News Headlines–4/9/2013

April is a busy month at the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency.  Bryan Griespach says that’s in addition to business growing at Twin Oaks Landfill.  This Saturday, BVSWMA is cooking lunch for the volunteers in the local Texas Trash Off sponsored by Keep Brazos Beautiful. The following weekend, BVSWMA is participating in Earth Day activities at Wolf Pen Creek Park.  And, you still have time to collect your household hazardous waste products to drop off on April 27th.

Today’s Bryan city council workshop includes a discussion about allowing tattoo parlors in the downtown area.  Councilmen Richard Cortez and Paul Madison asked for a staff presentation and discussion about possibly changing city zoning regulations. The owner of Arsenal Tattoo and Design and his wife have purchased the old Texaco station at the corner of 26th and Sims, also the home of the former Mr. Joe’s boxing gym.  Cliff and Stacy Collard have asked for a conditional use permit, which is not part of Tuesday’s agenda. But they are asking supporters to speak during the council’s public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.  The staff presentation will take place earlier during the afternoon workshop.  Cliff Collard’s letter says they want to educate the council about modern day tattooing, eradicate old stigmas, and convince them the new shop and their customers will not be a negative presence.  In addition to the tattoo business, plans also call for an art gallery and reference library.

And, Texas A&M officials are expecting the largest crowd ever at this Saturday’s Maroon and White football game.  Associate Athletics Director Mike Caruso says they’re planning on as many as 40,000, which is twice the normal attendance.  The game experience will also include the Aggie band and Corps of Cadets.  Because of football competing with baseball and softball games and activities related to Parent’s Weekend, plan on arriving early and paying for parking unless you have a university tag.  University staff will be out monitoring the tailgaters that are expected to be out. Caruso says advance tickets are available online. Students get in free.