Hayley Herrera was recognized for completing all coursework toward her Certified Tourism Executive (CTE) designation from Travel & Tourism College, a program of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA). Part of her coursework included her capstone project which was the creating the a 40 page magazine which highlights the important sites and information regarding things to do and places to see in Big Spring. Since it waspublished a few months ago, there have been thousands of copies that have been distributed throughout the state and beyond.
Bank depository bid awarded to local bank BBVB Compass Bank. It was noted that 15 invitations for bids were sent out to financial institutions with physical locations within Big Spring, but no other bids received.
Bid for street sweeper awarded to Heil of Texas for $230,800. The street sweeper will be financed for 5 years, and the money for the street sweeper is available through the lease agreement budget. By purchasing the new street sweeper, the city will ultimately save money by replacing a 10-year old street sweeper instead of continuously paying for repairs.
Terry McDaniel was voted Mayor Pro Tem.
The Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course was a large part of tonight's meeting.
A 30HP pump will be replaced with the goal to provide additional water to supplement the retention pond to more effectively irrigate the golf course. The approximate cost of the project is $12,713.
A golf course #14 and #16 cart path maintenance was approved not only for aesthetic appeal but also for cart safety and course fairway protection. Over the last few budget cycles, the Golf Course Department has been budgeting funds for these types of maintenance costs, and there are only two remaining cart paths that are in need of major repair. The work will be done in-house, with the only cost being for materials. The estimated cost of the project for both paths is $29,725.50.
City Manager Todd Darden initiated the discussion regarding future golf course projects. It was noted by a majority of the city councilmembers that the current state of the municipal golf course reflects poorly on the city, but noted that the projects to improve the golf course would cost lots of money and would not be an easy fix. The last time the golf course was revamped was 10 years ago. Rule enforcement for the course was also discussed.
Councilmembers Jim DePauw and Howard Stewart were re-appointed to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. DePauw had been a member of the board since 2015, and Stewart has been a member since 2017.
It was announced that Debbie Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be retiring soon. Councilmembers thanked Wegman for her service. City Manager Todd Darden stated that they would be looking for a new Executive Director in the near future.