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During this evening's Big Spring City Council Meeting, it was noted that the Big Spring Fire/EMS department received a $10,000 donation Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy). BSFD Fire Chief Craig Ferguson advised the City Council members that the money would be used to purchase EMS equipment and to obtain additional training for staff members.

Oxy also donated $25,000 to the Spring Project Phase II; and it was announced that a $10,000 donation was received from the Wayne and JoAnn Moore Charitable Foundation, as well as a $2,500 Oncor Electric Delivery Company. According to Debbie Wegman, Big Spring Community Services Director, there has been a total of $280,000 that has been received through grants and donations for Phase II of the Spring Project, and she noted that she will continue to seek funds.

It should also be noted that a bid for the roof repairs of the Dora Roberts Community Center was awarded to Prime Source Construction for $16,900.

During the City Manager's Report, Todd Darden advised that the city offices will be closed on January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that the MLK Commemorative Walk will begin at 6 PM at the corners of Gregg Street & Martin Luther King Blvd at Subway and will move west down Gregg until 7 PM.
Darden also noted that since December 28th there had been 90 water main breaks and recognized the utility workers that have been working around the clock. He also stated that he appreciated the public for being patient while the city worked to replace pipes. Fire, Police, and EMS were also recognized for their work during the past couple of weeks.

When asked what attributed to the many water main breaks, Darden advised that it was due to the perfect combination of weather, moisture, and ground movement. He also assured that City Council member Carmen Harbour that the water lines were being replaced and not patched.

PHOTO - Webelos with Cub Scout Pack 305, sponsored by First Nazarene Church, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge at tonight's Big Spring City Council Meeting.


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