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Neighborhood News September 16, 2016

     SeeClickFix: Simple way to report issues to city

Here is our latest video highlighting SeeClickFix, an online site that allows users to report code enforcement-related issues. To learn more about the site, click here

 
Free Shred Day- Oct. 1- City Hall Parking Lot
Bring old documents out to the free Shred Day event on Oct. 1 at the College Station City Hall Parking Lot from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Embassy Records Management and Storage. Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding personal documents that contain sensitive information. For more information, call 764-3445.

No handheld devices while driving goes in to effect Nov. 9

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 begins on Nov. 9. 2016.
 
For more information on the ban and how it will work, click here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Household Hazardous Waste & Computer Collection- Oct.22
The annual Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection is Oct. 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University Services Building on Harvey Road, the first entrance on the left after Veterans Park. 
 
To find out more about what items are accepted, click here.
National Night Out - Oct. 4

 The goal of National Night Out is to heighten awareness of crime prevention, to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct. 4.
 
 All residents are encouraged to step outside to mingle with their neighbors and to visit with local law enforcement officers, who will be stopping at neighborhood block parties throughout the evening. Interested in organizing a block party for your neighborhood or apartment complex? College Station residents: http://cstx.gov/nno ; Bryan residents: (979) 209-5539.

There will also be a National Night Out Kickoff Party on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Target in Bryan. -

http://bit.ly/2ag8ctU



Fall Parks Guides now available
The Fall Parks Guide is now available electronically and in hard copies. Attached is the electronic copy of the Parks Guides. Hard copies of the guide can be found at all city facilities and the Parks and Recreation Department at Central Park on Krenek Tap Road.

 

City of College Station still providing free mosquito dunks

Residents of neighborhood and homeowners associations have long benefited from mosquito dunks provided through the City of College Station's Mosquito Abatement Program. To help prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the city continues to provide free dunks to residents who don't belong to an HOA.
 
Mosquito dunks will be available while supplies last at the Neighborhood Services and City Secretary's offices at City Hall, located at 1101 Texas Ave. Office hours are
9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays. To check availability, call 979-764-3500 or
 
Neighborhood and homeowner's associations not already participating in the mosquito abatement program may call the Neighborhood Services Office at 979-764-6262. Associations must be registered members of the city's Neighborhood Partnership Program to be eligible.
 
Program applications and more information on reducing the mosquito breeding population in and around your home can be found at cstx.gov/neighbor.
 
For more information about Brazos County's efforts to deal with mosquitoes and the Zika virus, click here.

 
Neighborhood Grants

The city can assist registered associations with improvement projects such as gateway signage or community gardens. More

Mosquito Abatement

Are mosquitoes causing a buzz in your area? Registered associations can buy abatement products from the city and get reimbursed. More

Reporting Violations

Know the rules before reporting on possible noise or animal code violations. More

NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES

Keep Brazos Beautiful Annual Tree Sale

ANNUAL TREE SALE

When: Saturday, October 15th

Where: Gander Mountain in College Station

Time: 9-Noon

See flyer attached below

** Per the CCR requirements trees need to be at least 2" in diameter

Town Hall Meeting 9/15/2016

There will be a town hall meeting held at Christ United Methodist Church on Thursday September 15th in College Station from 7:00-8:30 pm to address the issue of drugs and crime in our community. The event is being organized by Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley. For more information log onto www.kbtx.com

George Bush Presidential Library Issues Forum

 

Join us at The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for an enlightening panel discussion and Q&A led by nationally recognized experts in policy, safety, and technology from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. 

Will we still be “driven to drive” 10 to 20 years from now? That is the question transportation researchers, urban planners, policy makers, and social and behavioral scientists are exploring. The advent of self-driving vehicles and connected roadway systems could be truly transformative, with the potential to significantly change U.S. transportation. The question is not if such vehicles will be on Texas roadways—but when

There are many outstanding questions and issues regarding what’s next. How will these vehicles improve safety and mobility? How should the roadway adapt and support the technology to improve safety and reliability? How will connected and automated vehicles transform our roadway system?  How will they influence land use and development patterns? What are the public policy and data security implications in deploying these new technologies? And how accepting will drivers be of getting out from behind the wheel of their vehicles?

The event is free but seating is limited. Following the event, join us for a reception in the rotunda. To reserve your place, please email reservations.bush@nara.gov , call 979-691-4014, or by simply click on the registration link below. 


The Sheriff's Office Needs your Help!

PLEASE READ: Important Message from the Brazos County Crime Prevention Deputy Nathan Dennis

The Sheriff's Office has recently experienced a rise in reports of burglaries. During this time each year we tend to see increases in home burglaries, as more houses are unoccupied during daytime hours.

