Local News Headlines–7/25/2016

There is a timetable to rid what some say was a major source of flooding in Bryan two months ago. Before the late May rains, Blinn College trustees had committed to cleaning out two detention ponds on the Bryan campus. College spokesman Richard Bray says administrators plan to ask trustees next month to hire an engineer. Once a design has been approved by the city, Bray says the trustees will be asked to seek bids to hire a contractor. The earliest date for the start of construction would be late fall. Over at Bryan city hall, City Secretary Mary Lynne Stratta says officials continue to work on reducing the amount of damage from future weather events. Stratta says even though the city has a comprehensive master plan, it needs to be updated. Stratta said many believe the city owns every creek and drainage ditch…which is not true. She also reminds Bryan storm victims to apply with FEMA…even if they have insurance…by the August 10th deadline.

Today is the official start of the filing period for the November city-school election. In College Station, two current councilmen have announced their intent to run for the position of mayor… Karl Mooney and John Nichols. Communications Director Jay Socol says places two, three, four and mayor will be up for election in November. Place two belongs to Steve Aldrich who is joining the Brazos County Commission along with current Mayor Nancy Berry. For those interested in running, City Manager Kelly Templin says the time commitment is a big one, especially for the position of mayor. He says Mayor Berry spends at least 20 hours a week at City Hall. Anyone interested in running or just wants more information can stop by the city secretary’s office at city hall. The filing period ends August 22nd.

Both short and long term efforts to reduce traffic congestion in College Station were discussed at the last city council meeting. Long range recommendations from an outside consultant includes a $20-million flyover of Jones-Butler Road over Holleman and F-M 2818 to reduce volume on the existing roads. Another long term idea is extending Luther west of 2818 then south to Dowling. The only council consensus was taking traffic off Old Wellborn Road by extending General Parkway from Rock Prairie to Graham Road.