City pursues transportation plan

first_img Local NewsGovernment City pursues transportation plan Pinterest Home Local News Government City pursues transportation plan WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By admin – May 23, 2018 center_img The Odessa City Council tasked an engineering firm with crafting a long-term transportation plan to guide future roadwork, including the city’s approach to road maintenance, identifying transportation needs and seeking state funds for major projects.It will cost about $460,000 total and take about 15 months. But city officials say the expense is worthwhile because the plan should save money on costly transportation projects such as road maintenance and construction.“The point is to plan out in the future and see what all we are needing to address and to focus on what we do to try and maximize the dollars for the best effect,” Public Works Director Tom Kerr said, adding the review would help the study identify road problems before they become severe while also guiding development of new roads. “Are our streets being built the best way and in the most efficient and effective way so that they’ll last a long time?”The Odessa City Council unanimously approved paying more than $445,000 to the engineering firm Kimley-Horn, now tasked with crafting a plan meant to guide future road work, including the city’s approach to road maintenance, identifying transportation needs and seeking state funds for major projects.The city administration has already given the firm a smaller contract of $15,000 so the contractor could begin analyzing downtown parking before the school year ends and traffic in the area thins out.“It’s a lot of money but in the big scope of the picture when you look at what you are trying to accomplish — Odessa is growing huge,” District 5 Councilman Mike Gardner said.A wide ranging study by Kimley-Horn is expected to include a review of road upkeep, road conditions, traffic volumes and accidents, traffic signals, and how the city prioritizes and pitches road projects funded by other entities.One resident, Dallas Kennedy, objected to the study during the Tuesday council meeting, saying the money could be better spent elsewhere and pointing to frequent work by the same engineering firm that the city has commissioned, including the University Boulevard widening project underway.Kerr said the study would include valuable cost estimates, and enable staff to better “focus on what we do to try and maximize the dollars for the best effect.” Kerr said the study had not developed a long-term transportation plan in almost 20 years.“The fact is that Odessa is growing in different areas today than it was at that time,” Kerr said. “And so what the consultants do is they evaluate where we are seeing the growth, because that is where you are pressed to do your infrastructure.”City transportation officials also say the study will help in planning projects such as redeveloping downtown, where goals include greater pedestrian traffic and improved lighting.District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and Mayor David Turner were absent from the Tuesday meeting.More InformationIN OTHER BUSINESS, THE CITY COUNCIL:>> Approved minutes from City Council meetings on May 8, May 10 and May 15.>> Authorized the city to apply for and spend a federal grant that would provide a partial payment for bullet proof vests.>> Authorized the Odessa Police Department to buy leather firearm carriers for more than $61,000, using donated funds.>> Approved awarding a more than $242,000 bid to Fab Tech Wastewater Solutions LLC for reconstruction of a wastewater clarifier at the Bob Derrington Water Reclamation Plant.>> Approved an update of the list of officials who can authorize the use of city funds, reflecting recent turnover.>> Approved the more than $114,000 purchase of a bucket truck.>> Opened a public hearing and approved for the first time a request by Shanti Thangam for original zoning of Retail-One on about one acre of vacant land to accommodate a jewelry store east of the intersection of the Highway 191 service road and Rocky Lane Road. Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Previous articleSuspect found in hit and run caseNext articleCOLLEGE SIGNING: Nine ECISD athletes sign letters of intent to continue careers admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Facebook Daylon Swearingen competes in bareback riding during the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo at Ector County Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Southern Style Potato SaladTexas Fried ChickenUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Bacolod’s No. 7 most wanted person nabbed

first_imgThe 39-year-old Jimboy Malan was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant at his residence in Barangay Banago on May 29, a police report showed.Police officers served the warrant in relation to illegal drug charges Malan faces. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the police station. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – He was listed as the No. 7 most wanted person in Police Station 3 in this city.last_img


