgate Methodist Church provided the invocation.

Councilman Silvia made a motion to approve the absence request from Councilman Massey. Motion seconded by Councilman Garner, which carried unanimously, 6-0.

Mayor McIlhaney and Athletic Events Supervisor Geri Marsh presented the following awards:

TAAF Male Athletic of the Year to Michael Todaro

TAAF Female Athletic of the Year to Stacie O’Shae

Consent Agenda

8.1 Approved by common consent the minutes for City Council workshop and regular meeting, October 11, 2001.

8.2 Approved by common consent an Interlocal Agreement between the City of College Station and Burleson County for the sale of two police car prison partition (Progard 3B3104) in the amount of $100.00.

8.3 Approved by common consent payment to the Bryan-College Station Economic Development Corporation in the amount of $50,000.00 for the City's annual contribution of matching funds to the Development Fund for economic incentives. Funds available and budgeted in the Economic Development Fund.

8.4 Approved by common consent a change order to the contract with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley in the amount of $150,000. $100,000 for the representational art proposed at Wolf Pen Creek, and $50,000 for the representational art proposed at the Police Station. Funds available and budgeted in the General Fund.

8.5 Approved by common consent Change Order #10 for the College Main Parking Garage in the amount of $56,813 making the revised construction contract $5,176,749.

8.6 Approved by common consent Resolution No. 10-25-2001-8.6 approving an amendment extending the completion date of Interlocal Agreement No. 01-044 between the City of College Station and the College Station Independent School District for the installation of light fixtures on tennis courts at the A&M Consolidated High School campus. The amendment will extend the completion date from December 1, 2001, to April 1, 2002.

 

8.7 Approved by common consent Resolution Number 10-25-2001-8.7-a authorizing the plans and specifications for the improvement of Longmire Drive, from its current termination at Birmingham Road to Graham Road. Also, approved by common consent Resolution No. 10-25-2001-8.7-b providing for assessment of a portion of the cost of improvements thereof against abutting property owners and approving the plans and specifications for said improvements. Councilman Garner abstained from this item.

    1. Discussion and possible action on a resolution supporting the passage of Texas State Constitutional Amendment Proposition 2 and Texas State Constitutional Amendment Proposition 15. Councilman Maloney explained the two proposed propositions. Councilman Silvia moved to approve Resolution No. 10-25-2001-8.8-a and Resolution No. 10-25-2001-8.8-b. Motion seconded by Councilman Maloney, which carried unanimously, 6-0.

Regular Meeting

Regular Agenda Item No. 9.1 -- Public hearing, discussion and possible action on a proposed ordinance that would grant TXU Gas Distribution a rate increase, which includes an 18.95% increase to residential and commercial College Station customers to be phased over the next two years.

City Attorney Harvey Cargill introduced Geoffrey Gay of Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle, Baldwin & Townsend in Austin. He stated that TXU is in the process of consolidating more than 200 Lone Star distribution systems into six or seven regional distribution systems. The South Region is a consolidation of 81 cities. TXU proposed a monthly customer charge of $8.00 for residential and $14.00 for commercial customers. The settlement designated the following rates:

Customer charge $7.00

All Consumption $1.78 per Mcf

Customer Charge $12.00

First 20 Mcf @ $1.7913 per Mcf

Next 30 Mcf @ $1.4913 per Mcf

Over 50 Mcf @ $1.3413 per Mcf

TXU Gas Distribution agreed to phase in the residential revenue increase with a 10% increase the first year and a 4.55% increase effective October 1, 2002. TXU agreed to phase in the commercial revenue increase with 12.18% the first year and 12.17% effective October 1, 2002. This rate settlement for the South Region represented 68% of the original rate request from TXU Gas.

Mayor McIlhaney opened the public hearing. No one spoke. Mayor McIlhaney closed the public hearing.

 

Councilman Maloney moved to approve Ordinance No. 2528 granting TXU Gas Distribution an increase in natural gas rates. Motion seconded by Councilman Garner, which carried unanimously, 6-0.

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

AGAINST: None

ABSENT: Massey

Regular Agenda Item No. 9.2 -- Presentation, discussion and possible action on a resolution approving a construction contract for Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, Phase I construction. Recommend award to the lowest, responsible bidder meeting City of College Station bid documents and contract requirements, Acklam Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $2,643,500. Funds available and budgeted for in the Parks Capital Improvements Fund.

This item was removed by staff and will be presented at the November 1, 2001 Council Meeting.

 

Regular Agenda Item No. 9.3 -- Presentation, discussion and possible action on a resolution awarding the construction contract for the extension of Dartmouth Street to Young Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $292,263.90 and calling for a public hearing to consider an ordinance providing for the assessment against the abutting property owners, approving an Engineer’s Roll with the estimated amounts per front foot proposed to be assessed against the abutting property owners, and approving an Engineer’s Estimate of the total cost of the improvements for Dartmouth Drive, from its current termination south of Southwest Parkway to Krenek Tap Road.

Director of Public Works Mark Smith stated that the Dartmouth Drive Extension project extended Dartmouth Drive from its current termination south of Southwest Parkway to Krenek Tap Road. On October 4, 2001, two bid proposals were received:

Young Contractors, Inc. $292,263.90

TexCon, Inc. $329,252.90

In addition to awarding the contract for construction, the resolution called for a public hearing to be held on December 6, 2001 after which an ordinance will be considered levying assessments for this project.

Construction for this project will begin after January 1, 2002.

Staff recommended adoption of the resolution awarding the contract and calling for a public hearing.

Mayor Pro Tem Mariott moved to approve Resolution No. 10-25-2001-9.3 awarding the construction contract for the extension of Dartmouth Street to Young Contractors, Inc. and calling a public hearing for December 6, 2001. Motion seconded by Councilman Garner, which carried unanimously, 6-0.

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

AGAINST: None

ABSENT: Massey

Regular Agenda Item No. 10 -- The City Council may convene the executive session following the regular meeting to discuss matters posted on the executive session agenda for 10/25/01.

The City Council completed Executive Session prior to the Regular Meeting.

Regular Agenda Item No. 11 -- Final action on executive session, if necessary.

Councilman Silvia made a motion directing staff to accept the mediation settlement agreement in the amount of $87,500 regarding the Franklin Gold suit. Mayor Pro Tem Mariott seconded the motion, which carried unanimously, 6-0.

Councilman Maloney moved to increase the City Attorney salary by 5%. Motion seconded by Councilman Garner, which carried unanimously, 6-0.

Regular Agenda Item No. 12 -- Adjourn

Hearing no objection, the workshop, executive, and regular meetings were adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 15th day of November, 2001.

APPROVED:

 

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Mayor, Lynn McIlhaney

ATTEST:

 

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City Secretary Connie Hooks