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Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:13 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS – The City Council today will consider authorizing the city to use the 2009 international building codes.

The council has discussed the building codes a number of times, but the codes were not adopted during a previous meeting because of a dispute over the cost of inspections of irrigation systems' backflow prevention devices.

An irrigation backflow prevention device is part of a residential or commercial property's irrigation system that stops contaminants like animal waste from getting into the city's water supply.

Last week Planning and Development Director Tommy Garcia delivered a plan to the City Council that the governing body agreed would reduce the cost of the annual inspections for residents.

The inspections would first be moved to every five years for residents, Garcia's plan stated.

The city will then also offset the cost for residents whose irrigation systems do not a have backflow prevention device by paying for the installation.

The program will only be for single-family residences, and will only pay for the backflow system installation, the plan stated.

The building official will work with the property owner to hire a licensed plumber or irrigator, and the funds will be either given directly to the contractor or as a reimbursement after the work has been completed, the plan stated.

The City Council also will:

Consider the purchase of three police vehicles.

Consider vacating an eastern portion of an easement in the Evergreen subdivision.

Receive an annual report from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The City Council meets in the Kitty Young Council Chambers at City Hall, 305 Miller's Crossing.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

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