Bryan, Texas

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Bryan Texas is a city in Brazos County Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 76,201. It is the county seat of Brazos County and is located in the heart of the Brazos Valley (Southeast Central Texas). It shares its border with the city of College Station, which lies to its south. Together they are referred to as the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area, the sixteenth largest Metropolitan area in Texas containing around 190,000 people.

The city is centrally located, approximately equidistant from three of the 10 largest cities in the United States. It is 92 miles north-northwest of Houston, 166 miles northeast of San Antonio and 169 miles south of Dallas. It is 104 miles east of Austin, the state capital of Texas. 75% of the Texas and Louisiana populations (13.1 million people) live within 3.5 driving hours of Bryan.

Evaluating the Website

In 2011, the Bryan earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This site was most recently evaluated on 15 Jan 2012.

The good

  • The current budget is published.[1]
  • City council meeting minutes and agendas[2][3] are published.
  • The website for Bryan Texas includes the names of all city council members.[4][5]
  • Building permits and zoning ordinances available.[6][7]
  • Audits are published.[8]
  • Contract information is posted.[9]
  • There is a procedure for requesting public records and public records information is posted.[10]
  • Tax information is available.[11]

The bad

  • There is no information on lobbying
  • Direct contact information for the elected officials is not available. There is a general email address for the council office, but no direct email to council members. The telephone number provided for each council member is a city telephone line.


Government

Elected Officials

The City of Bryan Charter stipulates that the council/manager form of government be utilized. The seven-member city council consists of a mayor and six councilmembers, with one councilmember elected at-large and the other five elected from single-member districts. The mayor and councilmembers are elected for alternating three-year terms with six-year term limits. The role of the City Council is to enact ordinances and resolutions, adopt regulations, and set policy direction for the conduct of the affairs of the city.[12]

Name Office District Term
Jason Bienski Mayor At Large May 2010 - Present
Richard M. Cortez, Sr. Councilmember District 1 May 2010 - Present
Paul Madison, Sr. Councilmember District 2 June 2006 - Present
Chuck Konderla Councilmember District 3 May 2010 - Present
Ann M. Horton Councilmember District 4 June 2007 - Present
Art Hughes Councilmember District 5 May 2009 - Present
Mike Southerland Councilmember At Large, Place 6 May 2006 - Present

Administration and Public Employees

The City Council, by majority vote, appoints the City Manager, City Secretary, City Attorney, Municipal Court Judge, and City Internal Auditor. The City Manager is then responsible and accountable for the routine administration and direction of the municipal organization. The city offers a full array of municipal services through a workforce of approximately 800 employees and a budget of $228 million. Examples of services are Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Planning, Inspections, Parks and Recreation, Library, Utilities, Accounting, Human Resources, Purchasing, Risk Management, Municipal Court, Fleet, Legal and Information Technology.[12]

The City Manager's office is the legislatively-appointed administrative branch of the Bryan city government. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City, the City Manager is responsible for many areas of service, including such things as supervising each Departmental Director, serving as the chief advisor to the City Council, entering the City into service and supply contracts, and disbursing funds from the City budget. The City Manager serves at the will of the Council and is the only City employee under contract.

The Administrative team consists of the City Manager, Deputy City Manager-Support Services, Deputy City Manager-Community Services, and three Executive Services Assistants. Administration works with the Council, City staff, and citizens to establish Council policies, legislation, employee policies and long-range goals and objectives. Continually working with the City's other departments, staff members in Executive Services must have both a broad conceptual understanding as well as detailed grasp of specific City operations and service delivery strategies.

Through the promotion of teamwork and employee development, the City Manager's Administrative team is responsible for coordinating the cumulative efforts of the other City departments. This coordination serves the purposes of enhancing productivity and maximum utilization of City resources.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

Bryan pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association. Main article: Texas Municipal League members list, B

External links

References

  1. Financial Documents
  2. Agendas
  3. Minutes
  4. City Council
  5. Contact Info
  6. Permits
  7. Ordinances & Guidelines
  8. Financial Documents
  9. Purchasing Dept
  10. Public Records
  11. Tax Rate
  12. 12.0 12.1 Council and Mayor