City Council approves erosion control project

The Odessa Council voted unanimously to hire Midland-based Onyx Contractors LLC for $105,000 to oversee an erosion control project at Memorial Gardens during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Odessa Parks and Recreation Director Steve Patton previously told the council that the project would address a problem with the drainage culvert under 42nd Street that enters Memorial Gardens near the northwest corner of the park site.

The swift current flowing through the culvert into the holding pond area has eroded the soil around the footings of the west pedestrian bridge, Patton explained. The project would encase the bridge footings with a concrete wall and protect the footings from further erosion.

The council also voted to renew the city’s two-year bank depository agreement with BBVA USA for $69,328. The city has been using BBVA USA since 2016, city officials said. As the city’s financial institution, it oversees all of the city’s deposits, withdrawals and other banking services routinely provided any banking customers, City Manager Michael Marrero said.

Council on Tuesday also approved the hiring of Onyx Contractors to replace metal roofs on pavilions and restroom building at Woodson Park and pavilion at Floyd Gwin Park for $43,835.

Following a closed session, council voted to appoint Keith Kidd as a new associate municipal court judge. City officials on Tuesday and Wednesday refused to release any further information about Kidd, including his salary, start date or any background information.