COPPERAS COVE — The city will save 39 percent more of fees collected for past-due EMS bills, after the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Security Collection Agency as the city’s new provider.

SCA will charge only 20 percent of what it collects as compared to 33 percent charged by the previous collection agency.

In other action, the council approved Gatesville-based TTG Construction’s bid of about $1.6 million for the Narrows Technology and Business Park.

The bid was below estimates of $1.8 million from the Economic Development Corporation and keeps the contract within Coryell County.

The Narrows site is south of Old Copperas Cove Road and east of Constitution Drive and is being built to attract businesses that will serve as job creators for the area.

Also Tuesday, City Manager Andrea Gardner discussed her recent trip to Washington, D.C., with Councilman Gary Kent’s for the national conference of the Association of the United States Army.

They presented a comprehensive list of legislative concerns that included the ongoing financial strain caused by the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption passed by the Texas Legislature, assistance from the federal government to authorize a proposed land exchange with Fort Hood for about 300 acres, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, preventing the use of an executive order to expand federal jurisdiction over waterways as part of the Clean Water Act, and preventing the overuse and misuse of the Endangered Species Act.

In other action Tuesday, the council renewed the contract of Hicks-Ray

Associates for federal legislative assistance at a cost of $1,000 per month for the next year.

Gardner said she received calls from both Sen. John Cornyn’s office and Congressman Roger Williams, R-Austin, that legislation on at least one of the issues was being drafted and should be in both the House and Senate by December

or early January.

The first of two public hearings to increase expenditures of the 2013-2014 general fund budget by $329,875 was held Tuesday.

Budget Director Ryan Haverlah said the encumbrances were rolled

forward into the new year but the unexpended budget is not automatically rolled in and requires a budget amendment.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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