Local News Headlines–6/11/2013

For the second time, developers are before the Bryan City Council asking to approve the construction of more than 600 homes north of Traditions Golf Course.  At issue is rezoning 166 acres north of Villa Maria towards Leonard Road and west of Chick Lane.  A year ago, developers withdrew their request before it went to the council.  Last month before the planning and zoning commission, the developer’s attorney, Chris Peterson, says his clients have agreed to building a third collector street.  But to do that they have to shrink the distance between homes from seven to five-and-a-half feet, something that is not uncommon.  Peterson says the number of homes has already dropped from 730 to 613. If spacing remains at seven feet, Peterson says that would lop off another 60 homes and kill their plans.  Fire Chief Randy McGregor told the commission as these homes age, a seven foot separation becomes more important.  Last year, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted for seven feet.  The recommendation to be considered by the city council tonight calls for five-and-a-half feet.

New school administrators were announced yesterday in both local districts.  The Bryan school board approved four hirings.  Two involve principals and one is a transfer. Lane Buban moves from SamRayburnMiddle School to BryanHigh School.  And, the new principal at Bowen Elementary is Hooria Lakhani from the FortBend district.  Two central office hirings includes the new executive director of human resources and administration.  Crystal Goodman comes to Bryan from Spring and before that Fort Worth and Navasota.  And, Bryan I-S-D’s new communications director is Brandon Webb. He has been at the BlinnCollege campus in Bryan.  In College Station, superintendent Eddie Coulson has selected the new principal at Cypress Grove Intermediate.  Kellie Deegear makes the move after 11 years as principal at Kemp Elementary in Bryan.  Doctor Coulson also announced the transfer of three assistant principals.

And, Governor Rick Perry has added to the special session agenda a call for more highway funding.  It’s a second chance for state representative John Raney of Bryan, who was hoping transportation funding would have been resolved during the regular session. State representative Kyle Kacal, who’s district stretches from south of College Station to north of Waco, acknowledges the challenge of getting more money for rural roads. Kacal says money to maintain current roads also has to be found in addition to new construction.  Raney says he is doubtful about spending money to develop high-speed passenger rail service.  And, Raney supports paying as revenue is collected and not with bond financing as is supported by the Governor.  Senator Charles Schwertner says one possible revenue source is a portion of what is generated from excise taxes on oil and gas.