A lack of a quorum resulted in no action being taken at last night’s Big Spring City Council meeting. Instead, Councilmembers Nick Ornelas, District 1, Gloria McDonald, District 4, and Mayor Shannon Thomason listened to public comments encouraging the city council to not seek raises in rent for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and the local United Way organizations. Councilmembers were also asked to not take action on item #32 which concerned making amendments to the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation without having council representation from Districts 5 and 6.
Councilmembers were also asked to not take action on item #32 which concerned making amendments to the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation without having council representation from Districts 5 and 6.
In addition to public comments, City Manager Todd Darden reported to councilmembers that 25,000 lbs of trash was collected during the large / bulk item pickup for District 1. He also stated that the e-waste collection from this past weekend was also successful.
Big Spring City Council will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 2021 for a special meeting in order to address the rest of the items on the agenda.
At approximately 8:45 PM on Sunday night, Jan. 24, 2021, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the playground equipment of the City Park in Coahoma.
The fire was quickly extinguished by responders and no injuries were reported.
The stench of burning and melting plastic blanketed the North side of Coahoma. This was replaced by the anger and frustration of the residents. The most common question centered around who would destroy the playground equipment that so many kids in Coahoma play on.
It was announced that a reward will be offered to the person that provides information that leads to the identification of the culprit(s) of this crime.
According to HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper, there are no details about the cause at this point and the case is under investigation by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department.
A regular meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court will be held this afternoon, beginning at 3:30 PM in the 3rd floor Courtroom at the Howard County Courthouse, located at 300 S. Main in Big Spring.
In addition to routine items on today’s agenda, Commissioners will have discussion and possible action on a redemption deed, and an early pay order. They will also consider awarding bids to erect and install a 400’ Guy tower that will be located on South Mountain, an item that had been tabled from last week’s special meeting.
Citizens are able to register to make public comments at the beginning of the meeting by attending in person or watching a live stream through the Howard County Info Tech Facebook page. You can find a link for that meeting this afternoon on our KBest Media Facebook page.
On Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2021, Big Spring High School senior Alex Leuschner signed his letter of intent to play golf for Weatherford College in the fall. Leuschner told KBest News that he’d been playing golf since 7th grade but had always picked up and swung golf clubs before then.
When asked how he felt about signing his letter of intent while surrounded by his family and teammates, Leuschner said he felt great and he looked forward to bigger things coming.
Leuschner plans to take pre-business courses while at Weatherford College until he can transfer to a 4-year school to study Business Administration.
Last week, Big Spring High School’s Head Football Coach Cannon McWilliams was named as the new Athletic Director for Big Spring ISD.
“Mr. [Mike] Ritchey came to me a few weeks ago with this idea. He said that he’s done a fantastic job with being both the Athletic Director and Principal job but he wanted me to continue as the Athletic Director and I’m excited. I’m excited that he has the faith in me to do that and I’m excited to keep rolling and to keep things going in Big Spring,” said the new Athletic Director.
New AD Cannon McWilliams has coached in Big Spring since 2019 and immediately began building a culture that revolved around character development and accountability. According to Superintendent Jay McWilliams, Big Spring High School Principal and previous Athletic Director Mike Ritchey had already laid a strong foundation for success on and off the field. This now paves the way for new Athletic Director Cannon McWilliams.
“Because we have someone in place in Cannon McWilliams, that is a great leader, a great advocate for all sports, all programs, great supporter of head coaches, that will even take [the athletic program] up to the next level,” said Ritchey of Cannon McWilliams' promotion to Athletic Director for the district.
(Courtesy photo: New BSISD Athletic Director Cannon McWilliams)
Life Church in Big Spring will be hosting a course called Free Indeed. This is an 8-week study based on the book BORN TO BE FREE by Pastor Tom Vermillion.
This study is led by Pastor Craig Felty at Life Church, located at 1004 Johnson St. in Big Spring, on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm. The Winter/Spring 2021 session will begin next week and will run January 27th through March 27th. Childcare is available.
At Free Indeed You will Discover:
. God's promises of freedom and healing
. The power and authority given to every believer
. How to experience God in an intimate conversation
. A Biblical understanding of the spiritual roots of pain, failure, and broken relationships.
. How to secure God's freedom by partnering with Him through agreement in prayer & declarations from scripture
If this is something you would like to participate in SIGN UP TODAY. There are 8-10 spots still available for this study. For more information or to sign up please contact Cherise Felty at 432-213-0411.
