By Jackie Stone
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS – The city moved forward Monday on plans to annex two separate stretches of land around the new high school and sports complex.
At its meeting Monday night, the City Council authorized moving forward and collecting surveys in preparation to annex Area 12 and Area 6 for future growth.
The plots are two of four areas recommended as possible annexations for the city by the council's annexation committee last year.
The two areas the council approved seeking surveys for will not cost the city any capital improvement money because they already have utilities service, City Manager Michael Stoldt said.
Area 12 is about 133 acres along U.S. Highway 183 south from the city limits to the new Lampasas High School and including Highway 281. Area 6 extends from the city limits to the end of the sports complex along FM 580, and would add about 312 acres to the city, according to city documents.
Once the surveys are done, the city will send out notices to affected landowners and conduct public hearings before voting on approval.
The other two areas the annexation committee suggested be annexed would require the city to expend significant funds for utilities service.
Council members voted Monday to add those two areas, Area 4 and Area 1, to a list of projects that will be considered when the city makes its five-year capital improvements plan in 2011.
The five-year plan will include major improvement projects for the city that could include items from the annexations to a new community center and library, Stoldt said.
"Right now we're in the process of identifying projects," Stoldt said. "The council didn't approve that funding, they've just thrown them in the mix for consideration."
Stoldt said the cost to extend utilities at Area 1 and Area 4 has been estimated at $1.816 million and $1.59 million, respectively.
In other action;
The council approved an ordinance on first reading for a new four-way stop at First Street and Samac Lane, and an unchanged annual investment policy.
Members also continued discussion from an earlier meeting about city funding for Vision Lampasas!
At the last council meeting, the council considered but did not act on a budget amendment to use city funds to hire a permanent staff member for Vision Lampasas! Instead the council suggested the funds go to Vision Lampasas! through the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation.
Stoldt said the LEDC preferred to support Vision Lampasas! by sending funds to specific projects in the next fiscal year rather than a position.
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