Local News Headlines–5/23/2-13

Tonight’s College Station City Council meeting will be the first for a newly hired assistant city manager.  Rod Hogan, who worked for the city of Plano for 35 years before retiring, is here on a temporary basis to assist interim city manager Kathy Merrill.  Hogan will be working with College Station’s planning and zoning, public works, and utilities departments.  He is expected to be here through the end of the fiscal year, which is September 30th.  Mayor Nancy Berry says tonight’s agenda includes an executive session where they will discuss how they will use a search firm to recruit city manager candidates.   No timeline has been determined for hiring the next city manager.

A Bryan neighborhood was without power for about three hours and traffic was rerouted for about four hours Wednesday after a semi truck hit a power pole. Police reported the 18-wheeler on Old College attempted a left turn onto South College. When the semi swung out to the right, the pole was struck, causing the power outage. A diesel fuel tank was ruptured, causing a leak. The College Station Fire Department hazardous materials team assisted in getting the remaining diesel pumped out of the damaged tank. Traffic was rerouted until the fuel was transferred and a tire was fixed to move the semi from the scene. No one was injured. Police say the driver, from Duncan Oklahoma, was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane.

And, tomorrow morning is a special ribbon cutting involving officials of the A&M and U-T systems.  On the A&M Riverside campus off Highway 47 near Highway 21, is a newly built joint library storage building.  A&M interim associate dean Pixey Mosley  says 11 universities between the two systems are ready to ship books.  The storage shelves of the new facility are 19 feet tall and three feet deep.  Mosley says 40 pallets of books from Evans Library at A&M are ready to be moved and she knows of similar preparations at ten other schools.  Mosley says the intention is to store books that are not in high use.  More than five years in the making, the idea for the library came from former A&M library dean Fred Heath, who is now at U-T.  The capacity of the more than $6-million building is 1-million books with an expansion capability of another 2-million.