Community News

Board Meeting

Castlegate Board Meeting

January 21, 2016

Fire Station 5

1601 William D Fitch

7:00PM to 8:30PM

 

This meeting is open to all residents to attend

Neighborhood New - December 31, 2015

Neighborhood News
Information on College Station events and services.
Single-Stream Recycling begins January 4!
  
The City of College Station's new single-stream recycling program allows you to place your recyclables in one container for biweekly collection by Brazos Valley Recycling. No bags or sorting required! Blue, 95-gallon recycling containers will be distributed to ALL single-family homes in College Station throughout January.
 
  
For those living in Emerald Forest, please place your  temporary Texas Commercial Waste recycling container at the curb to be removed by 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4. Our new single-stream recycling service provider, Brazos Valley Recycling, will deliver a new blue recycling container to your property on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
 
We've been receiving a lot of questions about who is eligible for this new program. Everyone getting a single-stream recycling container should have received a postcard in the mail.
 
If you didn't receive a postcard and want to recycle, here is a list of private recycling vendors: http://bit.ly/1O4Fqsa

Containers will be distributed throughout January starting Jan. 4.
 
 If you do not want a container, email RecycleRequests@cstx.gov with your information ASAP.

 
For more single-stream recycling details, visit http://bit.ly/1R6ScaC

Open Carry law becomes effective Jan. 1
Since the Texas open carry law becomes effective Friday, Jan.1, the City of College Station has put together information to clarify how the law will apply in our community.
 

  
Our most popular blogs and podcasts of 2015
The reason the City of College Station decided to start blogging in 2010 was simple: It was an effective way to better tell our story. While blogging is rare for municipalities, you see even fewer cities delivering regular podcasts featuring local government leaders.
  
Here are our most popular blogs and podcasts of 2015: http://wp.me/pKa0b-2GC 
  

Brazos Valley Senior Games registration begins Jan. 4
The City of College Station is hosting the 2016 Senior Games Feb. 18-21. The Senior Games promote physical and mental health and fitness among Texas Senior Citizens by encouraging them to maintain healthy lifestyles and social relationships, to participate in sports and recreational activities with other seniors, and to provide an environment for athletic competition.
 
Ages 50+ can compete in track and field, swimming, basketball, cycling, golf, 5k, archery, bowling, horseshoes, pickleball, disc golf, washers, table tennis, tennis, 3-on-3 basketball, cornhole, and basketball skills. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each event and age group. The registration fee is $30 which includes a shirt and two tickets to the reception, with an additional $4 fee per event. Deadline to register is Feb. 12.
 
For more information, visit cstx.gov/seniors or call 979.764.3486.

Registration still open for Citizens University
Citizens University- Application Deadline- Jan. 8
 
It's unlikely that your federal government would open its doors to you for a few weeks to meet those in charge, to ask questions and to share your opinions. Odds are slim of such happening at the state level, either.
 
But that's exactly what we're doing at College Station City Hall: Inviting you to be part of our annual Citizens University! It's free! You will get to talk to those who build budgets, construct capital projects, plan for growth, keep the lights on and neighborhoods safe. Give our Citizens University a try, or tell a friend or family member.
 
 Sessions are conducted Mondays from 7-9 p.m. at various city facilities each spring. 2016 program begins Jan. 25. For more details and to apply, visit http://cstx.gov/cu.

2016 program starts Monday, Jan. 25. If interested, please apply before Friday, Jan. 8.at http://cstx.gov/cu

 

The Dream Works Conference scheduled for Jan.16

  
 Join the Lincoln Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for a community-wide conference focused on character, leadership and personal development. This is also an opportunity to celebrate the legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  
Materials presented will target teens, young adults and families. Conference admission is free. Luncheon is $5 per plate.
  
 For more information and to pre-register, visit cstx.gov/lincolncenter or call 979.764.3779.
  

Christmas Light Spectacular

 Castlegate is lit up with holiday spirit

Make sure to drive by and check out our holiday lights

 

4401 Belvoir

4200 Brougham

2213 Carlisle

2461 Newark

2478 Newark

2419 Norham

2059 Ravenstone

2100 Rockcliffe

2220 Rockingham

2233 Rockingham

 

 

City of College Station - Seminar Supper 12/21/15

Good Morning Neighbors!

Our next Seminar Supper will be on Dec. 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Our topic will be the Single-Stream Recycling Program coming to College Station residents in January 2016. Residents will no longer have to sort out recycled items in plastic bags. With the single-stream recycling program, all recycled items can be placed in one container to be recycled. Our speaker will be Heather Woolwine, the Recycling and Environmental Compliance Manager, that will oversee the program.

I hope to see many of you in attendance to find out more about the single-stream recycling program, how it will work and what to expect. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Monday 12/21 before noon by calling me or going cstx.gov/neighbor and register to attend. As always, feel free to invite neighbors and friends to attend as well.

