State May Have Final Say Over Wellborn-College Station Annexation

By: Mike George & The Eagle
By: Mike George & The Eagle

While the city of College Station and residents of Wellborn squabble over College Station's abilities to annex the South Brazos County community, a Texas House Committee may have started the state's involvement in the affair.

State Representative Fred Brown of Bryan introduced House Bill 107, a bill that would require both Bryan and College Station to have to get permission from voters to annex an area outside their city limits.

House Bill 107 was heard in the Land and Resource Management Committee Tuesday and passed through unanimously the same day. Something Brown says rarely happens.

Brown, who has lived in Wellborn and has been on the College Station city Council says he filed the bill to keep College Station from annexing the community of Wellborn.

Ironically, if the bill is passed, the law would only apply to cities in Brazos County.

Fourteen people spoke in favor of the legislation, including College Station City Councilman Jess Fields.

Proponents said the bill would protect private property rights.

Jason Stuebe, assistant to the city manager, represented College Station in the hearing and spoke against the bill, saying it would restrict the city's ability to manage its growth. Bryan Deputy City Manager Joey Dunn and Scott Houston, director of legal services for the Texas Municipal League also expressed opposition.

It's unclear what affect Tuesday's action will have on College Station's proposed annexation of Wellborn. The City Council is expected to vote on annexation on April 14, which leaves little time for the bill to pass the full House and the Senate.

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