first_imgIt all started when a very emotional Ebola track “Ebola stay away from Africa” was aired on Hottfm 107.9 on “Disturbing the Peace’s” late night radio show.Nearly a hundred callers called in wanting to know more about the artist behind the song, and why Ebola mattered to him so much.Luckily, we were able to contact the Liberian performer who’s been contributing for many years of essential instrumentals, songs and hope for Liberian music.Prince Sherman Thomas, commonly known as ‘JustPrince’ is an artist worth talking about; he’s also the powerful voice behind the Ebola track. He’s been adding flavor to some of your favorite songs and working with some Gospel and R&B headliners.“I have been fortunate to work with big artists such as Jeff Majors and Trinitee 5-7.  I was also on a production team for Whitney Houston. I am a member of Glorious Lamps International and we were privileged to be in a concert with Hezekiah Walker. And on a more international level, I have worked with Sonnie Badu and the Prophet Seth Bah,” JustPrince says.What’s important in this deadly Ebola fight knowing that spirited people such as JustPrince feels the pain of those who have been affected directly. According to him, he came out with the emotional track “Ebola stay away from Africa” after learning he had also lost a relative to the deadly disease.“I became inspired to do the Ebola song following the death of my cousin Sharon Washington from the virus. In my grief, the words “Ebola stay away from Africa” came to me and I immediately got up around two in the morning and went to the studio to record it,” he shared.Though many Liberians have stories to tell about their own experiences, we hope that one-day they all will be told. While Ebola is said to be slowly winding down in these parts, there’s another battle to be fought: the fact that many Liberians at home and abroad are being stigmatized.“Ebola has affected me as a Liberian who is here in America because it’s my home and day by day I am hearing and watching my fellow country men and women passing away.  Food is said to be scarce because the markets can’t open. I personally still have family back home whom I’m unable to protect. I would like to encourage all those in Africa who have been plagued by the Ebola virus to stay prayerful, continue to trust in GOD who is the master healer. It may not seem like it right now, but Ebola will pass,” he says.JustPrince has been musically gifted for quite awhile, and has his own story to tell. The strong spirit that can be felt through his voice in his Ebola track doesn’t just come from deep within. But the force in his lyrics comes from a past that he didn’t mind sharing with LIB LIFE.“As an artist in the gospel spectrum, I reflect back from time to time on some of the things God has allowed me to go through,” he narrates.  “I started to play the piano at a very young age and over time I was given many opportunities for my skills to grow. But as a young child, I became seriously ill. I was so sick that I was literally knocking on death’s door, but GOD healed me.“I chose to be a gospel artist because I grew up in a Christian home. Over the years God has done many great things in my life. For instance, during the war, one of the rebel soldiers wanted to execute me and again GOD delivered me,” he testified.Meanwhile, JustPrince has made a lot of hearts warmer through his Ebola track. He has helped many to cope with the reality of the damage caused by Ebola when it’s eradicated. He’s also helping to develop the capacities of other Liberian musical artists.  The latest about to grow under his tutelage will be the Liberian gospel vocal powerhouse, Bernice Blackie, who is presently in the USA.“I have had the great pleasure in giving back to the Liberian community musically and the joy of building up artists and watching them grow into their GOD given potential.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LGC hails Medina services to Guyana, Golf

first_img– MACORP Head to retire soonThe Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) recently hailed MACORP Guyana Head Jorge Medina for the impact of his club member on development of golf in Guyana, and development of the sport since his arrival on the local sceneMedina arrived in Guyana 25 years ago to head the operations of MACORP CAT. With his strong Spanish accent, he asked the question that would forever link him to the LGC: “Where is the golf course?”As Head of MACORP, the industry giant in heavy machinery, Medina’s dedication to quality and performance perfectly match the game of golf, and he demonstrated this with several victories over the years of playing. This quiet, unassuming individual from Barranquilla in Colombia was named Honorary Consul of Colombia, and was accredited by the Government of Guyana. With more than a regular Club member’s interest, Jorge set out to invest in and transform the Club into a standard that can today compare favourably with international standards.Jorge Medina is not just an avid golfer and quiet family man, but has contributed, and continues to contribute, to the fabric of Guyana.  He came up with theMACORP CEO Jorge Medinacompany motto “Let’s build Guyana Together”, and throughout his career, has dedicated himself to fulfilling that purpose.He has been a strong supporter of the Guyana Relief Council, a founder of the newly created AMCHAM Guyana, and has been extremely instrumental in the expansion of the gold mining industry since the mid-1990s through the supply of the first excavators for that sector.Jorge is known for explaining why the company — sole distributor of Caterpillar machines — continues to invest in golf. “With all eyes on Guyana, we have to continue with these programmes as a way of improving life for all those in Guyana; and I hope that not just us in the private sector, but the Government as well, will see the need for this sport and relationship-building”.At his direction, MACORP has sponsored one of the major golf tournaments every year, and, more importantly, found additional ways to contribute to the Club, especially in the past year. With help from the machinery giant, the LGC, under the supervision of Head Groundskeeper Mike Guyadin, has been able to develop an intricate system of drainage that allowed the Club to break records for days and tournaments played in a single year.In a few weeks, Jorge Medina will retire from the role he played in making the MACORP name so prominent in Guyana, but the impact he will leave behind, the memories and friendships, will last forever; especially at the Lusignan Golf Club, where his friendly smile and easy demeanor was always be on display.The Executive and Members of the Lusignan Golf Club extend their sincerest gratitude to Jorge Medina for his friendship, support, and presence over the many years; and wish him the best of luck in the years ahead.last_img read more


first_imgYOUR INVITATION TO A COFFEE MORNING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE……. was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coffee morningletterkennyThe Sandwich Companylast_img read more

