Old station to be torn down
PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING, 101 N. Second Street, has been vacant since 2014, when mold was discovered at the facility. Aldermen agreed to demolish the building after a plan to convert it into a pavilion was deemed structurally unfeasible.
The old public safety building at 101 N. Second Street is coming down.
Aldermen agreed to the demolition Monday on the recommendation of Sid Rustman, finance officer and interim city administrator.
"The structure is not really feasible to utilize for anything else at this point," Rustman said.
The station was closed in 2014 after the city discovered mold in the building. Earlier this year, the city had the interior of the building removed. Read more in The Odessan.
Mayor to present EMS choice at next meeting
Items from Monday's Odessa Board of Aldermen meeting:
• Adam Couch, mayor, told the board he hopes to present a candidate for EMS director at the board's November 14 meeting.
He also said he hopes to begin interviews for city administrator in the first half of November.
• Sid Rustman, finance director and interim city administrator, reported that paving McDowell Street will wait three-four weeks until the trench has settled. Read more in The Odessan.
Johnson Drive comments,
change order discussed
In addition to controversy over the choice to spend more than $30,000 to expand curbs down East Main as part of the Johnson Drive reconstruction project, the city announced October 19 that Adam Couch, mayor, had approved an emergency change order to the project for nearly $10,000.
Monday night aldermen voted with no discussion to rescind the change order authorizing the curb work. The vote was 5-0, as Steve Lockhart, alderman ward one, who pushed for the project and is the half-brother of the future resident of the last house the curbs would reach, abstained. Aldermen will consider the issue again today (Thursday) at a special meeting following a public hearing on the conflict of interest involving Lockhart, as required by the Community Development Block Grant program. The program is helping to fund the original scope of the project.
Three residents spoke on the project during public comments Monday. Read more in The Odessan.
ODESSA MARCHING INVITATIONAL was held Saturday, hosting 21 bands and including exhibition performances by the Odessa Band of Distinction.