Massengale Discusses ERCOT, Zoning Changes and Coliseum-Auditorium
Friday on KFYO Mornings, Dave and Matt were out, but Rob Snyder and Matt Crow filled in to talk to District 4 Lubbock City Councilman Steve Massengale about Thursday night's city council meeting which included topics like LP&L & ERCOT, the municipal coliseum and auditorium, zoning changes, and downtown development.
When asked about the voting on ERCOT and LP&L, Massengale agreed that the costs were high, but said, "The way the process has gone, I think we are in a good spot as we transition into ERCOT." There are still details on pricing and the coverage that have not been worked out at this time. Massengale also commented, "I haven't looked at any angle on this that does not show me reduced cost to the consumer." The projected date for the transition is set for June of 2021.
The councilman also spoke on the decision to let the citizens vote to turn the municipal coliseum and auditorium over to Texas Tech. When asked about his thoughts, Massengale said, "I'm supportive. I think it's time that we include the citizens," going on to say, "I know there is a lot of nostalgia associated with that building but it's lived a great life and it's outlived its useful life." The special election for this decision will be held at the same time as the normal election.
Massengale also spoke on the 2nd reading that occurred last night for the proposed zoning change for a retirement village in the Guadalupe neighborhood. The vote passed 5-2, with many residents of the neighborhood showing up to express their feelings, both positive and negative. Massengale believes that many people want to look at this situation negatively, but says that if it occurs, there will be many positive impacts for the neighborhood.
Finally the councilman spoke on annexations for private businesses in Lubbock and the continued redevelopment of downtown, which he feels is coming along more than modestly.
Watch the full interview with city councilman Steve Massengale in the video above.