The Big Spring Economic Development Board of Directors held a regular session
on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Some of the items up for discussion included retail opportunities in the works for the city of Big Spring and the approval of the Minutes from the December 15th, 2020 Regular Meeting.
Other items discussed were future retail opportunities for the City of Big Spring and the possibility of a grocery store in the downtown area within the next several years. With the revitalization of downtown Big Spring to continue, the need for a grocery store in that area will need to be assessed.
Road Construction has slowed down due to the weather and once the temperatures reach 50 degrees and above the asphalt will dry correctly and the road construction will pick back up.
Overall, the board members all agree that Big Spring is doing well and even outperforming our neighboring cities by around 9% in sales tax. The Big Spring Economic Development Board of Directors will meet again next month for their regular
Howard County Commissioners held a Special Meeting yesterday afternoon. During the meeting, Commissioners were set to discuss and consider awarding bids to erect and install a 400’ Guy tower that will be located on South Mountain. This item was tabled until Monday’s meeting on Jan. 25, 2021, so that Commissioners would have a chance to review the bids.
Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker presented a Memorandum of Understanding between Howard County and Midland Police Department for the use of the Howard County Airport-driving track. The item will be listed on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.
Also during the meeting, Commissioners approved the 2020 Racial Profiling Report from Sheriff Parker.
On the 21st of January 2021 at approximately 9:30 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to Barcelona Apartments (538 Westover) in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival officers were able to secure the scene finding Terrance Ali Young, Black/Male 32 years of age, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Big Spring Fire/EMS immediately entered the scene but unfortunately, Young had died as a result of his injuries. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded on scene. The preliminary investigation has found Young had been issued a Criminal Trespass Warning for the apartment earlier in the morning on the 21st and had returned to the apartment where the Criminal Trespass Warning was issued. Young continued to bang on the door at which time a neighbor exited and asked him to leave. An altercation between Young and the neighbor ensued and Young was subsequently shot by the neighbor. The suspect in this incident has cooperated with detectives, was interviewed and released pending additional investigation. The Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers Division is assisting the Big Spring Police Department. This is an ongoing criminal investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
CID Sergeant John Haynes
** UPDATE 1-21-2021 2:55 P.M. **
Abilene Mojica has been located. Detectives met with Mojica and she has assured she was not kidnapped. The missing/endangered status on Mojica is being removed. The Big Spring Police Department thanks our citizens for their assistance.
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BSPD Media Release
On the 21st of January 2021 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Mesa in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were advised that Abilene Mojica Hispanic/Female 38 YOA, had been forcefully kidnapped by Angel Hinojosa Hispanic/Male 23 YOA. Witnesses stated that Mojica was forced into a black in color, Cadillac sedan with the first three letters of the license plate possibly “KNP”. If anyone observes this vehicle, we are asking them to not approach the vehicle or anyone around it, but to immediately call the Big Spring Police Department at 432-264-2550 or their nearest law enforcement agency. A CLEAR alert is currently being sought through Department of Public Safety.
Abilene Mojica is described as a Hispanic/Female 38 years of age 5’4” 130 pounds, last seen wearing black sweat pants and a white sweat shirt with black sleeves.
The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is seeking an arrest warrant for Angel Hinojosa for kidnapping.
This incident is still being investigated by the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and no further information is available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
(Photo: Abilene Mojica)
(Photo: Angel Hinojosa)
On the 20th of January 2021 at approximately 5:00 P.M., a Big Spring Police Department Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Black Pontiac G6 passenger car in the 100 block of E. 4th. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for the officer and accelerated in an attempt to evade the officer. The vehicle continued eastbound to Birdwell then northbound on N. Birdwell then turning westbound on the south service road of IH 20. Officers continued to pursue the driver on the north side of town which came to a stop in the 100 block of NW 9th. The driver, Roberto Dutchover Perez Jr. Hispanic/Male 34 years of age was immediately arrested for Evading in a vehicle. Perez was also found to be in possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces and found to have a warrant for his arrest for Motion to Revoke Probation original charge was Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
January 18, 2021
BIG SPRING, TX: The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was presented with a check in the amount of $250,000.00 this month from the G.C. Broughton Foundation, to be used for the purchase of firefighting equipment, including a new communication system that will be compatible with other emergency organizations in Howard County.
