Local News Headlines–7/27/2016

Brazos County Commissioners have started the process of reducing traffic south of College Station. County Judge Duane Peters says to lessen congestion on Arrington Road south of William D. Fitch, a developer has donated the land to extend Mesa Verde Drive to the Highway 6 overpass near Texas World Speedway at a cost of $1.2-million. The county estimates the cost of widening Arrington at $2-million. Commissioners plan to include that and a second project in next year’s budget. Peters says they are also looking at extending Cherokee Street to the feeder road. And, the judge says they are looking at road projects in all precincts.

Yesterday was the 26th Community Impact Awards luncheon sponsored by the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes Hispanic, African-American, Asian, American Indian, and Women business owners who have demonstrated a significant impact on the local community. Representing the title sponsor, Texas A&M Assistant Vice President for Finance Rex Janne says there will be a sixth category next year, businesses owned by disabled veterans. This year’s winners are Jill Gallagher of 1st Alliance Mortgage, Veronica Morgan of Mitchell and Morgan engineers, and Agustin Trevino of Trevino-Smith Funeral Home.

The first person to announce running for a seat on the Bryan City Council says he wants to represent the same district as his father. Reuben Marin, who is seeking the Single Member District One seat, is the son of Joe Marin, who was on the council between 2001 and 2007. Reuben Marin currently serves on Bryan’s Planning and Zoning Commission and the Bryan Business Council. The filing period for the Bryan and College Station city councils and school boards continues through August 22nd.

The monarch butterfly population declined 90-percent from 1995 to 2014. In January, Mayors Jason Bienski and Nancy Berry signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. College Station Parks and Recreation Market Assistant, Hallie Kutch says to honor this promise, the city is doing several things to assist with the species’ growth including creating a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at Lick Creek Park, altering mowing schedules and planting milkweed in community and school gardens. Kutch says milkweed is an important food source for the butterflies and residents can help by planting it in home gardens. Free seed packets are available at Stephen C Beachy Central Park. A free community planning meeting will be held at 1:30 pm Friday at the U-S-D-A Building on Holleman.