By Lauren Cabral

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Police Department has the go-ahead to purchase three police vehicles.

The City Council approved the department's request at its meeting Tuesday night.

Police Chief Tim Molnes said the department requests replacement or additional vehicles for the patrol fleet each year. The vehicles will be purchased from Philpott Motors of Nederland for $87,655.95.

The funds are within the budgeted amount approved for the vehicles in the fiscal year 2010-11 budget. The price includes extended warranties and police equipment on each of the three Ford vehicles.

The council also authorized additional funds to River City Engineering Ltd. for professional services related to the Eastside Infrastructure Improvements, or the Northeast Sewer Line Project.

The action will allow City Manager Andrea Gardner to execute an addendum in the agreement to provide additional funds not to exceed $50,000 for fees to the engineering company.

The additional funds are needed to purchase necessary permits, conduct surveying and acquire appraisals, among other things.

The project includes installation of a 24-inch wastewater line from U.S. Highway 190 to the Northeast Wastewater Treatment facility.

The total cost of the project is $70,000, which were received from the bond issuance on Dec. 9, 2010.

In other business, Employee Service Awards were distributed at the meeting. Employees honored were Loretta Bell, Solid Waste administrative assistant for 10 years; Lee Corr, Parks and Recreation community outreach specialist for five years; and Ronnie Cummings, firefighter/emergency medical technician for five years.

Gardner also received an award for her five years of service.

Other actions taken by the council included:

Approval of the final plat of Skyline Flats, Phase 2, Section 1.

The appointment of Adam Wolf, Kathleen Wolf, Christine Luciano and Ceci Moffett to the Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful Commission.

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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