A current strategy for these thieves is to knock on the doors of a residence to check if anyone is home. If someone does answer the door the subject may ask for directions, or say they are looking for a certain person. If this happens to you, please lock the door and gather as much informaton on the subject and call your local Police Department or Sheriff's Office to report the incident.

The Sheriff's Office hs also seen an increase in vehichle burglaries. In most cases the vehichles that were burglarized were unlocked. We ask that you take all valuable items out of your vehichle and always lock it. If possible park your vehichle in a lighted area. Help us by being the eyes and ears of your Sheriff's Office.

If you see suspicious activity, contact 9-1-1 and report your concerns. The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that they serve.

Reember... together we can make a difference in our community!

Neighborhood News August 19, 2016

Blog Post: Council previews proposed budget; upcoming public hearings

Below is a link to a blog on the city's budget workshops. The council reviewed the budget in a two-day series of in-depth workshops this week, with final adoption of the budget and tax rate set for Sept. 22. A public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for Aug. 31, followed by another public hearing on the tax rate and budget on Sept. 8.


Blog Post: A tribute to the noble legacy of the late Bob Meyer
In this latest blog post, Parks and Recreation Manager Kelly Kelbly fondly remembers times she spent with the late Bob Meyer at the Southwood Community.

 
When Mr. Meyer passed away in 2013 at the age of 81, he left about $750,000 to benefit senior programs in the Parks & Recreation Department. This week, a plaque was dedicated at Southwood honoring Mr. Meyer and his lovely wife, Wanda.
 

Blog Post: Flood insurance premiums lower in College Station
In July, the Texas Water Development Board evaluated the City of College Station's floodplain management ordinances and enforcement practices to determine their effectiveness in meeting National Flood Insurance Program regulations. The report found that College Station is one of the few communities with no issues.

 

Filing ends soon for four city council seats at stake in  November election

The mayor's seat and three places on the College Station City Council are at stake in the Nov. 8 general election. The deadline for filing for Mayor and Place 2 is Aug. 22, and the deadline for Place 3 and 4 is Aug. 25.
 
Mayor (General Election)
Full three-year term.
 
Place 2 (General Election)
Full three-year term.
 
Place 3 (Special Election)
One-year term to complete the unexpired term of Karl Mooney, who is running for mayor. The current term expires in November 2017.
 
Place 4 (Special Election)
Two-year term to complete the unexpired term of John Nichols, who is running for mayor. The current term expires in November 2018.
 
Eligibility
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens, qualified Texas voters, and College Station residents for at least one year prior to Election Day. Candidate information packets are available at the City Secretary's Office at College Station City Hall, located at 1101 Texas Ave.
 
Important Dates
Aug. 22 - Candidate filing deadline- For Mayor and Place 2
Aug. 25-  Candidate filing deadline for Places 3 and 4
Oct. 11 - Voter registration deadline
Oct. 24-Nov. 4 - Early voting
Nov. 8 - Election Day
 
For additional information and a list of candidates, visit cstx.gov.elections 

Aug. 27- CSPD's Community Picnic and Back to School Rally
Enjoy free lunch and activities with the College Station Police Department on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Recreation Center.
 
Everyone is invited to check out public safety vehicles and learn how to make this school year a safe year. Questions? Call 979.764.5098 or email sbeatty@cstx.gov. 
Sign up for National Night Out - Oct. 4

 The goal of National Night Out is to heighten awareness of crime prevention, to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct. 4.
 
 All residents are encouraged to step outside to mingle with their neighbors and to visit with local law enforcement officers, who will be stopping at neighborhood block parties throughout the evening. Interested in organizing a block party for your neighborhood or apartment complex? College Station residents: http://cstx.gov/nno ; Bryan residents: (979) 209-5539.

There will also be a National Night Out Kickoff Party on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Target in Bryan. -

http://bit.ly/2ag8ctU


City's Community Services Department has moved
The Community Services Department has moved from 1207 Texas Avenue (next to city hall) to 511 University Drive East. Community Services is comprised of Code Enforcement, Community Development and Northgate District Operations.

Also housed at this location is the police department's Community Enhancement officers, Animal Control and the motorcycle officers.
 

City of College Station still providing free mosquito dunks

Residents of neighborhood and homeowners associations have long benefited from mosquito dunks provided through the City of College Station's Mosquito Abatement Program. To help prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the city continues to provide free dunks to residents who don't belong to an HOA.
 
