During last night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, Cpl. Michael Calley of the Big Spring Police Department was recognized as the December Star Employee for going above and beyond normal duties as an officer when he was photographed changing a tire for a citizen stranded on the side of the road.
The Big Spring Fire Department was also recognized for earning the 2018 Texas EMS Provider of Year at the Texas Emergency Medical Services Conference that was held in Ft. Worth earlier this year.
Local hotel owners of Big Spring donated $10,650 to the Howard County Sheriff's Office and the Big Spring PD for the purchase of bullet resistant vests.
SM Energy donated $12,500 to the Big Spring Fire Dept. for their 2nd set of Jaws of Life. It was also noted that the BSFD received a donation from TransGlobal Company for $2,500 for the purchase of additional equipment for the pumper truck that the department will soon obtain.
The bid for a utility services on-demand contractor to Boler Equipment Services, Inc. of Midland was awarded for up to $400,000 for emergency services only. The contract is for 1 year with an option to renew or terminate at the end of the year, and the city has the ability to terminate the contract within 30 days of notice if services are not up to standards. The bid passed 5-1 with Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6, voting against because he felt that there was a lack of transparency in the bidding.
Big Spring CVB was approved to donate use of the Roy Anderson Sports Complex to assist BSISD to assist in hosting a Women's Softball Tournament from 2/28/18 - 3/2/19 in lieu of rental.
Kevin King and Phil Whitten were noted to have placed applications to become appointed to the 911 Board of Managers. After a split vote between King and Whitten, a coin toss was used to determine that Whitten would be the candidate appointed to the board, and Debra Wallace would be reinstated to serve another term.