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Council eyes May election

February 11, 2013

The Big Spring City Council is expected to approve first reading of a ordinance calling for the May 11 municipal general election, as two seats on the council go up for grabs this election season.

The mayoral seat, along with the District 5 seat on the council, will be decided by the May 11 contest.

Incumbent Mayor Tommy Duncan has indicated he will not seek a second term in the office, saying he never intended to serve more than one term in the position.

“When I ran for office, I was really reluctant to do so, but I was contacted by several people to step forward and serve the community, and that's what I did,” Duncan said. “I never intended to serve more than one term.”

The seat has drawn a single political hopeful so far, as local businessman and former Big Spring Economic Development Corporation board president Larry McLellan recently filed to run for the mayoral seat.

McLellan said one of his main areas of focus, if elected, will be the city's aging infrastructure.

“We have to stop talking about the needs of our city's infrastructure and start doing something about it,” McLellan said firmly. “We've seen steady increases in sales tax revenues over the past few years and we need to begin using that money to address our problems, not pad our general fun. It's good to have a healthy general fund, however, there's work that needs to be done. It's time to take action.”

Also up for grabs in the May 11 election will be the District 5 seat on the council, currently held by Craig Olson, who has also indicated he will not seek a second term.

“I will not seek re-election for the District 5 seat on the Big Spring City Council,” Olson said. “One term is enough. Ongoing business commitments, as well as recreational activities continue to require constant attention. I know (the citizens) will understand.”

The seat has yet to attract a political hopeful, according to officials with the city of Big Spring administration.

Prospective candidates can begin picking up filing packets from city hall — located at 310 Nolan St. — until March 1.

Filing for the election is being handled by the city of Big Spring Administration, while the election itself will once again be coordinated by the Howard County Elections Administration Office. For more information on filing to run in the May election, contact Big Spring City Hall at 432-264-2513.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, the council is expected to consider:
• Final reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 9 of the Coad of Ordinances entitled “Fire Prevention” to adopt the 2012 edition of the International Code Council Inc. Fire Code.

• First reading of an amendment to the 2012 annual budget to provide for the purchase of a fire truck for the Big Spring Fire Department through the city's general fund.

• Award a bid for a pumper fire truck.
• First reading of an ordinance designating the placement of stop signs at the intersection of Settles and Stadium in order to create a four-way-stop.
• First reading of a resolution endorsing certain legislative actions in the 83rd Texas Legislature to enhance the competitive electric market and system reliability and to protect the traditional role of cities in the regulatory process.

The council is also expected to meet with the Big Spring EDC board of directors during an executive session.

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 www.mybigspring.com

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