Community News

Bobcat Spotted in Castlegate

A couple of residents spotted a gray & black bobcat on Tuesday, March 7th in the afternoon around 3:25 behind the iron fence in the Gardens of Castlegate! Exact location is between the Gardens & Carisbrooke in the common area. Please keep pets secured and do not leave any water dishes outside. For any questions or concerns, please email office@hoapartners.net or contact the college station police non emergency line.

Neighborhood News - 2/10/2017

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.

Bicycle Pedestrian & Greenways Master Plan Update Survey

The City of College Station held a public meeting on Feb. 7 to get input on the update the Bicycle Pedestrian and Greenways Master Plan Update. If you were unable to attend, please consider completing this survey to give input on the master plan.

To complete the survey, visit: http://bit.ly/BPGsurvey

Seminar Supper Schedule for Spring 2017

The Seminar Supper schedule for Spring 2017 is listed below. As always, please pass along Seminar Supper information to friends and neighbors who may be interested in attending. Prior to each supper, information will be sent out electronically that will allow those attending to RSVP online. Also, those interested in attending can call or email Neighborhood Services to RSVP as well.

The next Seminar Supper is Feb. 21. Please RSVP by noon on 2/21.

Feb. 21
Speaker: Sherry Mashburn, City of College Station City Secretary
Topic: City Secretary responsibilities, open meetings and records information, public information and elections

To RSVP for the 2/21 Seminar Supper, click here


March 20
Speaker: David Brower, Community Development Analyst
Topic: Community Development Minor Repair and Rehabilitation Programs for Seniors

April 25
Speaker: Julie Caler, Code Enforcement Supervisor
Topic: Code Enforcement in College Station

May 22
Speaker: Representatives from the Community Association Of Greater Houston
Topic: Discussion on HOA related bills in the 2017 legislature, association operations and management

All Seminar Suppers will be held in the Council Chamber at City Hall (1101 Texas Avenue) and begin at 6:00 pm with a light meal before the seminar begins. Please remember to RSVP so that we have enough food for all who attend so that the speakers can have materials prepared for the appropriate number of guests.

Brazos Valley Master Gardeners Upcoming Events

 
Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners
 
What: Gardening with the Masters - Potatoes
 
When: February 8, 2017   noon
 
Where: Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan, TX  77803
 
Details of Program:  Join the Brazos County Master Gardeners in the Demonstration Idea Garden for a lunch and learn about growing your own potatoes. Presented by Master Gardener Carol Drees. The public is invited at no charge.
 

 
Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners
 
What: Program - Brazos Valley Groundwater Issues: Facts and Challenges
 
When: February 28, 2017   7:00pm
 
Where: Brazos Center - 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan, TX  77803
 
Details of Program: Learn about the issues and challenges related to groundwater in Brazos and Robertson counties-joined in the Groundwater Conservation District because of their geographical, economic and hydrological connections.  Get the facts about the BV Groundwater Conservation District's role in water conservation. The public is invited at no charge.
Presented by: Alan M. Day is the General Manager of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District. He holds a BS & MS in Animal Science from TAMU and was an Extension Agent in Agriculture for 7 1/2 years.  The BVGCD is a not-for-profit agency that protects and conserves the groundwater resources of Robertson and Brazos counties through local authority and management, balancing the rights of private landowners and the need to protect the area's groundwater resources.
 
See brazosmg.com for more details
 

 
Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners
 
What: Gardening Talks at B-CS Home and Garden Expo
 
When: February 11 & 12, 2017
 
Where: Brazos County Expo - 5827 Leonard Rd, Bryan, TX 77803
 
Details of Program:  The Brazos County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. We will also have a full day of speakers on various gardening topics.
 
See brazosmg.com for a list of speakers and topics
 
Sat. - Feb.11                      
Topic
Time
Charla Anthony
Flights of Fancy - Butterfly Gardens
10am
Master Gardener Mike Vidrine
Veggies - Let's Grow for Beginners
11am
Master Gardener Sally Ann Hnatiuk
It's About Thyme - Growing Herbs
noon
1pm
Gretchen Riley- TAMU Forest Service
The Art of Pruning Trees
2pm
Jr. Master Gardener activities
9am-5pm
Sun. Feb.12                                    
Topic
Time
Master Gardener Nilah Wright
Superpower Plants that Survive & Thrive in BCS
noon
Jennifer Nations, City of CS
Cut Your Water Bill & Grow Your Landscape
1pm
Master Gardener Janet Madsen
Shady Characters -Low Light Plants
2pm
Zaina Gates - Texas A&M Forest Service
Exhibit Guest Tree Expert
1-3pm
Jr. Master Gardener activities
11am-4pm

Flights of Fancy-Butterfly Gardens. Take flight and explore the world of gardening for butterflies. Learn about habitats, design features and plants that attract these beautiful pollinators to Brazos Valley landscapes with Charla Anthony, Brazos County's horticulturist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
 
Veggies-Let's Grow for Beginners. Are you new to vegetable gardening and unsure where to begin? Starting a vegetable garden is not as difficult as it may seem. Learn how to plant and maintain a garden and enjoy the pleasures of fresh homegrown vegetables with Master Gardener Mike Vidrine.
 
