CS Council Discusses Auditor, Parks, City Center

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College Station's city council is moving forward with the creation of a new position.

During Thursday afternoon's workshop meeting, council members mapped out their plan to hire an internal auditor. That person would observe staff actions, and would report directly to the council, not the city manager.

A request for applications will go out within the next few days. A three-person audit committee will choose finalists, who will then be interviewed by the full council.

The committee is made up of three councilmembers: Ben White, Ron Gay and Lynn McIlhaney. The committee was formed earlier this year, and recently met for the first time.

Bryan created an internal auditor position back in 2005, and hired Bob Shultz to fill the job.

During the evening regular meeting, the council approved the purchase of property in the Northgate area for the creation of a new park. The city is dropping $260,000 to acquire the land, which is near the corner of Boyett and Spruce.

The city currently lists nearly 50 parks in its system.

And the much-discussed city center project is being talked about again. The council approved a consultant contract with Dallas-based Randall Scott Architects for no more than $88,500.

RSA will provide site planning and cost estimating services for a site development plan, as well as a cost estimate for a new city hall.