Council members had no objections to make last night’s agenda item # 25 an emergency item. The ordinance amended ordinances to increase various fees and ban fireworks and the discharge of firearms at Moss Creek Lake, as well as clarifying language in an ordinance to ban glass beverage containers in all city parks and city properties, including the Comanche Trail Golf Course. The following amended ordinances passed 6-0.
Increase in various fees at Moss Creek Lake
Ordinance: Chapter 6 of the Big Spring Code of Ordinances entitled "Cemeteries, Parks, and Recreation," Article 5 "Moss Creek Lake," Section 6-111 "Admission Regulations, Subsection B "Admission and Permit Fees"
The new admission fees increased to $5 per vehicle driven by a Howard County resident, and $20 per vehicle driven by an out-of-county resident. The previous rate had been $3 per vehicle, and $0.50 per additional person, not to exceed $5.
Camilla Strande, Council Member for District 5, stated that she was initially concerned that the new rate may have been too much for out-of-town visitors, but after comparing the new Moss Creek Lake rate to that of Buffalo Spring Lake outside of Lubbock, TX she found that the new charge was, indeed, still favorable. She noted that Buffalo Spring Lake charged per person at rates of $11 per adult and $6 per child, charge per person not vehicle.
The amended ordinance also shows that Launching Permits for Registered Vessels increased from $2.00 to $10.00.
It was noted during the meeting that fees charged are to assist in maintenance costs. Strande pointed out that a great deal of maintenance is required to accommodate the influx of people using Moss Creek Lake.
Fireworks and Discharging of Firearms BANNED at Moss Creek Lake
Ordinance: Chapter 6 of the Big Spring Code of Ordinances entitled "Cemeteries, Parks, and Recreation," Article 5 "Moss Creek Lake," Section 6-117 "Discharge of Firearms and Hunting"
(It should be noted that Section 6-117 was renamed to "Hunting, Discharge of Firearms, and Fireworks Prohibited" in order to clarify the heading and ban the discharge of fireworks at Moss Creek Lake.)
The discharge of firearms or fireworks of any kind within the Moss Creek Lake facility or on the lake property is strictly prohibited. The ban took effect immediately.
During the meeting, Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson advised that the fire danger at this time is very high, even with the recent rainfall.
Glass Beverage Containers Banned in City Parks and Public Properties
Ordinance: Chapter 2 of the Big Spring Code of Ordinances entitled "Alcoholic Beverages," Section 2-9 "Banning of Glass Beverage Containers in All City Parks and Public Properties
Language was clarified in the above mentioned ordinance to show that it is unlawful for any person to possess or use any glass beverage container in any city park or any city property within the corporate limits of the City of Big Spring, to include Moss Creek Lake Park and the Comanche Trail Golf Course.
The full agenda from the Big Spring City Council meeting on 06/23/2020 can be viewed here: