Still No Word on Bryan Business Council's Future

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It had the potential to be a very eventful Bryan city council meeting, but what ended up speaking volumes was the lack of speaking on two of Bryan's hottest topics.

Despite reports of a contingent of residents showing up to protest the incoming Hooters restaurant, when the time came around Tuesday for citizens to be heard, not a peep was made, about Hooters or anything else.

Hooters representatives say they hope the restaurant will be open by football season. Known as much for its wings as it is for scanily-clad waitresses, the chain has more than 400 locations in 46 states according to its website.

That silence in the "hear citizens" portion of the meeting was matched by a lack of action by Bryan's representatives on the currently inactive Bryan Business Council.

Since the March resignations of four of the seven board members, discussions have been on-going in executive session concerning the make-up and the mission of the council, which helps lure and place retail development in Bryan.

"We asked the staff and city manager to take a broad look at options and all kind of directions, what all the possibilities were," said Bryan City Councilman Mark Conlee, who is the council's liason to the BBC. "We had a good discussion tonight and narrowed that down to a much narrower focus."

Conlee added that by the next council meeting in two weeks, action could be taken on the BBC.

Longtime BBC member Louis Newman, former Bryan Councilman Mitch Morehead and local businessman John Godfrey left their posts. BBC Chairman Dick Perkins also stepped down. With just three current members of the council, a quorum cannot be achieved, meaning the group cannot meet.

With few public hearings and no other agenda items up for major discussion in this particular council meeting, the council did end up acting on a fire station.

BRW Architects, the same firm that designed College Station's Fire Station No. 5, will now design Bryan's. Council approved a $200,000 agreement for design elements.

"Once it's constructed and operational, it'll be the first time that people living west of the railroad tracks have uninterrupted fire service," said Ben Hardeman, who represents residents on the west side of town who will benefit from the new station.

The cost of construction is estimated at $3 million.