Board member of the foundation, Jim Weaver, stated that the board has been very impressed with the volunteer fire department’s grant requests in the past, as well as their follow-up with how the granted funds have been applied. This year, the request was for $125,000.00, however, the existence of the Volunteer Fire Department is dependent upon donations, therefore the board awarded the department an additional $125,000.00 for a total of $250,000.00.
The G.C Broughton Foundation was established in 2005 and is made up of a Board of Directors in Big Spring, with Jean Broughton-Powell as President. The foundation actively contributes to 501 C3 charities and has granted six to seven million dollars in Texas to date. The recent contributions for 2020-2021 totaled $1,380,000.00, almost all of which was directed to Big Spring charities including: CASA of Big Spring, Howard College Nursing Program, Mobile Meals, Sterling County Volunteer Fire Department, Victim Services of Big Spring, West Side Community Child Care Center, and West Texas Food Bank.
HCVFD Board President Eric Barber stated that the grant will allow for the purchase of a new communication system that will be compatible with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Big Spring Fire Department, Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Road & Bridge, as well as the Texas Forest Service. “We appreciate that the G.C Broughton Foundation recognizes the importance of communication between the first responders of Howard County, and we are grateful that they are committed to providing the tools to help keep our citizens safe.”
105 students involved with 4H and FFA participated in last week’s Howard County Junior Livestock Show that was held at G.C Broughton Ag Building at Howard College. The event is an opportunity for students to highlight the work they’ve put into raising their projects, which depending on the animal, can range from 45 days to a whole year. The variety of animals shown included rabbits, lambs, goats, pigs, steers, and heifers. With only 74 sale slots in this year’s junior livestock show, several students didn’t move on to the sale portion of the show.
Cooper Chapman, a 5th grader at Forsan Elementary, had three animals that made the sale, Reserve Grand Champion Lamb, Grand Champion Goat, and Grand Champion Wether Doe. When it came time to auction the lamb, Cooper told the auctioneer that whatever money was given towards his project, he wanted to donate back to split with the kids who did not make the sale.
The auctioneer gave $500.00 and encouraged any and all buyer's who wanted to match that amount. One by one, buyers stepped up to contribute to the project and overall Cooper ended up with $5,500.00 to be given back to the exhibitors who did not make the sale.
Cooper’s mother Hayley Chapman told KBest News that Cooper had felt that the past year had been rough on everyone and he didn’t want first-year students to be discouraged if they didn’t make it to sale.
(Contributed Photo: Cooper Chapman, center, stands with buyers who contributed to the $5,500 for the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb.)
The Big Spring Economic Development Corporation will meet for a regular meeting this evening at 5:15 PM in the EDC Board Room, located at 215 W. Third St. in Big Spring. Board members will be taking action to approve the December Investment Report and Financials, and have discussion and action to approve a contract between the BSEDC and South Plains Rural Health Services, Inc. and Howard County Community Health Center.
Also, the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet this evening at 5:30 PM at the Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th Street in Big Spring. Tonight’s agenda includes: discussion and possible action on proposed amendments to the City’s Zoning Regulations, including the following: Manufactured Homes, Mobile Homes, and RV’s; Carports and Accessory Buildings; Short Term Rental; and Screening, Parking, and Parking in the City ROW.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is announcing the closure of the Texas State Capitol and Capitol Grounds out of an abundance of caution Saturday, January 16 – Wednesday, January 20.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety is aware of armed protests planned at the Texas State Capitol this week and violent extremists who may seek to exploit constitutionally protected events to conduct criminal acts,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “As a result, DPS has deployed additional personnel and resources to the Capitol and are working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Austin Police Department to monitor events and enforce the rule of law.”
People are encouraged to immediately report any suspicious activity they see on the internet or in public to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Austin Police Department or DPS at www.iWatchtx.org.
From the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Jan. 16, 2021:
(BOP) - For the majority of the past twelve months, the BOP has been operating under a modified operational model to promote social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We recognize that this pandemic has placed a heavy burden on inmates and their families in terms of limited movement and the public's restrictions in being able to freely visit with loved ones. However, in light of current events occurring around the country, and out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to secure all institutions. This measure is being taken to maintain the security and orderly running of our institutions, as well as to ensure the continued safety of staff, inmates, and the public.
In securing the facilities, the hope is that this prudent measure is for a short period and that operations will be restored to their prior status as soon as practical. We will continue to monitor events carefully and will adjust operations accordingly as the situation continues to evolve. Recognizing that communication with families is important, although it will be limited, inmates will be provided with access to telephones and email.
