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The Big Spring City Council held a meeting Tuesday evening, and here are the highlights:

In December, Requests for qualifications (also known as RFQs) were sought by the City of Big Spring for street engineering in conjunction with the TIGER grant and roads connecting the Airpark Industrial/Airport to the 87 Reliever Route. According to Johnny Womack, Big Spring Public Works Director, the City had 5 requests returned and after reviewing applications, a committee of Airpark and City staff had selected Freese and Nichols for approval by the Big Spring City Council. It was noted that a bid amount had not been announced and the fees would be negotiated later by the City Manager or his designee.

Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6 representative, had reservations about how much this would cost the city and from where the money would come. He also noted that the City Council agendas should list more information on order to provide transparency about items that will be discussed in the meetings.

Freese and Nichols was approved by the Big Spring City Council with a vote of 5-2, with Councilman DePauw and then Councilwoman Carmen Harbour voting against it.

Yesterday’s meeting was also the last for Carmen Harbour, and the first for new District 2 Representative Douglas Hartman.

Harbour was presented with a plaque by City Manager Todd Darden on behalf of the City for her service as Councilwoman. Harbour told KBest News that she is ready to retire with her husband, but she is a little melancholy to complete her term because she enjoyed working with everyone and helping people. Harbour served as District 2 Representative for 2 consecutive terms, a total of 6 years.

Doug Hartman was sworn in as Big Spring City Council District 2 Representative, along with Howard Stewart, District 4 Representative, and Jim DePauw, District 6 Representative. Hartman stated that he looks forward to helping his constituents and working with the other Council members to make Big Spring the best that they can.

Howard County Teen Court was approved to be re-established. Teen Court is an alternative to the adult criminal justice system. The Teen Court offers teen offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community services thus avoiding fines and sentences handed down by an adult criminal justice system.

The program also serves in an educational aspect because it showcases how the justice system works and has the potential to encourage students to pursue a career in law.

During the Council Input portion of the meeting, Mayor Larry McLellan advised the City Council Members that there is a scholarship fund that has been set up in Tommy Sullivan's name at Howard College. It will be a $500/ year grant for EMT/Fire Service training. This is an endowment that can continue for years to come and several fundraisers are in progress to help fund this memorial. Donations can be submitted to Howard College, Tommy Sullivan Scholarship Fund in care of Julie Bailey.

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