Need a ticket to Warriors’ playoff opener vs. Clippers? You’re in luck

first_imgAlthough the anniversary of the Warriors’ first ever playoff game in Oakland was on April Fool’s Day, they’re not commemorating it with a joke when they say tickets are still available for Saturday night’s playoff opener against the Clippers.A Warriors spokesperson said tickets for Saturday night’s Game 1 can still be purchased through at In fact, if you’re looking to head to Oracle Arena to attend any of Golden State’s home games during their final postseason at …last_img read more

D-League: Jackson, Coffee Lovers use underdog tag as motivation

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “I’m very proud of my team. I’m just proud that we keep fighting. The most important thing is we don’t quit. It’s all that matters. If you don’t quit, you always have a chance. And that’s what I like about this team,” he said. But that doesn’t mean the Fil-Am guard is ready to accept how opponents look down at them as he uses those criticisms as fuel to help the Coffee Lovers compete in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“We use that as an advantage. We don’t mind coming in as underdogs because that just means that when we’re ultra-aggressive, we have a chance to catch you off-guard. We play the game how we need to play. Coach gives us our gameplan and we go out there and execute,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough the past three games, Jackson has established himself as the go-to-guy for Gamboa-St. Clare, averaging 19.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.He continued that tear on Thursday, firing 29 points for the Coffee Lovers’ 92-85 defeat to Akari-Adamson. Bulanadi uncorks 26 as Che’Lu-San Sebastian snaps skid 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum PBA IMAGESTrevis Jackson knows the reality of playing for an unheralded team like Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare.“We understand at times that we’re underdogs,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Though his efforts failed to keep his side’s two-game winning streak alive, it was enough to pique the interest of Falcons coach Franz Pumaren.“I don’t think we faced St. Clare. Our opponent was Jackson,” the bench tactician said. “The way he played, he played like a veteran. I think he’s PBA-ready. He’s matured enough compared to our players.”The 22-year-old Jackson, meanwhile, is just humbled by the praise from a coach in the caliber of Pumaren. “That’s probably one of the biggest compliments I’ve gotten since being here.”“My whole dream and what gets me to wake up every morning is because I came here with aspirations of playing in the PBA,” said the Sacramento State alumnus. “Now, I just need to show them that I might not played a lot back home but I can play. I just need to prove that, and that’s why I’m taking these games as an opportunity to do it.”Though Jackson has his sights set on entering the 2018 PBA Draft, he knows that he has to keep his focus on the task at hand which is to help Gamboa-St. Clare compete and gain the respect of its opponents.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Raipur school teacher wins Mrs.India World Wide title

first_imgRebecca Logein Benn, a sports teacher from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, has won the title of Mrs.India World Wide 2012. A mother of two, she says this is her “first step towards glamour” and that she will now pursue “acting and modelling”.Rebecca, 37, came to the top spot after beating 20 other contestants, who had participated from all around the country, in the finale held here Saturday.”You feel proud when you win such a prestigious award in a country like India. I gave my level best and came to the top eight,” Rebecca told IANS and added that she was not “thinking about winning”, but “kept moving forward”.”I always dreamt of winning a title from my childhood. I took this competition as a challenge to achieve my dream,” she said.She has two children – 7-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Her husband is a doctor by profession.The 37-year-old makes it a point to keep herself in shape and said: “I give a lot of attention to my diet and avoid over-eating. I also go to gym to keep myself fit.”Organised by Sri Sai Entertainment Pvt Ltd, the contest was judged by eminent television personalities like actress Aditi Gowarikar, Sara Khan, Nawabshah and Hasleen Kuar amongst others.What is on your wish list now?”This is the first step towards glamour… I am definitely going for acting and modelling after this,” Rebecca said.There was a tie for the first runner-up title and it was awarded to Nisha Sharma from Delhi, and Preeti Singh from Mumbai.Nagpur-based Sareeka Sapra was declared the second runner-up.advertisementlast_img read more