COPPERAS COVE — Low-income housing, a redesign for Fire Station No. 2, free fitness classes for the community and a new public forum topped the list of agenda items for the Copperas Cove City Council on Tuesday.
Council members voted unanimously to move into phase two to build a second set of low-income apartments by Cinergy Cinemas.
On Tuesday, Copperas Cove entered into an agreement to grant funds of $330,000 to Brazos Valley Construction to build a 72-unit structure adjacent to the existing structure, which is filled to capacity.
Based on the funds granted, each apartment unit would cost approximately $4,800 to build. The $4.7 million bond that residents passed in November 2012 to relocate Fire Station No. 2 is still unspent.
All three bids received to fund the one-mile relocation of Fire Station No. 2, which currently sits outside City Park, were rejected Tuesday because they came in well over the budgeted cost, said Fire Chief Burney Baskett.
He said the city negotiated and budgeted the project cost as economical as possible.
“If we cut any more from the project, we won’t have a functional fire station. We plan a redesign of things we have learned over the last few months and hopefully will get it under bid,” Baskett said.
He said there has been some local interest in bidding on the project and he hopes that a greater number of bids will be submitted in the rebid process.
In other business, Copperas Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner agreed to waive the fees for three personal trainers to use Ogletree Gap Park pavillion to offer a free fit camp for residents including city employees. The three trainers work for Cove Fitness but executed the agreement as individuals outside their employment with the gym.
“I have the authority to waive the fees and agreed to let them use the pavilion if employees were also allowed to participate at no cost ensuring there is a public benefit for free use of the facility,” Gardner said. “So, it is beneficial not only to employees, but also residents.”
The city’s fitness program for employees has been in place for three yearsand Gardner said they have seen great success in employee health and wellness.
Also Tuesday, the council approved appointments to the new Copperas Cove Citizens’ Forum.
The forum was formed after a survey in September resulted in residents expressing a need for improvement in a handful of areas. Seven residents and two alternates were selected to serve, with Councilwoman Marty Smith serving as the group’s council liaison.
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