By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The City Council approved seeking a loan not to exceed $9 million on Tuesday night for future city projects.

According to the ordinance, the funds - certificates of obligation - will be for improvements to the city's water and sewer system; improvements to streets, roads and highways; and construction and equipment for city parks.

Finance Director Alberta Barrett told the council that it would have to clarify the definitions of projects at a later date as well as determine how much the city should borrow.

The council can also decide to reduce the cost of the loan until March 8, when the city will receive bids for the loan, Barrett said.

On Jan. 18, the council advised the city staff to seek up to $9 million after discussing a list of 21 projects that could be funded by the loan and reviewing the effects the loan would have on the general operating budget and the utility fund.

Some of the projects on the list included a sewer project along Farm-to-Market 2410, U-turn bridges for Central Texas Expressway at FM 2410, widening of FM 2410 from Central Texas Expressway to Roy Reynolds Drive, Indian Trail reconstruction from Osage to U.S. Highway 190, a third fire station, a new police firing range, a new recreation center and municipal building.

The council has yet to decide which projects will be funded.

An ordinance pertaining to grease and grit traps was also adopted by the council.

The new ordinance creates regulations to help reduce the amount of fats, oils and grease that get into the sanitary sewer system.

The ordinance creates a cleaning schedule for grease and grit traps as well as standards for constructing and using grease traps, Public Works Director Mark Hyde said.

Large grease traps would be required to be fully evacuated at least every 90 days, unless the business obtains an exception from the public works director, the ordinance states. Regardless of exception, the traps would have to be evacuated every 180 days.

Smaller grease traps, self-cleaners, must be no larger than 50 gallons and the organization that uses such grease traps must keep records of the traps' maintenance, according to the ordinance.

The council also:

Annexed about 88 acres of land on the corner of Chaparral Road and Stillhouse Lake Road.

Appointed members to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Library Board, the Public Safety Commission and the Animal Advisory Committee

Suspended the Feb. 14 effective date of Oncor Electric Delivery Company's requested rate change.

Appointed Mayor Pro Tem Sam Murphey to the Hill Country Transit Authority Board for a term of four years ending Jan. 7, 2015.

Discussed a presentation from a resident regarding the drainage ditch behind his house.

Conducted a closed meeting to consult with the city attorney on pending litigation about the condemnation of property owned by Luree Inc. on Veterans

Memorial Boulevard.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554.

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