The Big Spring City Council approved first reading of an ordinance that will place a four-way stop at the intersection of Settles and Stadium during its Tuesday night meeting, as well as approved first reading of an ordinance calling for the May 11 municipal elections.
The council voted unanimously to have a flour-way-stop placed at the intersection of Settles Street and Stadium Street. According to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, the intersection has been brought to the attention of the city's Traffic Commission several times in the past and has certainly seen its fair share of vehicle accidents over the years.
“This item has come before the traffic commission on three other occasions I can recall,” Darden told the council. “It's come before the commission through citizens who live in that area. Since 1996, we've had more than 26 (traffic) accidents occur at this intersection. The traffic count shows during non-peak hours, vehicle counts are pretty low. However, during the peak times — especially during school hours — we're seeing 500 to 800 vehicles utilizing that intersection.
“There are a lot of motorists using that roadway to travel from the area around Moss Elementary over to the high school and junior high school. It has created some accidents. The most recent one was about a month ago when a car went through a citizen's yard and hit their trampoline and exited out on Stadium Street. Fortunately, no one was injured.”
The intersection is located one block east of both the Big Spring High School and Big Spring Junior High School, according to Darden, and while congestion during school hours — mainly 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. — is certainly a contributing factor, it wasn't the only issue spurring the traffic commission's recommendation for the four-way-stop.
“There are a couple of other variables,” Darden said. “There are some sight and visibility issues with the intersection and a nearby dip which, at high speeds, could create some vehicular problems.”
Also during Tuesday night's meeting, the council approved first reading of an ordinance calling for the May 11 municipal elections on a unanimous vote. The mayoral seat, along with the District 5 seat on the council, will be decided by the contest.
Both incumbents — Mayor Tommy Duncan and District 5 Councilman Craig Olson — have indicated they will not seek re-election to their respective seats.
However, the impending vacancy 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.
Prospective candidates can pick 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 the meeting, the council approved:
• 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.
• Awarded bid for a pumper fire truck at $255,000. According to city officials, the expenditure is not a budgeted item and will come out of the city's general fund.
• 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.