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A town hall meeting was held last week by Nick Hilario Ornelas, Big Spring City Councilman for District 1, to update his constituents on things that he’s been working on and to listen to their concerns.


During the meeting, Ornelas reported that he has worked with city staff and Oncor to get appropriate lighting on the bridge at North Gregg / U.S. Hwy 87 in Big Spring. Ornelas told KBest News that this had been important because the lights had been out for almost a year and it was a safety issue for pedestrians. He has also been coordinating with ALSA Car Club to assist those in his district aged 60 and older with large item pick up. He also advised constituents that a majority of the man-made speed bumps throughout District 1 had been filled.  


Now that the Code Enforcement department is now fully staffed, Councilman Ornelas stated that he would be conducting a ride along with the department staff so he could point out things that need to be addressed. 


Recently, Ornelas approached city staff about building pavillions at ABC Park. As a result of that, two pavilions will be constructed at ABC Park, located on the corner of W. 4th and Price St. The first will be completed by June 2021, and the second will be constructed next year. The funding for these pavilions was made possible through the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


He also advised that a draft of the layout for Reunion Plaza will be presented by Brint Ryan at the next City Council meeting on May 11th and encouraged citizens to attend the meeting to learn more about the project and to ask questions. 


Other topics that were discussed were TIRZ, progress of the Big Spring City Charter Review Special Committee, and his contact with TXDOT about the rough condition of the road at Gregg St. between 3rd and 4th Streets. According to Ornelas, TXDOT will begin working on this area approximately May 10th. 


Concerns that were brought to the Councilman during the meeting included illegal dumping, recognition for Purple Heart Veterans and their families, and a possible block party downtown that encompassed the venues in the area to enjoy a night of music. 

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