City to begin negotiations in lawsuit

Steve Reagan
Staff Writer

An 18-month legal tug-of-war between the city of Big Spring and a construction firm on one side, and a group of local residents on the other, may be nearing a conclusion.
During their most recent meeting, Big Spring city council members authorized City Attorney Kaye Edwards to begin negotiations in hopes of resolving a dispute between the city and a group of residents led by Holston Banks Jr., who claim the city violated due process of law by attempting to run a sewer line under their property.
The dispute began in early 2015 shortly after the city contracted with Darnell & Dickson Construction, Inc. of San Angelo to install a new sewer line, a portion of which was to run through the Banks Addition in north Big Spring, to service the area of the city north of Interstate 20. The new sewer line was one of the first steps undertaken as part of the city’s new master plan, which in part hopes to facilitate economic growth along the interstate and further north.
Banks and others soon cried foul, accusing the construction firm of trespassing on their property and ordering the city to cease and desist.

For the complete story, read Sunday's edition of the Big Spring Herald.