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Podcast: Why does Mayor Mooney want to walk in your neighborhood?

Mayor Karl Mooney has a new way to connect with citizens: a monthly "Walk With the Mayor." In this episode of the city podcast, Mayor Mooney said he especially wants to connect with residents who may not feel comfortable coming to city hall but still have issues or concerns they want the mayor to see and understand. To listen to the podcast of Mayor Mooney talking with Public Communications Director Jay Socol about his thoughts on "Walk With the Mayor", click here

New "My Neighborhood Guide" now available

Neighborhood Services and the Public Communications Department revised the manual used by neighborhood associations and HOAs to organize and manage associations. The original manual was published in the early 2000's. The manual needed to be revised and updated to reflect the more current state and needs of associations. The manual is meant to be a resource for association leaders and representatives.  For a hard copy, contact Neighborhood Services to arrange to pick up a copy or have one mailed. For an electronic version, click here.

Video available of April Code Enforcement Seminar Supper

Last month's Seminar Supper was on the topic of Code Enforcement. Code Supervisor Julie Caler was the guest speaker discussing all things code enforcement. Since this always one of the most important topics, this video of the seminar supper is now available for viewing.  To view the video, click here

Parks Summer Guide is now available

The Parks and Recreation Summer Guide is now available for download. Hard copies available at City Hall, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, Southwood Community Center, Lincoln Recreation Center and Larry J. Ringer Library.  The electronic copy of the guide is available here for download.

Neighborhood Services Office is moving

The Neighborhood Services Office is to the old Human Resources Office in City Hall. The new office will be just a few steps down the hall from the old office near the elevator. The City's Human Resources Office moved next door to the old Fire Station at 1207 Texas Avenue and in doing so provided some much needed additional office space for various city employees. The move should take place the week of May 15.

Mosquito Dunk distribution to begin May 22

Mosquito dunk distribution will begin on May 22. Like last year, all HOAs will go through neighborhood services to receive dunks. Applications for dunks must be completed and turned in when picking up dunks. Please call before coming to pick up dunks from Neighborhood Services to be sure the Neighborhood Services Coordinator is in the office and available to distribute the dunks.  Residents not in HOAs can pick up dunks from the City Secretary's Office, also located in city hall. Mosquito dunks can be picked up in the City Secretary's Office beginning May 22, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  To get more information on the mosquito dunks, tips to keep safe during mosquito season and the application for HOAs to receive dunks, visit the Neighborhood Services webpage here and check out the Mosquito Abatement Program tab.

Seminar Supper - Tuesday May 16, 2017

Seminar Supper- TTI Community Meeting on Bush-Wellborn Intersection Project
Our next Seminar Supper is May 16 at 6:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers
at 1101 Texas Avenue. We are pleased to have Dr. Tim Lomax, Research Engineer, with TTI and other staff join us to talk about the major changes coming to the George Bush and Wellborn Intersection in the next few years.
 
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to identify improvements needed at the Bush-Wellborn intersection.
 
Specific goals for the BWX, or Bush-Wellborn Crossing, include enhancing overall safety for the thousands of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians passing through the area daily while minimizing congestion at this critical intersection.
 
Improvements proposed nearly a decade ago would require a minimum of two years of construction to complete, with the Bush-Wellborn intersection partially or fully closed for at least six months of that time.
TxDOT and TTI are partnering to explore ways to minimize this disruption, and community input will be a meaningful part of this effort.
 
Over the next few months, TTI will be seeking comments, concerns and suggestions from the community regarding the Bush-Wellborn improvements. This input will be considered as the intersection design, construction timeline and work zone mobility plans are reviewed.
 
Another round of community engagement will follow to share project design options; construction staging and closure options; the impact on businesses, adjacent neighborhoods the campus and the community; mobility strategies during construction; and other innovative opportunities.
 
 A brief online survey is now available for you to share your suggestions and preferences before plans are drafted.
 
 All citizens are invited and encouraged to complete the survey at http://bwx-bcs.org

This Seminar Supper will allow citizens a look at the proposed project, what to expect and the opportunity to ask questions and engage with TTI staff as they prepare to begin work on one of the most important intersections in our city. 
 
If you plan to attend, click here to RSVP or call or send an email to me by Monday May 15.

Royder Ridge Expansion Project Phase 1 - Public Meeting

The City of College Station is holding a public meeting to discuss the Royder Road Widening Project, aimed at improving Royder Road from approximately 700’ south of Greens Prairie Trail to Blackwater Lane.  You are invited to hear about the scope and timeline of this project.

