Local News Headlines–7/9/2013

Two months ago, the College Station city council approved rezoning land along the east side of the freeway for suburban commercial use.  At the last council meeting, a neighboring homeowner in the Raintree development, Boyd Sorrell said 150 feet of a pond was illegally filled in.  Sorrell says the pond was used to collect run-off from heavy rainfall which will now flood areas where houses are located back upstream.  Since the pond was filled in, a city spokesman says the developer has hired an engineer to determine if any negative effects occurred, what corrections may be necessary, and a plan of action. The developer has been asked to submit a report to city staff before the end of the month or face a specific deadline and possible fines.

Tonight’s Bryan City Council agenda includes first round consideration of allowing tattoo businesses in the downtown area.  It’s been a month since the planning and zoning commission endorsed the option.  The proposal calls for restricting the amount of floor space in a tattoo business to between three thousand and five thousand square feet and separating shops a minimum of one mile from each other.

And, For students living on-campus universities might be getting safer.  The Texas legislature passed a bill that says universities will be allowed to check the criminal history of students who want to live in on-campus housing.  Vice President of Student Services at BlinnCollege, Dennis Crowson, says that he expects fewer crimes to happen in on-campus housing once this bill is implemented.  Crowson was a witness for the bill when it was passed in June.  He says that with this bill student housing should become a safer environment.