2006 is now less than 48 hours away, but before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at a few of the many events that made headlines in Lubbock in 2005. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire has more on what caused controversy and stirred up conversation.
The first big change of 2005 would come in January when code enforcement merged with the Lubbock Police Department in an effort to clean up the city. Now that police are involved, officers ticket homeowners with messy yards or junked vehicles in monthly inspections.
The first of the year also started with an effort to revitalize central Lubbock, specifically 34th Street. The city came up with a plan on how to beautify the area in order to attract more businesses to it and help existing ones prosper. Since then at least five 34th Street businesses have received commercial loans allowing them to renovate or relocate to other locations on 34th Street.
In March, the city's methamphetamine ordinance took effect. It would be the first of its kind in the state. Cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine are now kept behind the counter and you must register your purchases. The ordinance to reduce the number of meth labs in Lubbock. Soon after, the Texas legislature followed Lubbock's lead and passed a similar statewide ordinance.
"They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," commented Lubbock City Councilman, Tom Martin.
Martin said one of the city's biggest steps forward came in June. "Probably the biggest accomplishment is securing up our 100 year water supply in Lubbock," he said.
Lubbock bought 160 thousand acres of water rights in the Panhandle securing the city's water supply for the next 100 years.
Martin said what's also of note is the Lubbock Police Department graduating over 30 new recruits, one of the largest classes to date, bringing them closer to their goal of two officers per one thousand people.
Another headline topper came in September, when city council voted five to two to use $50 million in bonds to help fund the George W. Bush Presidential Library should Lubbock be the chosen site. The West Texas Coalition made its presentation in November and is still waiting for a decision from the White House's.
Martin said, "we've got a lot of things happening in Lubbock and I don't expect it to slow down at all next year."
Martin also said in 2006 you can look forward to the Milwaukee Avenue project being finished, that will open up a four mile north/ south span of road in West Lubbock, adding $1 billion in new property to the city's tax base.
The city also plans on buying land for new fire stations.
|NewsChannel 11's Video Review Of 2005|
Take a look back at what KCBD videojournalists captured behind the lens in Lubbock for 2005.