Thanks

Barbara Moore

Neighborhood Services Coordinator

764-6262

City of College Station
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Neighborhood News - December 15, 2015

Information on College Station events and services.
Podcast: What we learned from League City's police station
The College Station City Council will soon decide where they want to locate the city's next police station. In this edition of the podcast, City Manager Kelly Templin discusses a recent road trip several staff and council members took to League City for a tour of that community's year-old police facility and talks about what they learned.
 
  
Seminar Supper- Dec. 21 - New Single-Stream Recycling Program
Our next Neighborhood Seminar Supper is Monday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. in City Hall - Council Chambers (1101 Texas Avenue). The city's Recycling & Environmental Compliance Manager Heather Woolwine is presenting on the NEW Single-Stream Recycling Program (starts in January!) for single-family homes.
 
Dinner will be served to those that R.S.V.P. by Friday, Dec. 18: http://bit.ly/1oYTynb.  
  

Our community needs You on a city committee
  If you're a typical, civic-minded resident of College Station, you vote on Election Day, write an occasional letter to the editor, and may even attend a city council meeting or two. You may also wonder how to become more directly involved in local government decisions that determine the kind of community in which we live. You can make a genuine and meaningful difference by volunteering to serve on a city board, committee or commission-but you will have to act fast. December 31 is the deadline to apply.
  
  

  
  Fitfest- Jan. 2 at the Lincoln Center
Learn how to live a healthy and active life at this FREE health and fitness festival on Saturday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lincoln Recreation Center. Fitness centers, medical professionals and nutrition consultants will be onsite to provide healthy living information, demonstrations, assessments and much more. Be sure to wear your workout clothes to participate in fitness demonstrations.  
 
For more details, visit cstx.gov/fitness or call 979.764.3486.

Registration open for Citizens University, Citizens Fire and Police Academies
Citizens University- Application Deadline- Jan. 8
It's unlikely that your federal government would open its doors to you for a few weeks to meet those in charge, to ask questions and to share your opinions. Odds are slim of such happening at the state level, either. But that's exactly what we're doing at College Station City Hall: Inviting you to be part of our annual Citizens University!  

You will get to talk to those who build budgets, construct capital projects, plan for growth, keep the lights on and neighborhoods safe. Give our Citizens University a try, or tell a friend or family member. 

2016 program starts Monday, Jan. 25. If interested, please apply before Friday, Jan. 8.at http://cstx.gov/cu

 
Citizens Fire Academy- Application Deadline- Jan. 15
 This 11-week learning program is designed to increase awareness about the College Station Fire Department's mission and daily operations. The course will cover a variety of hands-on topics, facilities and equipment tours, and provide CPR and First Aid instruction. A special Saturday session will feature a live fire exercise. Sessions are held Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. each spring at various city fire stations and the Brayton Fire Training Field. 2016 program begins Feb. 2.
  
 If interested, apply before Friday, Jan. 15 at http://cstx.gov/cfa
  
Citizens Police Academy- Application Deadline Jan. 25
This interactive program was designed to offer citizens an inside look at the College Station Police Department and their local criminal justice system. Sessions are held Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the College Station Police Department for 12 weeks each spring and fall. Spring session starts Feb. 9. If interested, apply before Monday, Jan. 25 at  http://cstx.gov/cpa

City offices will be closed Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1

Christmas Eve: Thursday, Dec. 24 - Regular work day for all collections.
Christmas Day: Friday, Dec. 25 & New Year's Day: Friday, Jan. 1 - Garbage collections will take place one day behind scheduled collection day. Recycling will not be collected.

2015 End of Year Letter

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 15. Please be sure that we have your current contact information on file.

City of College Station - Land Use Designation

Hello neighbors,

In an effort to keep the residents of Castlegate informed on issues pertaining to our neighborhood, the HOA Board has been made aware of a pending decision by the City of College Station City Council to change the land use designation in the City's Comprehensive Plan for land west and south of Castlegate.  The changes would increase the densities to the land uses surrounding our neighborhood, and could possibly impact our neighborhood with increased traffic and lower property values.   The HOA Board has provided a fact sheet with more details of these land use changes. The HOA Board voted via e-mail and the majority of the Board members were in opposition to these changes.  We had a representative of the Board attend the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, held on November 19th and spoke in opposition.  We are requesting that the residents of Castlegate notify the Mayor and Council Members with their personal position for or against the land use changes before the December 10th City Council meeting. We encourage residents to also attend the meeting if possible.

Thank you,

Castlegate HOA Board of Directors

College Station Noons Lions Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Neighborhood News - November 20, 2015

 

  
Podcast: Would impact fees impact me?
   

