By Rebecca Rose

Harker Heights Herald

Harker Heights City Council members were filled in on a proposed new housing community and updated on upgrades of Indian Trail during a workshop Tuesday.

Representatives from Versa Development met with the council to explain details of a planned development located at Nola Ruth Road and Old Nolanville Road.

Versa plans to construct a 96-unit independent-living facility for residents age 55 and over. The complex would feature 96 living units on seven acres of the property. Gary Dillard, Versa development manager, said the target market for the units would be retiring baby boomers who do not want or need to live in assisted-living facilities.

Versa also plans to build an office complex on the front two acres of the property. Versa will next meet with the planning and zoning committee on June 27 before presenting its final plan to the City Council.

Public Works Director Mark Hyde addressed the council about a series of complaints received from residents about trash not being picked up.

"They are leaving bags of leaves and other things they don't consider residential trash," he said.

Hyde addressed the original contract with CenTex, which stipulates the company "shall collect and deliver for disposal all garbage, trash, brush and any other refuse as defined in the city's Municipal Solid Waste Management Regulations."

Hyde said CenTex trucks were leaving behind bags of garbage that were not being picked up until later in the week. He said CenTex wanted to require a limit on the number of bags and items left for daily pickups.

City Manager Steve Carpenter said that if the company needed to change terms of its contract, it needed to come before the City Council and explain the issue.

"When they just stop service people are used to, to me, that is not acceptable," he said.

Hyde also gave an update on the planned resurfacing project for Indian Trail Road. The scope of the project involves overlaying the road with two inches of new asphalt. The section of the road project is from the intersection at Osage Trace to the U.S. 190/frontage road intersection. The city also will build a sidewalk on the south side of the road.

Hyde discussed the bids that were received for the project with the council.

The city requested submissions from interested contractors for a base bid on the overlay and sidewalk construction, as well as four alternate options.

The contractors were asked to submit bids on several different combinations of the base bid and the alternate projects.

The city received bids from four construction companies in all.

"The project was bid in several different parts," he said.

The intent was to give flexibility when determining how best to move forward with the project, he said.

Hyde said his department would recommend that the council accept a $970,172 bid from TTG Utilities LLP. Hyde said TTG Utilities' bid also included a proposal for two alternate projects, including the completion of another sidewalk on the north side of the street.

Contact Rebecca Rose at or (254) 501-7548. Follow her on Twitter at KDHheights.

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