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Council to look at 'man camp' ordinance on second reading

July 22, 2013

The Big Spring City Council is expected to consider final reading of an ordinance designed to define and shape the use of modular homes, temporary workforce housing and “man camps” in the city limits when it meets Tuesday evening.
The ordinance — which was commissioned by the council in hopes of limiting the damaging effects of the oil boom associated with the Cline Shale discovery — takes a number of steps to regulate how the “man camps” and other temporary housing will be used within the city limits.
However, one aspect of the ordinance — a ban on the use of sea shipping containers re-purposed into 320-square-feet domiciles — had the council at odds, bringing about a final 4-3 vote approving first reading of the measure.
The council will also consider final reading of an ordinance that will do away with the $5 tipping fee at the municipal landfill and implement a fee scale based on the weight of the refuse.
First reading of the ordinance was approved during the previous meeting on a 4-3 vote with council members Fernandez, Harbour and Boyd voting against it. Council members Carrigan, McDonald, Benavides and McLellan voted in favor of the measure.
Tuesday's meeting is to get under way at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth Street. For 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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