Abilene council to discuss roads, councilman's conduct Tuesday


ABILENE, Texas - There's a lot on Abilene City Council's plate this week, including deciding what to do about Abilene's streets, the future of Abilene Regional Airport, and discussing a councilman's controversial social media comment.

At the special called meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, council will have a private discussion about councilman Steve Savage's Facebook comment to Executive Director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Nanci Liles . In response to a comment Liles made about the city passing the budget, Savage wrote B.P., which is an abbreviation for " b---- please. " He has since apologized. Council members will also revisit a topic that hasn't been solved: fixing Abilene's roads, and how to pay for it. Hanna plans to bring an ordinance to council, which he said is a significant reduction from what they were asking before. "My direction from the council was to solve our streets, right? The only way I can do that is through additional revenue," said Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna. At Thursday ' s city council meeting, council will consider expanding Abilene Regional Airport. They'll discuss hiring a consultant who will help market the airport to a second carrier. "We believe that Abilene Regional is well positioned for an addition of another carrier at this time, and we're hoping by partnering with this firm we will be able to go out and solicit and attract another carrier other than American Airlines," Hanna said. Council plans to get the ball rolling on moving the Law Enforcement Center to the old Kmart building on South 1st Street by selecting an architectural firm. Then they ' ll revisit what the city should do with the old Lincoln Middle School since it is a historically important building in Abilene.