Announcements, Presentations, and Public Hearings
Mayor Shannon Thomason accepted the gift from the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. The gift was a grant in an amount not to exceed $50,000 to pay off past due water bills for certain water customers in certain amounts. (To read more about the grant, visit: https://kbestmedia.com/kbest-station-updates/513228 )
City Manager’s Report
Board Applications still needed for:
- Engineer or Architect Board Member for Board of Adjustments & Appeals
- Alternate for Zoning Board of Adjustments
- Animal Control & Rescue Committee (5 members needed)
- Convention and Visitors Bureau Board
- Parks Recreation Board (2 members needed)
- Citizens Advisory Board (as needed)
Russ McEwen Aquatic Center Update: Facility reopened on 06/16/2020. Serves 250 customers on average. Facility is open Tuesday - Sunday, 1-7 PM. Hope to have Splash Pad ready to go in July 2020.
Comanche Trail Lake Update: Recently stocked with 3,500 Florida Strain Largemouth Bass on June 10, 2020 and will also be receiving fish attractor structures within the coming months because of a partnership between the Big Spring Area Community Foundation and the Hayes Stripling Jr Fund.
Clean Up of Burnt Structures: Two lots / burnt structures have been cleaned up recently, one was on Lindberg St. and the other on Cardinal St, for a cost of $11,000. The budget for this project is $50,000 to get it off the ground. Clean up has begun on Dixie St. with two local contractors bidding on the project.
Ports-to-Plains Feasibility Study- I-27: On June 15, 2020, Congressmen Jodey Arrington and Henry Cuellar introduced the Ports-to-Plains Highway Act on 2020 House Resolution 7151. The bi-partisan bill is an effort to designate the remainder of the I-27 Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor a federal highway. This action is necessary to be eligible for federal funding for the $23.5 billion project that stretches from New Mexico to Laredo. In 1988, the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor was designated as a High Priority Corridor by Congress. The Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor includes a direct route through Big Spring and a Midland Loop.
HB 1079 Important Dates
- June 30, 2020: Segment Committees’ report to Advisory Committee
- October 31, 2020: Advisory Committee submits recommendations to TxDOT
- January 1, 2021: TxDOT submits report to Governor and Texas Legislature.
Update on Reliever Route: TxDOT will open the reliever route to traffic on the northern section within weeks. No definitive date as of yet. Date for the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony had not been determined.
Consent Items and Vouchers - all pass with vote of 6-0, Hartman absent from meeting
Bids: Bid awarded for Wastewater Treatment Plant Clarifier and Trickling Filter Construction Contract to Dorado Construction Group for the total contract amount of $1,245,520.64.
New Business Items
Update on U.S. Census for 2020: Amber Pedigo with the US Census advised that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress has approved that the Census continue through October 31, 2020. At this time, Howard County has a 47.4 percent self-response rate for the current census. In 2010 the final response rate was 60.6 percent.
Howard County Appraisal District presented the proposed 2021 Budget: Lisa Reyna, HCAD Chief Appraiser advised that budget had decreased from 2020. The total amount of the budget that is billed to the entities is $1,083,901.50. This is a 16.54% decrease over the prior year budget.
Emergency Item* #25: 6-0 approval on ordinance amending 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. Amendments effective immediately. (Council members unanimously consented to make this item an emergency item. For more on this story, visit: https://kbestmedia.com/kbest-station-updates/515003 )