What is normally routine, the annual appointment of volunteers to advisory boards, wasn’t so ordinary at this week’s Bryan city council meeting. A portion of the council’s Tuesday afternoon workshop was spent recommending candidates. Before the council started taking final action Tuesday night, City Secretary Mary Lynne Stratta announced one applicant was no longer interested in serving. Sandy Zavala withdrew her name from her nomination to the joint relief funding committee and all committees. Mayor Jason Bienski, who had nominated Zavala that afternoon, learned that she is the mother of Rafael Pena, someone who has publicly endorsed the proposed charter amendment banning relatives of council members from volunteer or paid city positions. There were also more applicants than openings on the parks and recreation board. Six were interested in four positions. Pena and Al Saenz were part of a unanimous vote for a member who had sought reappointment and for not considering former councilman Richard Cortez because he serves on four other city boards. But, Pena and Saenz did not support the majority’s selections of three new members.
Education through entertainment is one way to describe the Brazos Valley Fair, which starts today. The fair’s Fiona Meyer says the educational focus is on agriculture with proceeds go towards college scholarships. This is the third Brazos Valley Fair and the first time the three-day fair is running in mid-October. Meyer also says expanded parking at the Expo Center means there’s no need for shuttle service this year. More information is online at www.brazosvalleyfair.com.
And, the city of College Station has announced street work today at three locations. There will be work along FM 2818 at the intersections of Holleman and Rio Grande that will result in lane closures and/or brief shutdowns. Motorists who use Munson will need to find another route because the block between University Oaks and Harvey will be closed for repaving. As for the bumpiest stretch of Munson, between Dominik and Lincoln, the city council is scheduled to consider a design contract at their next meeting. Construction could start a year from now on what is budgeted as a $2.6- million replacement of the street and water and sewer lines.