The meeting will be held on May 18th @ 7:00 pm in the Greens Prairie Elementary Cafeteria. 4315 Greens Prairie Trail, College Station, TX 77845

Water Conservation Tips

Tips to Prevent Over-Watering Your Lawn:

https://bvwatersmart.tamu.edu/

Boys Soccer Tryouts

The Brazos Valley Calvary is having boys soccer tryouts starting May 15-16 & June 6-7 for ages 7-18 years old. If you know anyone who would be interested in ths opportunity have them sign up here: http://www.cavalrysoccer.com./

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Brazos County, Texas
Household Hazardous Waste & Computer Collection Day

WHEN:
Saturday, 29-April-2017, from 7am to 2pm

WHERE:
TAMU University Services Building (USB) #3400, (the old Texas Instruments Building)

Enter from the Harvey Road Gate — (There is no entry from University Drive)
• Take Harvey Rd East towards Huntsville, to entry gate on left past Veterans Park
or
• Take Harvey Rd. west from Hwy 30, to entry gate on right just before Vetrans Park

WHO:
For the entire Brazos Valley to dispose of their household hazardous waste
free of charge (there is a fee for small businesses and an account must be
set up prior to the event).

WHAT:
Items that will be accepted include:
• medications & pharmaceuticals, computers, paint, oil and oil filters, antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides,
chemicals, pharmaceutical & medical waste, and much more.

Items that WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED include:
• explosives, ammunition, tires, televisions, compressed gas cylinders, radioactive waste,
household garbage, 55-gallon drums, etc.
• Much more detail on what is acceptable and what is NOT acceptable can be found online,
at http://twinoakslandfill.com/events/ and/or http://twinoakslandfill.com/hhw-accepted...

FURTHER INFORMATION:
For more information call the BVSWMA - HHW Hotline at (979) 764-3809 or log on the website at
http://twinoakslandfill.com/events/.

Seminar Supper - Tuesday April 25, 2017

Our next Seminar Supper is April 25 at 6:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers. Our speaker is Code Enforcement Supervisor Julie Caler. She will speak on how code enforcement operates in College Station, what they do and don’t handle, frequent code violations and more.

Code Enforcement is always a popular topic as it is a very important department to our citizens. We hope you will join us and come out learn more about Code Enforcement. It is always a very educational seminar and helps citizens better understand the operations and processes of code enforcement. 

Please pass this along to neighbors and friends that maybe interested in attending and finding out more about code enforcement. 

To attend, click here to RSVP: http://bit.ly/1oYTynb

Victoria Traffic Concerns

Traffic concerns on Victoria road through Castlegate and Castlegate II

 

Citizens can contact James Robertson via email or phone.

Phone Number: (979) 764-3862

Email Address: jrobertson@cstx.gov

 

In general, here are some responses Traffic Engineering has provided concerning Victoria Avenue:

  • Victoria Avenue @ Etonbury Avenue

o   This intersection could become an all-way stop in the future if an engineering study were to find that an all-way stop is warranted based upon crash history and traffic volume.  It would be a violation of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for us to post an all-way stop for the purpose of controlling speed along Victoria Avenue.  The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is adopted within the Texas Transportation Code. We should have funds for this evaluation in next year’s budget. 

  • Victoria Avenue @ Norwich Drive

o   Traffic Engineering will evaluate this intersection in the future to determine if an all-way stop is warranted.  Given that Norwich Drive is a residential street, it is unlikely that the evaluation will find this to be the case.  We are looking into installing pedestrian crossing signs. This would be evaluated at the same time Victoria Avenue @ Etonbury Avenue is evaluated. 

  • Victoria Avenue Speed Limit

o   Traffic Engineering and CSPD will work on collecting speed data along the roadway to determine if the speed limit should be changed and to determine what level of enforcement could be needed.  CSPD is stretched thin, therefore, it will take time before this evaluation can be completed.

  • Victoria Avenue Speed Humps

o   Because Victoria Avenue is a primary response route for the College Station Fire Department, we will not be able to consider speed bumps along this roadway.  Speed humps have a negative effect on emergency response times and pose a risk to patients in ambulances.  As an example, imagine you’re the person that fell off a ladder and hurt your back.  As the ambulance takes you to the hospital, it now has to go over the speed humps as it exits the neighborhood. 

  • Children at Play signs

o   These signs cannot be installed because it would be a violation of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Additionally, these signs have been found to increase risk to children in the communities where they are posted.  Driver’s tend to ignore the signs because they often see them without also seeing children.  At the same time, some parents assume the signs are affecting driver behavior and use less caution in the observation of their children.  This decreased observation with no change in driver behavior increases risk.

Semper Fi Honor Run

Semper Fi Society 5K Run

April 8th, 2017

10am-12pm

Register Online here:

https://www.raceentry.com/races/semper-fidelis-society-honor-run/2017/register

Seminar Supper - Tues. March 21, 2017

The next Seminar Supper will be on March 21 at 6:00 pm here in City Hall. Our speaker is Community Development Analyst David Brower. David will talk about the Community Development Department’s Minor Home Repair/Rehabilitation Program.

The City of College Station administers federal grant funds for the purpose of making minor home repairs or providing rehabilitation assistance to complete major repairs to owner-occupied properties. David will discuss each of the programs, how they work and the qualifications for each. These programs have been helpful to many in our community to make much needed home repairs and rehabilitations. If you would like to know more about these programs, plan on joining us on 3/21/17 to get more information.  As always, please pass this along to friends and neighbors.

To RSVP, please email or call by noon on 3/21.

Thanks!

Barbara Moore, MPA
City of College Station
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
764-6262

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