By Taylor Short

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. reviewed the final location for the long-awaited digital sign last week and is tentatively scheduled to receive city approval - the final step - on Tuesday.

Executive Director Polo Enriquez presented engineering designs of the location of the $237,900 sign, directly left of the Arby's restaurant on the south side of U.S. Highway 190 and 1,555 feet east of a Lamar-owned billboard.

"The surveying and engineering part of the project is done, but there will need to be some brush removal as well," Enriquez said.

Chairman Dan Yancey said the City Council must still approve the location.

The 10-by-20-foot sign was part of an agreement with Cinergy Cinemas to promote businesses and attract customers to the theater and nearby shopping area.

The sign was originally planned to be placed near the theater at its opening in June 2009, but legal and placement issues slowed progress.

After the location is approved, the sign would be erected soon afterward, marketing director Monica Hull said.

In other actions, the board approved financial reports from April and May with adjustments recommended after an audit was presented in May. The board also approved a payment of $5,000 to Patillo, Brown & Hill LLP for the audit - twice the cost of the previous audit, Enriquez said.

EDC sales tax collections grew by 11.57 percent in May compared to the same period during last fiscal year, with year-to-date sales tax revenues increasing by about 2.5 percent compared to last fiscal year, according to the financial record.

"We're doing well with sales taxes and I'm happy with the comparisons from month to month," Enriquez said.

The board also approved $6,706.80 for an invoice from Walker Partners in relation to the extension of Constitution Drive, with about $17,000 left to pay of the total $123,200 cost.

Enriquez said the bidding for the project construction will open at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Another $1,250 was approved for an appraisal of 124.7 acres of land near U.S. Highway 190 by Hal Dunn & Associates.

The next EDC meeting is scheduled for July 22.

Contact Taylor Short at or (254) 501-7476. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcove.

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