With the new U.S. Highway 190 that loops around Copperas Cove scheduled to open this spring, plans are already in the works to beautify what will become Business 190.

Councilwoman Marty Smith was selected as chairman of the committee to oversee the extensive project.“This is one I really wanted on. We will work with businesses to help spruce up and fix up. We plan to take the island out and make more of a landscape and beautify the area,” Smith said.

She and her husband have traveled to different cities to see what they are doing. They have taken photos to demonstrate ways that both the city and businesses along Business 190 can enhance the area and make it more pleasing to not only citizens, but visitors in the area.

Smith said the city will use a grant awarded to Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful.

Each year. KCCB sends in a submission for the Governors Community Achievement Award, said Silvia Rhoads, city recycling coordinator. The overall $2 million award, sponsored by Texas Department of Transportation and administered by Keep Texas Beautiful, is shared by 10 communities in Texas. The amount a community receives is determined by population size. Rhoads said Copperas Cove is in category 6 with an award of $210,000 in the form of a landscaping grant.

“One of the requirements is that the beautification be done along a TXDOT right of way,” Rhoads said. “KCCB, the city and TXDOT will work closely together to ensure the beautification meets all requirements by TXDOT. An exact project has yet to be determined.”

Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Frank Sefford told agency leaders at a meeting Jan. 13 that beautification is also a priority for the downtown area. “We’ve already done a lot of planning and projecting 20 years down the road,” Sefford said. “We will have a standardization of how everything looks. When one looks good, they all look good.”

Smith is also the council liaison to the newly formed citizens’ forum which meets for the first time in February.

“The citizens’ forum will help in many ways. Several people are interested in beautifying Cove and will bring up what they want to see in Cove, especially with businesses, and we will report that back to the Economic Development Commission,” she said.


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