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Buried waste creates waves in parking lot

City looks into taking on rehabilitation project for over $200,000

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:30 am

The Killeen City Council is considering a $471,500 project to rehabilitate a five-acre piece of a former city landfill that is now leased to the Texas Army National Guard.

If the project is approved, the Texas Guard would reimburse the city $265,650, leaving $205,850 as Killeen’s portion.

The Guard has leased the property for its armory, at the corner of W.S. Young Drive and Little Nolan Road, since 1980 and has noted dramatic waves forming in the asphalt of the facility’s parking lot.

The waves are caused by shifts in the soil, which result from the natural decay of buried waste. The facility is largely unusable for its intended purpose because of the soil damage, according to city documents.

The 14.5-acre property has not been used as a landfill since 1965.

“Vehicles coming in and out have to be careful not to do damage,” said Master Sgt. Michael Thorpe, a recruiting officer for the Texas Army National Guard.

Thorpe said two units — about 300 Guardsmen — train each month at the armory, and the parking lot fills during peak times.

“It may be an inconvenience but that is all it is, a slight inconvenience,” Thorpe said.

A parking lot rehabilitation was not included in a recent Guard-funded remodeling project for the building, Thorpe said.

The $471,500 city project calls for recompacting the first two feet of the landfill’s dirt cover and rebuilding the armory parking lot.

“The intent of this project is to go in once and not have to revisit this again in 10 or 15 years,” said Scott Osburn, deputy city attorney of public works, during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Osburn said if the council approves the project, the design could start immediately and construction could be completed in 12 to 14 weeks.

The proposal also includes a geotechnical test to determine whether the ground has been properly compacted before installing the new parking lot.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Dan Corbin requested more details on the scope of the project.

A council vote on the proposal is expected at its next regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 101 N. College St.

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