Local News Headlines–4/29/2013

The new City Manager of College Station died unexpectedly over the weekend.  One month after getting his dream job, Frank Simpson died of an apparent heart attack. Fire Chief R.B. Alley says on Saturday afternoon, the 48-year-old Simpson felt ill while doing yard work around his home.  Alley says Simpson went inside to sit down and cool off. That’s when he went into cardiac arrest.  C-P-R was being administered when firefighter/e-m-t’s arrived and transported Simpson to College Station Medical Center.  Simpson had returned to College Station to become a deputy manager two years ago after starting his career in 1986.  The A&M grad had also worked in Missouri City, Webster, Center, and LaMarque.

Tomorrow morning we’ll know more about the international company wanting to buy 183 acres in the Texas Triangle business park north of Bryan.  Three meetings were held Friday afternoon to approve the final contracts.  The Brazos County Commissioners Court unanimously agreed to a resolution offering property tax breaks to Kuadrum Pipe and Tube.  The Bryan City Council approved a ten-year non-annexation agreement, and the city-county economic development foundation that operates the business park approved the land sale agreement.  The county resolution describes Kuadrum as a Delaware corporation that produces steel tubes and related products and services and bare, galvanized and pre-primered products to customers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The $120-million plant is supposed to hire 285 employees with an annual payroll of $10-million.

And, the Texas Senate has forwarded to the House a joint resolution asking voters to decide how to spend billions of dollars from the Rainy Day fund.  Representative John Raney of Bryan expects the lower chamber will also approve the measure, which would provide money for public education, transportation, and water projects.  Raney expects some pushback from the Governor because the price tag is more than what he has supported.