There is no specific information that triggered this decision. This action is precautionary, and is not in response to any significant events occurring inside our facilities. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and assistance during this period and encourage the public to monitor this website for updated information on visiting schedules and institution operations.
BIG SPRING, TX — VA health care turns 75 this year—and West Texas VA Health Care system, (WTVAHCS), is inviting Veterans to celebrate with them.
The Health Care System is comprised of George H O’Brien Jr. VA Medical Center in Big Spring, TX, and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Abilene, TX, San Angelo, Tx, Odessa, TX, Fort Stockton, TX and Hobbs, NM.
In 1946, in order to deliver high-quality health care to 16 million World War Two Veterans, VA established the Department of Medicine and Surgery—which later became today’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
For 75 years, Veterans have trusted VHA to meet their unique health care needs. VA’s world-class health care professionals and researchers have worked together to make sure that VA health care keeps up with the changing nature of service-related injuries and illnesses.
George H O’Brien Jr. VA Medical Center opened its doors and admitted its first patient, James A. Waters, a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps July 15, 1950. Here, you can take advantage of a range of services including ophthalmology, audiology, occupational and physical therapy, and a host of other services.
For Veterans who live too far to regularly visit or who wish to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, WTVAHCS and the five CBOCs offer telehealth services including video and telephone appointments.
The staff of the WTVAHCS is honored to share in VA’s 75-year legacy of service to America’s Veterans. We look forward to serving Veterans for the next 75 years and beyond. We’re proud to represent the future of your care.
This week kids from across Howard County came together to present their livestock project in the 2021 Howard County Junior Livestock Show. The show was held at G.C Broughton Ag Building at Howard College and kids participated in showing rabbits, lambs, goats, pigs, steers, and heifers. Each of these students have dedicated valuable time into raising their project and working with them to present them to the judges this week and to also prepare them for the major stock shows starting next month.
Several winners were selected in each animal class from grand champion to 7 th place. The grand champion drive was held at the end of each livestock show where they announced the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the show. The Howard County Livestock will conclude their county show with the buyer’s lunch held Saturday at 11:00 am at Coahoma ISD Cafeteria and the auction will follow in the Coahoma gym.
The Howard County 4H members and parents encourage everyone to come and support the youth in their projects and appreciate the investment everyone has donated to this year’s Howard County Junior Livestock Show.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion
Grand Champion: Jackson Allen
Reserve Grand Champion: Brody Wright
Grand Champion: Brelyn Tubb
Reserve Grand Champion: Cooper Chapman
Grand Champion: Cooper Chapman
Reserve Grand Champion: Kolt Redden
Grand Champion: Cooper Chapman
Reserve Grand Champion: Kolt Redden
Grand Champion: Julia Cox
Reserve Grand Champion: Madlyn Nichols
Grand Champion: Aubree Blissard
Reserve Grand Champion: Seth Brooks
CONSENT ITEMS – all approved, 5-0
VOUCHERS – all approved, 5-0
Bid for Lease Financing Package awarded to Key Government Finance, Inc. for an interest rate of 1.320% and authorize Mayor to execute any necessary documents. – approved 5-0
Bid for a Risk and Resilience Study for America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) to Freese and Nichols and authorize the City Manager to execute any necessary documents. This is budgeted for $100,000. – approved 5-0.
Council acknowledged receipt of the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors’ minutes of the regular meeting on 11/17/2020. According to Mark Willis, Executive Director of the BSEDC, there is an investment group that is looking to purchase the mall on FM 700.
Minutes from Big Spring City Council meeting from June 29,2020 were amended to record a vote from that meeting.
Big Spring Fire Department accepted a gift of $1,000 for drinking water from Pioneer Natural Resources, and a $1,500 gift from Gunsight Mountain for EMS equipment use were both accepted by councilmembers. – approved 5-0
Councilmembers acknowledge the receipt of the City Attorney’s Written Quarterly Report on litigation and claims against the city.
Mayor signed letter on behalf of the City of Big Spring in support of the nomination for the Petroleum Building with the National Register of Historical places. – approved 5-0
City is interested selling approximately 40 acres of property in an area of the SW corner of Parkway and Willard. – approved 5-0
Mayor authorized to negotiate, conclude, and execute a Right- Of-Way agreement with Occidental Petroleum Corporation – approved 5-0
First reading of an ordinance calling for a General Election on May 1, 2021 for purpose of electing City Council members for Districts 2, 4, and 6-all of whom shall be elected by majority vote of qualified voters in respective districts.
First reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 2 of the Big Spring City Code entitled “Administration,” Article VIII “Boards and Commissions,” Division 2 “Airpark Development Board” Section 2-255 “Organization and Membership” in order to correct inconsistencies in the ordinance and to clarify the nature of the Airpark Safety Subcommittee – approved 5-0
Interlocal agreement with South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) and authorizing Mayor to execute any necessary documents – approved 5-0
An amendment to the agreement with Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, Inc. for engineering services for Birdwell Lift Station Project was approved by councilmembers – approved 5-0
Settlement negotiated for City of Big Spring in regards to GEO Group. – approved 5-0
The U.S. Attorneys representing the four districts in Texas have announced their intent to prosecute any crimes committed at the State Capitol or elsewhere in violation of federal law ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration.
“During this time of polarized political discord, freedom of speech is an important right that must be safeguarded, but those who threaten to harm others, commit acts of violence, destroy property or attack law enforcement must be held accountable for their criminal behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer. “Now, more than ever, we must respect the rule of law. The Texas United States Attorneys’ Offices along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will pursue federal charges against those who refuse to do so.”
U.S. Attorney Sofer joins his counterparts – U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah and U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox of the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, respectively – to warn those planning to cross state lines to commit crimes in Texas or at the State Capitol that justice will be sought.
As the chief law enforcement officers in each of the federal districts, the U.S. Attorneys will be working with federal, state and local law enforcement throughout the state to aggressively identify individuals who violate federal law. The plan is to ensure that, where appropriate, anyone arrested for committing federal crimes related to protests or similar events on or about Inauguration Day will be processed and held in federal custody pending further criminal proceedings.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia (DC) is prosecuting those individuals identified as allegedly committing crimes during the riots last week at the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Attorneys in Texas have been and will continue to work with Department of Justice (DOJ) officials and necessary law enforcement in those prosecutions.
The City of Big Spring will have a Special Election on Mar. 6, 2021 to fill the unexpired terms for Councilmembers for District 5 and District 6.
Candidates for District 5 are Daniel Moreno and Troy Thompkins. Candidates for District 6 are Casey W. Pledger and Maury Smith.
Early voting will begin on Feb. 17 and end on Mar. 2 at the Howard county Courthouse on the first floor. Be advised that the same health protocols will be in place as there were with the November 2020 election.
It should be noted that on Election Day, March 6, 2021, there will only be one location for both districts 5 and 6 to cast their vote. This will be at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in the East Room.
Only those registered in districts 5 and 6 are eligible to vote for their council member.
KBST 95.7 - also known as KBest Country 95.7 - has made the finals for the award of "Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market" with the Texas Regional Radio Music Association. Over the years, the Big Spring radio station has earned a reputation of being a reliable source of news and entertainment - both on-air and online. This has held true in the past with contests such as their KBest Christmas Lights Contest; severe weather updates such as the recent winter storm that left motorists stranded for hours on icy roadways on New Year’s Eve; and with local news updates on major events.
Mark Richardson, Operations Manager for the KBest Media Radio group, told KBest News that this was a huge honor for KBest Media.
“It excites me that our staff and our program are being recognized for being the best that we can be, and for being absolutely one of the best Country stations as well as media groups in the entire state of Texas,” said Richardson.
Local On-Air Personality Kris Moore with KBest Media has moved on to the finals in the TRRMA nominations for "On Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market".
Voting is open to TRRMA members. It’s easy to sign up online and it’s free. Once registered, you can submit your vote. The deadline to cast your vote is Jan. 25, 2021.
The TRRMA Awards Show is developed to recognize Texas/Red Dirt artists, songwriters, radio stations, and other industry standouts for their achievements throughout the year, and we invite you to cast your vote.
This year’s 11th Annual Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Show will be held March 21-22, 2021 in Arlington.
Here's how to vote!
1.) Visit https://trrma.net and hover on the "Membership" tab, then click "Sign-Up".
2.) Fill out the information to sign up for a FREE membership with Texas Regional Radio Music Association. This will allow you to cast your vote at https://trrma.net/VOTE/BALLOTS/
3.) Complete the ballot and submit your votes!!
If you already have a membership, follow step one and click on the blue link at the top of the page, then complete your ballot. It's that easy!!
