The Killeen City Council is scheduled to discuss the reworking of its ground transportation ordinance in light of new state legislation on ride-sharing apps at its workshop meeting today.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 100 on May 29, washing away local regulations on ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft and requiring companies to meet Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations permitting standards.
In Killeen, local cab companies repeatedly lobbied the council for greater enforcement of Uber, which has been in Killeen since summer 2015, and Lyft, which arrived in March.
With the state’s decision, local municipalities can no longer impose regulations on those companies but can still regulate ground transportation companies such as taxi and limousine services that operate under franchise agreements with the city.
In other business, the council will discuss the creation of the 2017 Water and Wastewater Master Plan by Dallas-based engineering firm Freese & Nichols. The total cost of the contract is $338,400.
The city’s last Water and Wastewater Plan was drafted in 2012, and all of a $20.2 million water and sewer bond issue to pay for projects in that plan has been used or allocated, according to a council memorandum.
The master plan is a comprehensive analysis of the city’s current infrastructure and a multi-year outlay of needed capital improvements and repairs. The analysis would include hydraulic model updates, system evaluation, capital improvement plans and advanced water modeling.
The council will also discuss two resolutions authorizing phase 10 of the city’s septic tank elimination projects at a cost of $118,340 and the rehabilitation of 5,130 feet of wastewater main lines at a cost of $655,570.
The council’s workshop will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Utilities Collection Building, 210 W. Avenue C.