Harker Heights Council members met in a workshop session Tuesday to consider improvement projects and applying for two grants.

The council heard an update on the progress of 12 capital improvement projects, three Texas Department of Transportation projects and reports on the Central Fire Station and Pet Adoption Center renovations plus improvements to bathroom facilities at Carl Levin Park.

The council authorized the city’s participation in the general victim assistance direct services program grant for funding of the Healthy Homes program and a grant for the funding of an emergency generator power system for the Recreation Center.

The list of various street, sidewalk, and water and wastewater improvements included the Mountain Lion Road retaining wall project, the Amy Lane sidewalk project, a water tank and pump station demolition project and a water tank rehabilitation project, the Warriors Path and KISD wastewater interceptor project, and a traffic roundabout at Commercial Drive and Heights Drive.

Also on the list were street improvements and Verna Lee Boulevard sidewalk extension,

Other projects on the list were the Drainage CIP No. 2 (phases 1-4); the Rummel Road lift station iron chloride odor control system; Farm-to-Market 3481 left-turn lane project at Gomer Lane, Summer Glen Drive, Fuller Lane and Del Ray Drive; traffic signal improvements at FM 3481/Vineyard Trail; and the Thoroughbred lift station abandonment.

Public Works Director Mark Hyde reported that the widening of FM 2410 from Commercial Drive to Roy Reynolds would be completed by the summer of 2019.

The widening project for Interstate 14 from the Killeen city limits to Indian Trail in Harker Heights is scheduled for completion by May 2019.

The U.S. Highway 190 bridge turnaround at FM 2410 will receive a pass-through funding agreement reimbursement.

The Central Fire Station renovation will be completed on March 23. A walk-through by the council will be on March 6.

Plans are being made for a grand opening of Central Fire Station either in late April or early May.

“The Pet Adoption Center is expected to be completed in September of this year, said Finance Director Alberta Barrett.

The Carl Levin bathroom project will be completed by August of this year.

The funds from the grant application for the police department, if approved, will provide certain improvements and additional services for the HHPD Healthy Homes Program.

The program handles over 350 referrals per year and has moved toward implementation of several additional outreach initiatives such as Heart2Heart, Take Me Home, Check on Me and RUOK?

“These funds will be used for travel and training for the professional staff and professional mental health services and emergency transportation or housing costs for crime victims,” said Deputy Chief Phil Gadd.

The council also approved an application for a grant presented by Fire Chief Paul Sims to fund an emergency generator power system for the Recreation Center.

“The request is a result of the REC center serving as the city’s primary location for emergency sheltering during disasters,” Sims said.

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