Monday, January 18, 2021, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A day that celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.This federal holiday is observed every third Monday of January. It is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Big Spring has hosted the MLK, Jr. Commemorative March for nearly two decades, but this year it was announced that the march would be postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
In a Facebook post from Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Rev. Michael D. Smith, Senior Pastor, stated that although they will not be able to march in-person, they still wanted the message and power of this significant holiday to continue online by everyone sharing personal MLK moments from the past on Social Platforms of your choice.
He also stated, “We look forward to a time when this historical event can again be observed safely lest we forget from whence we’ve come, and that we are better together."
(Photo: MLK, Jr. Commemorative March hosted by Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in 2018)
PRESENTATIONS, RECOGNITIONS, AND PROCLAMATIONS -
The family of the late Robert Diaz was presented with a plaque recognizing Robert’s 26 years of service to the City of Big Spring during Tuesday night’s Big Spring City Council meeting.
Other City of Big Spring employees recognized with 25 years of service are as follows from the Big Spring Fire Department:
Battalion Chief Steve Bedell
Lt. Ron Phillips
Fire Marshall Dan Hendrickson
Lt. Brian Gordon with the Big Spring Police Department and Mr. Michael Coffman.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT -
During the City Manager’s report, it was stated that the City had mailed out flyers to notify water customers about the Large/ Bulk Item Pickup program. In 2020, a total of 518,940 pounds of trash was collected throughout the City of Big Spring in all 6 districts. The project saved citizens $11,935.62 of tipping fees from the local landfill.
There will be a Free Residential Electronic Recycling offered to the citizens of Big Spring on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2021, from 8 AM to 1 PM or until the truck fills. Items that can be disposed of during this time will be computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, electronics and gaming equipment, and networking and computer data center equipment, among other things. For more information, contact 817-300-6958.
CARES grant Update – City has received $376,422.13 from the Texas Department of Emergency Management. This money was authorized to spend in 6 major categories of expenditures. The first 3 categories are Tier 1 expenditures that involve medical supplies, public health expenses, PPE, public health related to disinfectant, hand sanitizer, etc. Tier 2 includes any type economic assistance, includes enabling telework, any type of community block grants, and continuity of government services.
75 percent of funds must go to Tier 1 expenditures, and the remaining 25 percent could go to Tier 1 or Tier 2. The self-payment kiosk, software to make it work, and the code enforcement software that was discussed at the last meeting are all items that fall under the CARES grant.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update – FFCRA requires employers to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave for employees who were quarantined or diagnosed with COVID-19. This expired on December 31, 2020. The City of Big Spring has taken steps to allow employees to use leave from the Sick Pool in the event that an employee does not have sufficient leave to cover time off work due to being quarantined or diagnosed with COVID-19.
911 Address Update – Residents and business owners are encouraged to properly mark their addresses so that they are easily seen by first responders so they can respond quickly in emergency situations. This is done with 6- inch letters or numbers with a permanent type of marker, and it must be shown twice on property.
Big Spring CVB received 2020 Convention South Readers’ Choice Award
Big Spring City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in observance of MLK Day.
1,600 vaccinations have been dispersed in Howard County as of Tuesday. These were dispersed to those in Tier 1A, which consisted of first responders and healthcare workers.
According to Dr. Steve Ahmed, Medical Advisor for the City of Big Spring, as of Monday, there are 23 million cases, 380,000 deaths. Texas ranks number 2 in the union with 2 million cases and 31,000 deaths. Vaccines are out, but distribution is a challenge. Dr. Ahmed advised that if you get the Pfizer vaccine, the 2nd dose must be a Pfizer vaccine within 21 days, with a 4-day grace period. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, the 2nd dose must be 4 weeks apart with a grace period of 4 days.
Vaccinations are in limited supply and distribution is based on population. The City of Big Spring is following protocol and will continue to follow protocol in that distribution.
According to Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson, this week their plan is to move on to Tier 1B, which are People 65 years of age and older and People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Charter Review Special Committee of the City of Big Spring, will meet this evening at 5:30 pm at the City Council Chambers Located at 307 East 4th Street, Big Spring.
The scope of this committee is to review the Charter for the City of Big Spring and to recommend changes to the Charter to the City Council for possible submission to the qualified electors of the City of Big Spring.
Tonight, they’ll be discussing Charter Law, and they’ll also have discussion and possible action with Regards to Recommending Amendments to the City Charter.
The public to attend the meeting via telecommunication. Citizens will be able to view the Charter Review Special Committee Meeting on Our Local Channel 17 through Suddenlink, the city website, or through our KBest Media Facebook page.