Local News Headlines–6/4/2013

College Station’s fire chief has announced his retirement.  R.B. Alley’s last day is June 28th, ending eight years in College Station and 40 years in the profession.  Interim City Manager Kathy Merrill says no decisions have been made yet regarding an acting chief or the search process for Alley’s successor.  During his tenure, three new fire stations were built, a fourth staffed ambulance was placed into service, and a dedicated ladder company was activated.  Earlier this year, Alley was named the Texas Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the year.

Groundbreaking takes place this week on one major public works project in Bryan, while a second was recently approved by the city council.  A ceremony marking the start of a flood reduction effort in the area of KempElementary School is tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 near the corner of West M-L-K and Harlem.  In another north side neighborhood, the council at its last meeting approved contracts to design the rebuilding of portions of Old Hearne Road, Wilhelm, and Wilkes, adding storm sewers, and creating a detention pond near Bonham Elementary on land owned by the school district. The $4-million project will be in the design process until next March.

And, negotiations will continue in an effort to bring more relief to business owners in College Station’s Northgate District.  Mayor Nancy Berry says there’s another idea to increase the amount of space for delivery vehicles. Berry says negotiations are underway to remove some spaces near the Northgate restrooms, convert that to deliveries, and relocate what was taken.  Berry says interested parties will be meeting later this month.  She says no one wants to give up the head-on spaces closest to the businesses, which are used by customers.