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zoning changes, golf carts to get council's attention

March 25, 2013

Proposed zoning changes and public hearings pertaining to the changes top the agenda for the Tuesday meeting of the Big Spring City Council.
The council is to hold public hearings concerning:
• Consideration of a zone change from Single Family-1 (SF-1) to Light Commercial (LC) for the property located at 1901 W. 16th St., described as Section 1, Block 33, T-1-S, T&P RR Co. Survey.
• Consideration of a zone change from Single Family-2 (SF-2) to Neighborhood Service (NS) for the property located north of the Connally and Wasson intersection, described as Tract 6, Kennebeck Heights, Section 12, Block 33, T-1-S, T&P RR Co. Survey.
• Consideration of the issuance of a specific use permit without term to Reliable Self Storage UC for construction and operation of a mini storage warehouse facility located north of the Connally and Wasson intersection, described as Tract 6, Kennebeck Heights, Section 12, Block 33, T-1-S, T&P RR Co. Survey.
Following the hearings, the council is to consider first reading of the two zoning changes and the specific use permit. If the three agenda items are approved by the council, they will likely receive final approval in April.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, the council is to award a bid for 15 golf carts for the Comanche Trail Golf Course to Club Car Golf Cars. The bid includes the trade-in of 15 48V EZ Go electric carts, for a total cost of $45,325.
The council will also hear the presentation of comprehensive annual financial report for the year ended Sept. 30, 2012, from David Copeland.
First reading of a resolution authorizing the city manager or his designee to enter into an inter-local agreement with Howard County to provide for sharing of the costs of land acquisition, permitting, operation, ownership, closure and post closure of a new municipal landfill. The measure requires the agreement to distribute the cost of the new landfill at a ratio of one-third for Howard County to two-thirds for the city of Big Spring.
Efforts to close the existing landfill and open a new location have been underway for years.
“This is something we've been talking about for quite some time,” former city manager Gary Fuqua said during a previous meeting. “We've looked at several different options and formed a committee. We've looked at other properties. We know our existing landfill will last approximately three years.
“We've developed and evaluated plans for our future expansion. We're looking at purchasing the land and we're beginning to work on those negotiations. We met with TECQ to initialize the permitting process and talked to them about the feasibility of our plan.”
Tuesday's meeting is 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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