Mosquito dunks will be available while supplies last at the Neighborhood Services and City Secretary's offices at City Hall, located at 1101 Texas Ave. Office hours are
9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays. To check availability, call 979-764-3500 or
 
Neighborhood and homeowner's associations not already participating in the mosquito abatement program may call the Neighborhood Services Office at 979-764-6262. Associations must be registered members of the city's Neighborhood Partnership Program to be eligible.
 
Program applications and more information on reducing the mosquito breeding population in and around your home can be found at cstx.gov/neighbor.
 
For more information about Brazos County's efforts to deal with mosquitoes and the Zika virus, click here.

George Bush Presidential Library Movie by the Pond

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as we enjoy the movie "Herbie Fully Loaded" on September 19th under the stars by the presidential pond. You may bring your coolers, but please no pets or glass containers.

Games and free refreshments will begin at 7 p.m., and the movie will start just after sundown.

Other activities include: 

  • Bounce houses
  • Games
  • Face Painting 
  • Refreshments 
  • Popcorn 
  • Pretzels 
  • Nachos 
  • Pickles 
  • Snow Cones 

The movie, food and activities are all FREE of charge, just show up and have a great time. The BCS/CVB mobile visitors center will also be on location.

For more information and to register call 979-691-4014 or visit http://bush41.org/events-listing

 

Aggie Swim Club Tryouts

Tryouts start September 1st for the swim club. The flyer is attached below for more information.

Back to School Safety Tips

Back To School Safety Tips

August 22, 2016 - Back To School Safety Tips

On the way to school:

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren't many people around.
  • Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don't know well or trust.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.
  • Teach your kids -- whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school -- to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
  • When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don't leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.
  • Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number.

After School Safety:

  • If the kids are alone after school for a short time, make sure that they follow some basic guidelines.
    • They should keep the doors locked.
    • They should never tell someone on the phone that there are no adults at home. Teach them to say that you can’t come to the phone right now.
    • Post a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone.
    • Have them call you at work or on your cell phone as soon as they arrive home.
    • Set up rules on what kind of food they can fix. Younger children should never use the stove without adult supervision.
    • Be sure to set up guidelines on who they can have over (if anyone) and what they are allowed to do.
    • Make sure that your child has the number of another trusted adult and knows how to call 911 for emergencies.

What should parents do now for child safety this school year?

* Familiarize yourself with school or provider drop-off and pick-up practices and then be sure you always follow them.

One of the biggest complaints by school officials is that parents find a reason to be an exception to the rule. If the curb or sign says "No stopping, standing or parking at any time," that means everyone. If children are required to use designated cross walks, don't walk your child across the middle of a street just because you're holding his or her hand. If traffic is supposed to be one way at designated times, be prepared to change your traffic pattern. And, if an area is designated for teacher parking only, then don't grab a space to drop off your child because you think it's just for "a couple of minutes."

* Discuss the rules with your child and practice with younger ones. If possible, take your child to the drop-off area and "practice" the procedure at an off-peak time. Have your child wear his backpack (if required) and walk him through what to look for, what to do, and what not to do. If crossing guards are utilized, explain their purpose and how they must wait for approval to cross. Younger children understand best by actually "doing" a routine instead of just being told about it. Familiarity and then repetition are the best guidelines for ensuring child safety all school year long.

* Resist the urge to speed or make any traffic rules exception because you are running late. Whipping your car around, getting your child to dash out of the car to reach the classroom before the school bell rings, or encouraging a "drop-and-dash" drop-off is the recipe for disaster in terms of child safety. You would rather your child receive a tardy notice than to be in an accident.

* Know all traffic rules concerning school zones and traffic flows. Remember, ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Drive your pattern now and familiarize yourself with the various speed zones. Be aware of which side of the car your child sits, and consider positioning her to the side most convenient for exiting. If your child is in a "drop" situation, see if the child seat or booster seat is something he can put on or off safely; the same holds true for lap belts and shoulder harnesses.

* Do not use your cell phone, palm, or any other distracting device while in or around school zones. This common-sense advice really applies whenever a motorist is behind the wheel, but especially when in a driving situation around young children and their perhaps spontaneous actions – it is now a law not to use these devices in a school zone.

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 Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department at 979-361-3888; contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600. Together we can make a difference in our community. Hear It - See It - Report It

Lost Dog found in Castlegate

Small black female dog (Scottish terrier?) found on Newark Circle in Wentworth subdivision of Castlegate at 1 pm today. Has a light blue collar with no tags or contact information. Number/letter code is printed directly on collar, may be for microchip..

Contact our office with any information 979-690-2330 or email office@hoapartners.net or call Caitlin at 210-260-4204.

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