Community News

Christmas Decoration Theft Prevention Tips

Holiday yard decorations which include plywood cut-outs, inflatables, and lighted figures such as reindeer are a favorite target of thieves this year. The College Station Police Department offers the following suggestions for citizens who place decorations outside:

For plywood cut-outs - Drive a 1/4" - 1/2" conduit pipe approximately one foot into the ground and then use conduit strap to fasten the conduit to the plywood. Use a permanent marker or engraving tool to write your 8 digit Texas Drivers License number or place some other unique identifying mark on the back of the cut-out.

For Inflatables - If a loop or strap is provided, use a long tent stake (approximately one foot) to secure it. Write your 8 digit Texas Drivers License number (or some other unique identifying mark) somewhere on the decoration.

For lighted figures - (lighted reindeer) - Use a long tent stake (approximately one foot) to secure it. Again, for metal figures use an engraver to mark your property and for plastic figures use a permanent marker.

When securing your decorations please be careful of underground objects such as sprinkler systems, cable, and other hazards before driving conduit or stakes into the ground. In spite of these precautions you may still become a victim of theft; therefore, it is also a good idea to take a few pictures of your work. The pictures will help police prepare a better report as well as aiding in identifying your items should they be recovered later.

The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff's Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.

Castlegate Pool?

POLL RESULTS

Out of 832 Lots

            41% cast their opinion     

            59% did not reply

Yes                 211    or   25%

No                  131    or   16%

 

The Board of Directors would like the community’s feedback on the possibility of investing in a community swimming pool annex. Because this project would result in an increase in your homeowner’s dues, The Directors would like your opinion.

The original Castlegate developer has purchased the adjacent property at the end of Victoria, which backs up to Stone Castle Circle and Amberley Place. This new development has plans to include a state of the art, resort style swimming pool unlike any in the area and an extensive amenity center. The addition also has plans to include a pavilion area with outdoor kitchens, multiple cabanas, and other recreational areas for washers and social activities.With this project, as with any of this size, comes additional expenses that will need to be addressed. It is estimated that this project could increase your HOA dues as much as $200.00 per year. This would be in addition to the current annual dues of $300.00.

If the overall community input is against the pool annex, we will not move forward with the expansion as an addition to the current Castlegate. The developer will continue the expansion as a completely separate community. This will mean that current Castlegate residents will NOT have access to any of the pool annex or its amenities. The separate community will be an entity of its own and “pool memberships” will NOT be available to purchase.
 

You must login using your username and password (see bottom left corner of this page to login).  If you have not already done so, you will have to set up a new account to create a username and password.  When voicing your opinion, please consider the impact that the pool annex will have on the market value of the community as well as the financial responsibilities that come with a pool of this nature. Please direct ALL questions and input to hoa@castlegatehoa.com. We would like to have your reply no later than October 17, 2011.

The Directors of Castlegate Owners Association Inc.

Safeguarding Your Homes & Vehicles

At the 2011 Annual Meeting, officers from the City of College Station Police Department reminded residents of ways to protect their homes and prevent bulglars from targeting their belongings.

Attached are three flyers which give tips on protecting your investments.

Accident Reports Now Available Online

In an effort to improve customer service to our citizens, the College Station Police Department is pleased to announce that accident reports will now be available online. The department is working with PoliceReports.US to provide this online service. PoliceReports.US services 101 Texas agencies to provide this service and allows the public, and their insurance companies, the flexibility of receiving reports online and will eliminate the need for individuals to travel to the Police Department to obtain an accident report.

Any non-fatal accident that occurred after May 1, 2011 can be accessed by going to http://collegestationtx.policereports.us/. A link to this site is also available on the College Station Police Department website http://www.cstx.gov/police. The fee for this service is $6, which is the same amount that an individual would pay to obtain the report in person at the police department. Most reports will be available within 1-2 business days however; some accident reports may require additional time to process. Reports are kept in the system for over three years from the date of the incident. For accidents that occurred prior to May 1st, persons wishing to obtain copies of the reports must still visit the CSPD Records Division between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday.

The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff's Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.

Neighborhood Watch Tips

Helpful Hints from the College Station Police

Attached are helpful hints to keep you and your home safe.

False Alarm Ordinance

On January 13, 2011, the College Station City Council approved an amendment to the current alarm ordinance which becomes effective on January 24, 2011. This amendment created a new fine schedule for continued responses by the police department to false alarms. The goal of this amendment is to increase the awareness of problems that false alarms create and to reduce the number of false alarms in the city. This in turn will enhance our ability to increase the availability of officers responding to other citizens in need and allow for more pro-active efforts to reduce crime.

A graduated fine schedule for continued false alarm responses was set as follows:

             Number of False Alarms
            (In the preceding 12 months)        Fine

            1 - 3 false alarms                           $0
            4 - 5 false alarms                          $50.00 each
            6 - 7 false alarms                          $75.00 each
            8 and above false alarms              $100.00 each

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind our citizens that if you have an alarm system within the City of College Station you must have an emergency response card on file at the police department. This card must contain the names and current telephone numbers of at least three individuals authorized to enter the premises and turn off an alarm. There is no charge to "register" your alarm with the College Station Police Department however failure to do so could result in a fine of not less than $25 or more than $500. To register your alarm, please call 979-764-6277.

