By Lauren Cabral and Mason W. Canales

The Cove Herald

During its meeting Tuesday, the City Council rezoned about seven acres of land for a future senior living center.

The 6.857 acres of land on Meadowbrook Estates, located just behind Giovanni's, was previously zoned business, but was changed to multi-family residential in anticipation of the 96-unit complex for seniors age 55 and older called Brookview Village Apartments.

The unit will feature a pool, fitness center, a coin-laundry facility and other amenities.

A residential services coordinator will organize activities for residents, and on-site management will maintain the property.

City Manager Andrea Gardner spoke about drafting a resolution for the Texas Municipal League to try and garner support for receiving state funds to help subsidize the city for revenue lost in recent years from property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and their spouses, a mandate passed by the Texas Legislature.

She said there were 385 households exempt this year; next year, that is expected to increase to 418.

She and some council members said they expected that number to increase, which is why some form of new legislation is needed.

In other action, the council:

Recognized patrol officers William Hughes and James Dudden for being Employees of the Quarter.

Recognized Trudy Chapman, a laborer in the Parks and Recreation Department, for five years of service.

Proclaimed Aug. 1-7 Storm Water Pollution Prevention Week.

Approved a second reading of budget amendments for the 2011-12 budget.

Appointed Bradi Diaz to the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Established school zones for House Creek North Elementary.

Approved changes to the 2011 Lampasas Central Appraisal District Budget.

Heard the HOT Bowl annual report from bowl chairman Jack Welch and the Chamber of Commerce's second-quarter report from Chamber president Marty Smith.

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