DePauw voices concern on hiring PSC

HERALD photo/Roger Cline Local veterans look on as Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan, right, reads a proclamation at Tuesday night's City Council meeting declaring the 15th of every month "Thank a Veteran Day" in Big Spring.
Roger Cline
Staff Writer

Discussion at the Big Spring City Council meeting Tuesday evening got a little heated when one council member raised concerns over hiring an engineering firm for the planned new “Big Sandy” city landfill.
The objections from Councilman Jim DePauw came on a vote to approve the engineering firm Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper to perform the design, bid, and construction phases of the landfill process. Big Spring has worked with PSC since the early ‘90s on groundwater monitoring and reporting projects, as well as on the permitting, designing, and construction on the current landfill’s East Cell. If the new landfill’s budget expends all of the $10 million allocated for it, PSC’s share for the engineering work could top out at more than $1.2 million.
The council ultimately voted 5-2 to hire Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper, with DePauw and Councilman Raul Benavides dissenting.
“I’d like to see us do something else, because I just don’t think it’s a prudent idea to award a $1,252,110 contract without talking to any other engineering firms,” DePauw said during the meeting.

For the full story, please see Wednesday's edition of the Herald.