The College Station Police Department responds to thousands of burglary alarms every year at residences and commercial properties within the city. This past year, 99% of the alarms that officers responded to were false. Investigating these false alarms takes time and ties up officers, preventing them from helping other citizens in need. With an increased awareness as it relates to the magnitude of the problem, we feel that we can be successful in reducing the number of false alarms in the upcoming year.

The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff's Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.

Questions regarding this news release may be directed to:
Officer Rhonda Seaton, Public Information Officer
College Station Police Department
2611 Texas Avenue
College Station, Texas 77840
Office Phone: (979) 764-3591
Cell Phone (979) 204-5200
Department Phone: (979) 764-3600
Email: rseaton@cstx.gov

Freezing Weather Tips for Pipes and Irrigation Systems

With freezing temperatures expected in the next few days, College Station Water Services offers the following precautions to help customers protect their water pipes.

General Precautions:

 

*Disconnect and drain garden hoses from outside faucets. This allows water to drain from the pipe so an overnight freeze doesn't burst the faucet or the pipe.
*Insulate exposed outside pipes or faucets in unheated areas with a Styrofoam cover, rags or paper.
*Find your home's master water shutoff valve and make sure everyone in your house knows where the main water shut-off valve is located. This is usually located just past the water meter, where the water line enters your house. 
 

Special Instructions for In-Ground Irrigation Systems:
 

Before the freeze hits:
*If you are concerned about plants, run your irrigation system manually, using just enough to water the roots of plants and protect them from freezing without causing runoff.
*Shut-off and drain in-ground sprinkler systems, including the backflow prevention device on the irrigation system, then turn off the water to your sprinkler system.
*Wrap or tape exposed PVC pipes and above-ground backflow preventers. Simply turning off the controller will not help with freezing pipes outside.
*If you don't feel comfortable performing these steps yourself, consult a licensed irrigator.

 

During freezing weather:
*Be sure your irrigation controller is set to "off" and leave it in that position.
*Do not run your irrigation system during freezing weather. Any irrigation runoff onto streets and sidewalks can freeze and pose a hazard to drivers and pedestrians.

Report suspected water leaks to College Station Utilities' 24-Hour Dispatch at 979.764.3638.
For more information, please contact Water Resource Coordinator Jennifer Douglass-Nations at 979.764.6223 or jnations@cstx.gov.

Door to Door solicitation

There is an issue going on in the city with Door to Door solicitation. There is a group of solicitors from a company called Urban Development Solutions and they sell magazine subscriptions door to door. The past few weeks they have been hitting College Station neighborhoods really hard and with some odd behaviors in a few neighborhoods. And by the way, they even showed up at my door in Castlegate last Saturday (1/9/10) trying to sell magazines and as soon as I said I worked for the city, they were ready to go. They were in Emerald Forest this past weekend and the police had to be called because they got pushy and too aggressive with a homeowner when they did not want to buy the magazines. They were arrested and told by the police not to come back to that neighborhood. Some residents in EF said they had even seen some of doing what they thought was "casing" homes and looking in windows. The week before they were in Castlegate, they were in Sandstone, near Foxfire. The company appears to very, very questionable, as one resident in Sandstone sent me a link to information on the company. (www.urbands.com)

 

Also, they were not given a permit by the city to solicit door to door, so they can be arrested by the police. If they happen to show up at people's to, they should ask them to see a city permit to solicit, and they will likely leave. Please feel free to call the police as well if you see them as they have no permit to solicit and for neighborhoods where there is no solicitation, it can be considered trespassing. If you want to alert the neighborhoods you manage, let me know and I will type up a quick blurb suitable for you to send out them. Call me if you have questions.

 

Thanks

 

Barbara Moore, MPA

City of College Station

Neighborhood Services Office

Castlegate Board Meeting

Board Meeting October 29, 2009 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Neighborhood Partners Office

Tree Preservation Ordinance

Meeting regarding Tree Preservation Ordinance

This message is to inform you that the City of College Station is currently in the process of developing a tree preservation ordinance and would like to receive input with regards to specific items included in the draft ordinance. The proposed ordinance is based upon the direction given to staff at the May 19th City Council Workshop Meeting. It is intended to provide additional landscaping points for preserved trees and landscape plans prepared by professionals, and to require tree planting for each new platted residential lot. There are no other provisions regarding specimen trees, mitigation etc., as discussed at previous workshops.
In addition, a discussion will be held regarding a potential riparian protection program. At this time this is for discussion only. A draft ordinance has not yet been prepared, though some concepts have been developed and will be discussed at this workshop as well as at subsequent Planning & Zoning and City Council meetings. This item will be presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council for discussion only and not for final action.
A copy of the draft tree preservation ordinance will be sent out on October 26th  and will also be made available on the City's website. A stakeholder meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, November 2nd 6:00 p.m. at the College Station Conference Center, Room 101. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the proposed draft ordinance and riparian protection program and provide additional input prior to the ordinance and discussion proceeding to the Planning & Zoning Commission on November 19th and City Council on December 10th.
For additional information please contact Matt Robinson in the Planning & Development Services Department by telephone at 979.764.3570 or e-mail mrobinson@cstx.gov. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your feedback and seeing you on November 2nd.
 
Matt Robinson
Planner
City of College Station
1101 Texas Avenue
College Station, TX 77842
 
Office: (979) 764-3570
Fax: (979) 764-3496
Email: mrobinson@cstx.gov
 
 
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