By Lauren Cabral and Mason W. Canales

The Cove Herald

Copperas Cove City Council

The Copperas Cove City Council approved an application May 3 from Central Texas EMS to operate a non-emergency ambulance franchise in the city, which would make it the second such service in Copperas Cove.

With the application approval, Central Texas EMS will provide services the city could not.

The city provides ambulances only for emergency service, and Capital EMS was the only valid, existing non-emergency ambulance franchise in the city until the council's action Tuesday authorizing Central Texas EMS to operate as well.

The city will receive $2,500 annually as a result of the action.

The council also approved a resolution dedicating a 15-foot permanent water and wastewater easement and a 15-foot temporary construction easement by Discount Tire Co. for the completion of the Northeast Sewer Line project.

The company did not request a fee for the easements, and the only cost to the city for the easement will be legal fees for preparing required documents.

The City Council also:

Received an update about the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce.

Received a presentation about Fort Hood Strategic Plan.

Recognized Dennis Courtney, superintendent of Sewer Collection, for 25 years of service to the city.

Mayor John Hull proclaimed May 15-21 National Police Week and EMS Week. He also proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day and May as Trauma Awareness Month.

Rezoned 413 Allen St. to single-family residential from local retail.

Updated the city's personnel ordinance.

Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation

The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation approved a proposal to install 12 street lights along the Constitution Drive extension at its meeting April 28, a $25,611.60 project.

Oncor Elecric Delivery Co. LLC will install 12 30-foot galvanized steel round poles with 6-foot arms along the new extension of Constitution Drive to Mueller Avenue. The project is expected to take four to six weeks from execution of the contract.

Oncor Construction Manager Dennis Lantrip spoke with the board about the possible installation of five additional streetlights along Constitution Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

A proposal for the project may be presented at May's board meeting.

The board also approved a $25,000 debt-issuance option to meet the financial requirements for planning and development of a few capital projects, including the Shops at Five Hills, the Business and Technology Park and a possible future land swap with Fort Hood.

The projects could require millions of dollars in funds, CCEDC Executive Director Polo Enriquez said, and the action simply means the city is planning ahead.

Following an executive session, the board voted to create a performance agreement for infrastructure reimbursement for developer 10K Investments LLC that will include repayment on invoices only, capping reimbursement at $22,500.

The city must approve design and construction, and the agreement is subject to City Council approval.

The board also approved increased benefits for Enriquez, including a $300-per-month car allowance, medical benefits for his family and an indefinite term for his contract.

Lampasas Independent School District

LAMPASAS - The Lampasas Independent School District will help the architect for Lampasas High School and Taylor Creek Elementary School apply for a tax rebate based on the construction of the two schools in hopes of receiving part of the return.

Monday night, the LISD board of trustees approved letting the district enter an agreement with O'Connell Robertson Architects, the design firm for the two buildings, for an energy-efficient design and construction tax rebate program.

According to information provided by the school district, the rebate could potentially save $1.80 per square foot; the district's construction projects involve about 300,000 square feet.

Shane Jones, LISD's business manager, said he didn't have a good estimate of how much money the rebate would generate for the district, but he suggested it may be about $50,000.

The board of trustees also:

approved a list of bills and amended the 2011-12 school year calendar.

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