It's About Thyme-Growing Herbs. A variety of herbs can be grown throughout the year in Central Texas. Find out what and when to plant, then how to grow, harvest and use them in your home and kitchen. Master Gardener Sally Ann Hnatiuk has been growing herbs for many years and will share her favorites for gardening in Brazos County.
 
The Art of Pruning Trees. Train up a tree in the way it should go and when it is old it will not depart from it. Come learn the principles and practices of 'sculpting' young trees into the healthy, beautiful form they show in the natural landscape.Presented by Gretchen Riley, Staff Forester for Texas A&M Forest Service, who provides coordination and assistance for various statewide urban forestry programs.  
 
Superpower Plants That Survive and Thrive in BCS. Can it stand the cold, the heat, the drought, the water, the soil and a brown thumb? Get to know these superpower landscape plants you can count on - some old, some new, some you may have never considered. During the last 20 years,  Master Gardener Nilah Wright has worked fervently to garden effectively in the Brazos Valley and will share her successes.
 
Cut Your Water Bill and Grow Your Landscape. Learn how to conserve water in the landscape while saving money with Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator, City of College Station. Get efficient watering tips for your garden and lawn. Learn about rebates, calculating water use and free weekly lawn watering information from the Brazos Valley WaterSmart Network.
 
Shady Characters-Low Light Plants. Do you have shady spots in your yard and struggle to find plants that will thrive? Discover which varieties of flowers, shrubs and other plants grow well in Brazos Valley shade. Learn also about container gardens that can perk up a shady corner from Master Gardener Janet Madsen.
 
Sunday, Feb. 12, 1:00-3:00 pm - Tree Questions Visit with Staff Forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service, Zaina Gates, at the Brazos County Master Gardener exhibit.    
 

Spring Parks Guide available on line
Our Parks and Recreation Spring Guide is available for download (PDF).
 Hard copies will be available soon at various city facilities.  The guide is packed with programs, classes, events and athletic leagues for all ages! 

 

Click here to see the Spring Parks Guide on line.

Today is the last day to submit job requests to the Big Event
Today, Feb. 10, is the last day to submit a job request to the The Big Event 2017. For more information and to submit your job request form, visit, bigevent.tamu.edu

Neighborhood News - 2/1/2017

 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.

Bicycle Pedestrian & Greenways Master Plan Update Meeting

The City of College Station is asking for public input as it updates its Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan. A community meeting about the update is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the College Station Utilities Meeting & Training Facility located at 1603 Graham Rd. The meeting will also provide an overview of what has happened since the plan's adoption in 2010.

For more information, visit: cstx.gov/bikepedgreenways

Seminar Supper Schedule for Spring 2017

The Seminar Supper schedule for Spring 2017 is listed below. As always, please pass along Seminar Supper information to friends and neighbors who may be interested in attending. Prior to each supper, information will be sent out electronically that will allow those attending to RSVP online. Also, those interested in attending can call or email Neighborhood Services to RSVP as well.

Feb. 21
Speaker: Sherry Mashburn, City of College Station City Secretary
Topic: City Secretary responsibilities, open meetings and records information, public information and elections

March 20
Speaker: David Brower, Community Development Analyst
Topic: Community Development Minor Repair and Rehabilitation Programs for Seniors

April 25
Speaker: Julie Caler, Code Enforcement Supervisor
Topic: Code Enforcement in College Station

May 25
Speaker: Representatives from the Community Association Of Greater Houston
Topic: Discussion on HOA related bills in the 2017 legislature, association operations and management

All Seminar Suppers will be held in the Council Chamber at City Hall (1101 Texas Avenue) and begin at 6:00 pm with a light meal before the seminar begins. Please remember to RSVP so that we have enough food for all who attend so that the speakers can have materials prepared for the appropriate number of guests.

Reminder: Handheld device ban while driving in full effect

The College Station City Council adopted an ordinance in August 2016 banning the use of hand-held communication devices while driving a motor vehicle or bicycle in the city limits. The ban on handheld devices while driving began on Nov. 9. 2016.
 