A new housing development pops up -- it means more cars on our streets, more yards being watered and more toilets being flushed. Should an established College Station resident have to subsidize the additional wear and tear -- and eventual expansion -- on that infrastructure? That's being explored by the College Station City Council, which has asked for more information related to impact fees: one-time costs only to buyers of new homes who are bringing additional impact to the city's infrastructure.
 

  
Seminar Supper on Oct. 23 - Holiday Safety
The holidays will be here before you know it and we want to make sure you are ready to secure and protect your home and belongings during this time.
 
Our next Seminar Supper will be on Monday November 23 at 6:00 pm at Fire Station #6 on University Drive. We will have our Community Enhancement Unit for the College Station Police and a representative from the College Station Fire Department to talk about holiday safety tips and information.The holidays are often a time when we see an increase in crime and accidents. Both departments will show you how to have a safe holiday season.
 
This Seminar Supper will also be our annual Thanksgiving Dinner thank all of the neighborhood and HOA leaders for their support throughout the year.
 
If you are unable to attend, please pass this information along to others in your neighborhood or friends. To attend, please RSVP to me by noon on Monday Nov. 23.
  
Please note the location of this Seminar Supper is NOT at City Hall Council Chambers but instead at Fire Station #6 on University Drive.
  
Dinner will be served to those that R.S.V.P. by Monday 11/23 by noon.  Click here to RSVP to attend: cstx.gov/neighbor

Christmas at the Park is Back!  Dec. 4- 6 at Central Park
By popular demand the City of College Station is saying goodbye to Christmas at the Creek and bringing back Christmas in the Park at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. This fun-filled, family event will be Dec. 4-6.

Daily activities will include a tour of the park on an old-fashioned hayride, free cookies and hot cocoa, and photos with Santa. On Saturday, Dec. 5 visitors can enjoy dance performances, inflatables, a petting zoo, giant snow slide and a Holiday Vendor Village with a variety of arts, crafts, jewelry, candles and more.

Guests may bring their own refreshments, but coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Alcohol, glass containers and pets are not allowed. Food vendors will be available.

Interested in becoming in a Holiday vendor? Register before Nov. 30. Space is limited.

For more details, visit csxt.gov/chrismas or call 979.764.3486.

  

Jingle Bell Fun Run - Dec. 6
  
The College Station Parks & Recreation Department's 26th Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run is set for Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1:15 p.m. and will be followed by the B/CS Christmas Parade.
  
This two-mile run starts at the corner of University Drive and South College Avenue and ends at the corner of Texas Avenue and Villa Maria. Dogs are welcome. The run is not timed and a shuttle will be available to pick up participants at the end of the route to transport back to the start line.
  
Register today at rectrac.cstx.gov! Entry fee is $20. Packet pickup will be Dec. 3 & 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, located at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. 

For more information, visit cstx.gov/christmas or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 979.764.3486 or parks@cstx.gov.

Five things to watch at Nov. 23 City Council Meeting

 
The College Station City Council gathers Monday at city hall for its workshop (about 5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
  1. CAD-RMS Project: The council will receive a workshop presentation about replacing the 25-year-old computer-aided dispatch and records management system used by the city's police and fire dispatchers. The existing system was last upgraded 10 years ago. The software contracts are part of the regular meeting's consent agenda.
  2. Transportation Network Companies: The council will have a workshop discussion about proposed regulations regarding transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.
  3. Rezoning on Fitch: After a public hearing, the council will consider changing the zoning for a property north of the intersection of Fitch Parkway and Lakeway Drive to allow for a small animal clinic.
  4. Rezoning on Holleman: After a public hearing, the council will consider changing the zoning from Rural to Multi-Family for about 14 1/2 acres south of Cain Road between Holleman Drive South and Old Wellborn Road. The change would allow for development.
  5. Northgate UDO Amendments: The council will consider amending the city's Unified Development Ordinance to bring greater flexibility to the placement of street trees, the location of sidewalks and screening of electrical service equipment in Northgate.
The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We'll post a detailed live blog on this site.

Age of Elegance Banquet: Dec. 12

Ages 55+ are invited to enjoy evening of fun, fashion and fellowship with a showcase of the latest fashion on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Recreation Center. There will be free food, entertainment & door prizes!
 
For more information, visit cstx.gov/lincolncenter or call 979.764.3779

'No Construction Traffic' Signs

The city of College Station has requested the ‘No Construction’ traffic signs be removed from Castlegate and Castlegate II by November 13, 2015.  The Association has been notified they cannot deploy these signs because these signs are not supported by an ordinance or special provision within the construction projects taking place within the Castlegate neighborhood. Furthermore, we have been advised that construction vehicles are not in violation of any laws or ordinances and cannot be prevented from using the roads. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Troy Rother or James Robertson with Traffic Engineering at 979-764-3690.

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