Council to consider permit

The Big Spring City Council will meet Tuesday to handle a rather routine agenda, including final approval of an ordinance providing for the issuance of a specific use permit for construction and operation of a nursing home facility near the corner of Alamesa and Wasson.The permit, which was applied for by M.U.G.S. Properties LLC for the 10-acre property, was first heard by the council during its June 26 meeting, which included a public hearing on the matter.The council heard only one complaint regarding the proposed construction during the public hearing on the project from a local resident concerned about noise created by the nursing home. The resident was concerned about the noise caused by deliveries made to the facility, according to officials with the city of Big Spring.However, the project designer agreed to construct a privacy fence on the property to squelch any noise issues.The permit was approved on a unanimous vote during the June meeting.Also during Tuesday's meeting, the council will consider final reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of combination tax surplus revenue certificates of obligation; levying an annual ad valorem tax for the payment of the certificates; approval of an official statement; and enacting other provisions related to the 2012 Wasterwater Treatment Plant Improvement Project.The ordinance will secure the financing for the water and wastewater improvement project approved by Big Spring voters during the last municipal election.$13 million overhaul of the municipality's water and wastewater facilities utilizing economic development funding, as voters overwhelming approved the measure during the election.As part of the agreement between the council and the Big Spring Economic Development board of directors, the EDC will provide $750,000 a year for the first two years, and then 40 percent of its sales tax revenue — with a floor of $500,000 and a ceiling of $750,000 for the following 18 years — with the city of Big Spring picking up the remainder of the tab.Also during Tuesday's meeting, the council will vote on:• Approval of a grant agreement for a fuel pad and access turnaround with the Texas Department of Transportation.• Approval to apply for a FEMA grant for firefighter's assistance program.• Approval of an agreement for assessment and collection of taxes with the Howard County Tax Assessor and Collector.• Award bid for backhoes and mini-excavator leases.Tuesday's meeting is expected to get under way at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth Street. Fore more information call 264-2401. Also, a complete copy of the meeting agenda can be found online at