During Tuesday night’s regular session of the Big Spring City Council, Council members voted 7-0 to table the final reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 32 of the Big Spring City Code that would assess an additional twenty percent penalty to defray costs of collecting delinquent property taxes that remain delinquent on July 1 of the year in which they become delinquent.
During discussion, it was stated that this has been the amount that had been agreed upon in the past and has just been carried over each year. City Attorney Andrew Hagen advised the council the current contract is set to automatically renew on October 1, 2020, but did note that council members hadn’t pursued their options yet. Ultimately, council members agreed to speak with a representative from a law firm that collects delinquent property taxes for local governments so they could ask questions to learn about the options they have available to them at this time.
All other consent items, vouchers, and bids were approved with a unanimous vote.
During New Business items, a discussion was held on amending the Big Spring Code of Ordinances to allow for the operation of golf carts, neighborhood electric vehicles, and off-highway vehicles on streets and roads in the City of Big Spring in accordance with HB 1548 as enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature.
Council members also unanimously voted to table the authorization of the City Manager or his Designee to negotiate without contracting authority a Right-of-Way License or Easement within the City of Big Spring to Sinclair Oil or to another Party, with such negotiating authority to expire after 180 Days. Council members agreed to invite a representative from Sinclair Oil to speak at a City Council meeting so that the public would have an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns on the topic.
The item concerning a possible action of agreement with Cap-Rock Holdings, LLC was not removed from the table during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The following people were appointed to the following boards and committees:
- Board of Adjustments & Appeals - Walter Brumley, Jr. (Electrician) was re-appointed for a full term. Another opening for an engineer is still available.
- Convention & Visitors Bureau Board - Jay Patel was reappointed to the Hotel Industry position. Gloria Pierce was reappointed to an At Large position, and Susan McLellan was newly appointed to an At Large position on the board. All were appointed for full terms. No other openings are available at this time.
- McMahon/Wrinkle Airpark Development Board - Willie Rangle, Jr. and Phillip Welch were both reappointed to the board, and Rodney Patridge and JD Smith were newly appointed. Rangel, Welch, and Patridge were appointed for full terms; Smith was appointed to an unexpired term.
- Parks & Recreation Board - Johnny DeLeon was reappointed to serve on this board, and Patsy Garza was newly appointed. Both received full terms. There is still (1) vacant position for an unexpired term on the board.
- Planning & Zoning Commission - Kelly Owens and Kevan Schooler were reappointed to the board for full terms. There are no other vacancies for this board at this time.
- Traffic Commission - Charles Smith and Diana Yanez were reappointed for full terms. There is (1) unexpired term still vacant on this board.
- Zoning Board of Adjustments - Joe Lopez and Thomas Jesse Stewart were newly appointed for full terms to this board. There is still (1) unexpired alternate position on this board that is still available.
All other items listed in New Business were unanimously approved.
While discussing “Personnel Matters,” Council members offered City Manager Todd Darden, City Attorney Andrew Hagen, and Municipal Judge Timothy Green the option to hold their evaluations in open or closed sessions. Darden opted to have his completed in an open session, and was later dismissed immediately with a 4-3 vote.
Hagen and Judge Green opted to have their evaluations completed in closed sessions. When the meeting was reconvened in open session, councilmembers took no action regarding Hagen nor Judge Green.
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