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Divided CS Council Approves Nature Center Contract

Four and a half years after College Station voters said yes to building a nature center at Lick Creek Park, a design has been approved.

The city council at this week’s meeting approved an architect’s contract by a 4-3 vote.

Councilwoman Blanche Brick participated with the community advisory committee that recommended the design which includes heating and air conditioning. Also voting yes were Karl Mooney, John Nichols, and Julie Schultz.

Mayor Nancy Berry voted no out of concerns about the operations and maintenance cost of not only climate control but adding one full time employee and seasonal part-time employees. Also voting no were James Benham and Jess Fields.

The citizens committee and city staff spent two years to get to the action taken by the council last/Thursday night.

Click HERE to read the background information presented at the city council meeting.

CScoun050913LickCr.mp3Montage of comments from Mayor Nancy Berry, Parks and Recreation Director David Schmitz, and council members Blanche Brick, Jess Fields, James Benham, Karl Mooney, & John Nichols.

Architect's design of Lick Creek Nature Center layout, courtesy the City of College Station.

Architect’s design of Lick Creek Nature Center layout, courtesy the City of College Station.

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Posted by on May 10 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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