City officials said help is on the way from the federal government.

Copperas Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner said she has received calls from both Sen. John Cornyn’s and Congressman Roger Williams’ offices that legislation on at least one of the issues that she and Councilman Gary Kent presented in Washington last month was being drafted and should be in both the House and Senate by December or early January.

Gardner and Kent presented a comprehensive list of legislative concerns that included among other issues assistance from the federal government to authorize a proposed land exchange with Fort Hood for about 300 acres. The property from U.S. Highway 190 to Farm-to-Market 116 will become separated from the rest of Fort Hood upon completion of State Highway 9.

Approximately 800 acres of city and Economic Development Corporation land along FM 116 adjacent to Fort Hood’s northwestern maneuver area will be considered in the land exchange to expand the current training area of the installation.

Other concerns included financial assistance with the disabled veterans property exemption tax, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, preventing the use of an executive order to expand federal jurisdiction over waterways as part of the Clean Water Act, and preventing the overuse and misuse of the Endangered Species Act, specifically fresh water mussels and their impact on water projects.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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