Archive - Sep 16, 2013
The city of Big Spring may seek outside help to repair water line breaks this winter.
The city council gave its blessing last week to a â€śemergency back-up planâ€ť which could result in private contractors repairing line breaks in the coming months.
The reason for the plan is simple â€” severe staff shortages.
Interim Public Works Director Johnny Womack told the council that only five of the 16 budgeted water maintenance positions for the city are currently staffed.
The reason behind that shortage? Economics.
Big Spring City Council is expected to approve a tax rate for the 2013-2014 fiscal year when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, 307 E. Fourth St.
The meeting is expected to be brief â€” a public hearing on and probable adoption of the proposed rate are the only items on the agenda.
Earlier this month, council members gave tentative approval to a rate of 85.664 cents per $100 valuation, which is above the effective rate (which would raise the same amount of revenue as the previous year) but below the rollback rate (which could trigger a tax rollback election).
Wayne Wilcox, 82, of Lake Thomas died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at his residence. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Gail Cemetery.
Wayne was born May 6, 1931, to Bethel and Bill Wilcox in Sayre, Okla. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in the Korean War with the 17th Infantry. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and United Nations Medal with two Bronze Stars. Wayne married Bettie Scoggin on June 2, 1973. She preceded him in death on April 26, 2012. Wayne had lived at Lake Thomas since 1979. He worked for CRMWD until retiring.
Daryll Levay Polk, 41, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Lubbock. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
He was born June 7, 1972, in Big Spring. He was a lifetime resident of Big Spring and was a member of Shiloh House of Praise.
He is survived by one son, Key Shaundre Polk of San Angelo; three sisters, Jessica Payne and Monika Polk, both of Abilene, and Roslyn Neal of Big Spring; and two brothers, Edmond Gossett and George Gossett of Odessa.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Polk.
Carlene Barron, 73, of Seabrook, formerly of Big Spring, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.