NOTE: Doug Hartman, District 2 – not present, all other councilmembers were present for the meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENTS - None
ANNOUNCEMENTS, PRESENTATIONS, &, PUBLIC HEARINGS
Carmen Harbour, former District 2 Representative, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021. Prayers are with her family.
Mayor Shannon Thomason proclaims the month of May 2021, to be Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month in the City of Big Spring. He also proclaimed May 2 – 8th, 2021 as National Travel and Tourism week in Big Spring.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Todd Darden, City Manager, advised of seasonal job openings that will soon be available for the Aquatic center, Sports Complex, and Parks Department. Noted that they could be good summer jobs for students looking to earn money over the summer.
Colorado River Municipal Water District (CR MWD) Board of Directors has 2 positions that will soon be open. Darden advised that there are currently 2 board members who are willing to serve again, if council so chooses.
If you have a warrant or think you have a warrant contact Judge Timothy Green to get that taken care of as soon as possible.
District 4 Large Item Pick-up collected 5,000 lbs. of trash. District 5’s date for Large Item Pick-up will be in mid-May.
CONSENT ITEMS – all items pass with vote of 6-0 (Items #11-16)
Councilmembers approved a resolution expressing support for second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution also expresses its refusal to accept, fund, or participate in unconstitutional restrictions on legal gun ownership; and declares the City of Big Spring, TX to be a “Second Amendment Stronghold”.
The resolution was originally brought to council by Mike Cross of Big Spring. The resolution passed with a 6-0 vote.
The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the rezoning of approximately 18 acres of a 50-acre tract in Big Spring, located on west side of Hwy 87, and north of Big Spring State Hospital from Light Industrial to Planned Development, Temporary Workforce Housing failed during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The vote was 5-1, with Councilman Nick Ornelas voting for the rezoning.
VOUCHERS – were approved
The bid for seal coat was awarded to the lowest bidder. With a vote of 6-0. –
Councilmembers acknowledged receipt of the Big Spring EDC Minutes from the meeting on March 16, 2021.
A discussion was led by Councilman Troy Tompkins, District 5, regarding how the City Council appoints positions on Boards, committees, and other entities. Tompkins stated that it was time to re-evaluate how these appointments are made. He pointed out that the boards and committees impact the city, but there is not always equal representation on these boards and committees; a topic that has been brought up in the Charter Review Committee multiple times. Tompkins went on to say that it's up to council members to be proactive to recruit representatives from their districts such as residents, business owners, because it’s important to have new faces and new ideas.
Councilmembers agreed on equal representation and discussed how they might be able to recruit volunteers and increasing 5-member boards to 7-member boards so that there could be equal representation for the city.
An Emergency Reading of a resolution extending the disaster declaration from February 2021 in response to the winter storms was amended and passed with a vote of 6-0. The disaster declaration was extended through June 1, 2021. The amended resolution passed with a vote of 6-0.
Jordan Partee was approved as the City Council’s nomination to the Howard County Joint Tax Appraisal District to fill the unexpired term. The resolution naming Partee as the nominee was approved with a 6-0 vote.
The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Board proposed a reduction in rental fees for the Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage, the SM Energy Pavilion, and the City of Big Spring portable restroom trailer. They also recommended a “special events” package that includes the Marie Hall Plaza, Performance Stage, SM Energy Pavillion, and Portable Restroom Trailer to accommodate for large events for $350 per day. These ordinance amendments were both approved with a vote of 6-0.
District 1 Councilman Ornelas advised that there will be a Townhall Meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Ryan Hall, 605 N. Main in Big Spring from 6-8 PM.
Mayor Thomason advised of a slight rise in COVID-19 rate recently. He stated that 20 percent of the population in the county had been vaccinated. Thomason advised that the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be returning to vaccination clinics. He also stated that there was a plan in the works to vaccinate home-bound citizens.