For more information on the ban and how it works, click here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Spring Parks Guide available on line
Our Parks and Recreation Spring Guide is available for download (PDF).
 Hard copies will be available soon at various city facilities.  The guide is packed with programs, classes, events and athletic leagues for all ages! 

 

Click here to see the Spring Parks Guide on line.

Big Event - March 25, 2017
The Big Event 2017 is still taking job request forms for projects. The last day to submit a job request form is February 10. For more information, visit, bigevent.tamu.edu


 

Cub Scouts - Food Bank Donations

The Cub Scouts of Pack 60 are planning their annual "Scouting for food"  to collect donations for the Brazos Valley Food Bank.   Saturday January 28th  @ approx 9am to 11am scouts will be out placing door hangers with details of the collection that will occur the following Saturday  Feb 4th also from 9 to 11. Donations will be placed in a bag on front porches and picked up. No doors will be knocked on. This has been done the last several years and it has been very successful.

Survey - Bike Ped Greenway Master Plan

"Please help us update our Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plans by providing your feedback through a survey AND a map before March 7.

1) SURVEY - http://bit.ly/BPGsurvey

2) MAP - Share routes, destinations, and barriers on this map (needs to be completed on a computer) - http://bit.ly/2|T|rD0

You can learn more about the plan here: http://bit.ly/2|0fXpJ"

Let's vote to have pedestrian sidewalks connected between Castlegate, Castlegate 2, and Bridgewood. Just a few short stretches filled in.

 

The City of College Station is asking for public input as it updates its Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan. A community meeting about the update is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the College Station Utilities Meeting & Training Facility located at 1603 Graham Rd. The meeting will also provide an overview of what has happened since the plan’s adoption in 2010.

An online survey will be available Feb. 7-March 7 to provide your feedback about additional facilities that may be needed for biking, walking and greenways.

For more information and to take the survey, visit http://cstx.gov/bikepedgreenways

City of College Station Holiday Hours

Holiday schedule for city offices, facilities

City of College Station offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2. Sanitation and recycling will be collected on the normal schedule.

  • College Station Utilities: Electric, water or wastewater outages can be reported to 855-528-4CSU (4278). Please have your account number ready.
  • Municipal Court: Payments due on Dec. 23 or Dec. 26 must be paid by the close of business on Dec. 27. Payments due on Jan. 2 must be paid by the close of business on Jan. 3.
  • Ringer Library: The library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 22 and reopen Dec. 27. The facility will also close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 29 and reopen Jan. 3.
  • Lincoln Recreation Center: The recreation center will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. After school and senior programs will close for the break on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
  • Southwood Community Center: The community center will be closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2. Senior programs will close for the break on Monday, Dec. 19.
  • Sanitation & Recycling: Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will be regular work days for all collections.

End of Year Letter 2016

From the directors and the management staff we wanted to wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas!

Note: Annual Invoices will be emailed on or before December 15th. Please be sure that we have your current contact information on file

Host an International Aggie Student for Dinner

Texas A&M International Student Services is now seeking hosts from around the B/CS community to share in a unique cultural experience, all from the comfort of their own home. Dinner in a U.S. Home (DIAUSH) is a program where local residents are matched with an Aggie international student for a meal and are exposed to different cultures and languages. This provides an opportunity for international students to connect beyond the Texas A&M University campus, and to better assimilate into the Texas A&M and Bryan/College Station community. Through this program, students and hosts establish international friendships while celebrating cultural learning. By cultivating an open, casual environment, the dinner will evoke open exchange of cultural experiences, customs and ideas.

Residents of all ages are invited to apply to host an international student for dinner. Hosts may choose a group of students or a single student. Applications to act as a host as well as further information regarding the program are available at http://tx.ag/USDinner.

 

Castlegate Christmas Lights Installation

The contractor will be out installing the Christmas decorations Wednesday morning, November 23rd at the entrance and exit of Castlegate Dr and Greens Prairie. The street may end up being closed off while they use the lift to put up the lights. Please use caution while driving around the area.
Thank you!

Dead Trees

As we move into the fall season it is a good time to start thinking about cutting down dead trees and planting new trees. Residents in the community who schedule to cut down a tree through December 31, 2016 will get a 15% discount with Brazos Valley Stump Grinding and Tree service. They offer free estimates.

 

Brazos Valley Stump Grinding & Tree Service

979-774-4800

15% off tree cutting from 11/18-12/31*

 

*You must mention the discount at the time of the estimate to receive the discount.

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