Another division on the Bryan city council involves a proposal to have city staff attending and recording community meetings where council members are participating. Mike Southerland and two other councilmen who hold town hall meetings were opposed to the idea. Ben Hardeman said later this was not a retaliatory measure, but something to bring more transparency to the council. Mayor Jason Bienski agreed. Buppy Simank, who submitted the proposal with Hardeman, moved to delay final action until the council’s second meeting next month. The postponement was approved on a five to two vote. Hardeman and Bienski voted against the postponement.
Last night’s College Station city council meeting included the approval of six requests for rezoning land. Only one drew any public attention. The council voted six to one to support a unanimous planning and zoning commission recommendation allowing two homes to be built a block south of the fire station at University and Tarrow. Council members told residents to continue reporting college students driving too fast, having loud parties, and violating occupancy limits in rental units. Neighbors also wanted signs that say “Children At Play”. But the council turned that down after hearing from the city’s transportation coordinator, Danielle Singh. Other zoning changes unanimously approved with no comments from the public or the council included land for a future restaurant at the northwest corner of University and Eisenhower, and an apartment complex with a restaurant on Wellborn between Luther and Tarrow Park. There was no comment about what kind of restaurants would be built.
A Bryan man is in jail after his arrest for setting fire to his mobile home and two vehicles owned by other people. Bryan deputy fire marshal William Bouse says 42 year old Adrian Mejia-Ortiz was taken into custody following a court appearance on Wednesday. According to online jail records, Mejia is also being held for immigration authorities.