Local News Headlines–6/28/2013

A majority of College Station city council members are interested in talking with the C-S-I-S-D school board if the board decides to include a natatorium in a bond election this November.  One who is not interested is Jess Fields, after hearing the estimated operational cost is a deficit of $300,000 and the school district has had two years of budget deficits.  Superintendent Eddie Coulson pointed out that a citizens committee raised the issue, not the school board.  Councilman Karl Mooney says bringing competitive swimming to town was just one benefit of a larger pool.  The cost of building a 50 meter by 25 yard pool is between $28-million and $32-million. When asked by other council members, Coulson said they would like the city to split the operational cost.  No action was taken by the council, and there are plans for a joint meeting with the school board.

It will be another two weeks before the College Station City Council considers agreements related to the redevelopment of Kyle Field.  But that didn’t stop 90 minutes of discussion last night.  The 30 year proposal giving $36-million in hotel occupancy tax money provides access to seven facilities at A&M.  And, the president of the convention and visitors bureau, Shannon Overby, says large organizations are already wanting to book space.  City staff asked for more time to finalize the contracts, which the council will consider July 11.  BrazosCounty has yet to consider contracts with the C-V-B and the university.

And, an eight-year-old Bryan girl needs help to get a diabetic alert dog.  Mother Jennifer Stewart says Libby has type one diabetes and often can’t feel her blood sugar rising or dropping, but a specially-trained dog could protect her from organ damage, comas, seizures, and even save her life.  Stewart says the dog would be trained to smell the difference between her daughter’s highs and lows with samples of her spit, giving the family time to act before any permanent damage results.  Stewart says the dogs cost $20,000 to $30,000, so a benefit carnival will be held at the Church of the Nazarene in Bryan tomorrow evening from six until nine.