Flipping the switch... Carter Kleoppel, 6, a first grade student at McQuerry Elementary School, flipped the switch Monday night turning on Odessa's Christmas lights for the holiday season. He was assisted by Adam Couch, mayor. Carter was chosen in a drawing held at R-7 elementary schools. photo by Hannah Spaar
Aldermen to purchase spare transformer
Odessa Board of Aldermen on Monday night agreed to purchase a second transformer for the new northwest wastewater treatment plant with the cost not to exceed $16,000.
Included in the motion to purchase was elimination of a second concrete pad and instead to store the transformer inside a building at the plant.
The decision came with a multitude of questions from Steve Wright, alderman ward two.
At the November 10 meeting the six aldermen voted against purchase of a second transformer, asking for additional information from Paul Conway, public works director.
The purchase was brought up a second time due to requirements of the state's emergency plan for municipal facilities.
Conway explained that if the first transformer fails, it would take 10 to 12 weeks to make repairs. West Central Electric does not have a transformer large enough to handle the problem if the initial equipment fails. Read more in The Odessan.
P&Z Board considers eliminating CRT Zones
Odessa Planning and Zoning Commission met for an hour Thursday to discuss issues including the option of recommending eliminating the Commercial Residential Transitional (CRT) zones within the city.
"I think a lot of things were undertaken to simplify the buffering from commercial to residential. I'm not sure that got accomplished very well in the design of the ordinance," Marty McDermed, commission chairman, said.
McDermed referred commissioners to a section of the city code which predates the CRT zone and calls for reviews of uses not allowed in an area in order to obtain a conditional use permit. McDermed suggested that section alone could address concerns with development projects where commercial projects were to be built in residential areas.
Not all commissioners immediately agreed. Ruth Beamer, commissioner, said relying on the provision might take the city back to spot zoning, which the commission has tried to eliminate.
Mark Bellington, alderman ward two, attended the meeting and said he understood the CRT had been created to find a middle ground between the interests of businesses and residents.
"I'm not sure that it accomplished that," Bellington said. Read more in The Odessan.
Local families request assistance for Christmas
The 2014 Christmas Adoption Program is underway with 54 families signed up and 22 still needing to be adopted. Families may sign up through November 26 with proof of income and residence.
Center is located at 212 S. Second Street. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the third Saturday of every month. Those with questions may call 816-230-7558. Those who want to adopt a family but are unable to stop in during center hours may call to receive necessary information by phone.
As a reminder, center will accept cash donations to help with any family not adopted by an organization or individual.
Distribution will be Saturday, December 20.
Families to be adopted are:
Family #9, single mother with one child: Girl, 16 - jeans/pants (size 15), sweatsuits (L), bootie socks, lotions, perfume, favorite stores are Hot Topic and Claires, likes Hello Kitty and Batman (anything) posters, jewelry, gift cards.
Family #15, couple with four children: Boy, 7 - clothes (size 8), anything Skylanders or super heroes. Boy, 11 - any Pokemon or skateboard; loves to collect bugs or anything related to bugs; pants (size 12), shirts (youth M). Girl, 15 - any Hello Kitty, MP3 player, CDs, loves zebra or animals, clothes (size 12), shirts (Juniors L). Girl, 16 - any makeup, music (R&B, Pop), jewelry, CDs, clothes (size 2), shirts (Juniors M). Read more in The Odessan.
No injuries...required medical attention after a 16-year-old high school student drove an SUV into a school bus after school Friday near Third Street and Highway OO. Police Chief Scott Newhouse said the driver of the SUV was cited for following the bus too closely. All involved were checked for injuries, Newhouse said, but no one was transported. Students on the bus at the time of the crash were taken home on another bus.