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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 4:30 am

Killeen Armed Services YMCA Executive Director Tony Mino told the Harker Heights City Council Tuesday that the Purser Family Park ASYMCA project raised $4.2 million, about the same total announced at an on-site dedication ceremony held May 31.

The lease is pending approval and signature from City Manager Steve Carpenter.

“Where we want to be at is 80 to 85 percent, then we’ll announce a groundbreaking,” Mino said.

The $9.3-million two-story facility is planned for a 2-acre tract on Mountain Lion Road between Nickelback and Modoc drives. Developers plan to include a swimming pool, therapy pool, gymnasium, exercise studio, family adventure center, nursery, climbing tower, locker rooms, a wellness center, cardio center and café.

Mayor Mike Aycock asked presenting board member Donna Connell if the facility would be open to the public, and she said it would, though part of the facility’s mission in the area is to “make military life easier,” she said.

Construction will account for about 82 percent of the project’s costs. The next biggest chunks of the funding will go toward the owner’s contingency budget — reserved for unforeseen operation costs — and professional fees and consulting, a combined $990,000.

There are currently three area ASYMCA facilities, including a family center in Copperas Cove, the national administrative office in Killeen and an aquatics and program center in Heights, all smaller than the future facility, Connell said. Board members are approaching foundations and “favored donors” to complete the funding.

In other business, during a pre-meeting employee recognition ceremony, Animal Control Officer Albert Musgrove was named Employee of the Quarter by City Manager Steve Carpenter.

Carpenter highlighted Musgrove’s work ethic and cheerful demeanor.

“Everybody that’s worked with Albert says he’s kind ... and helpful.”

Despite attempts to leave the ceremony after his coworkers were recognized, people urged him to stay.

“I was really surprised because they didn’t tell me,” Musgrove said. “I should’ve known something was up.”

Musgrove has worked for Harker Heights for three years.

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