By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The City Council will decide tonight whether to give the city manager the authority to finish an economic development deal started in June 1998.

Presently, the economic development deal consists of delivering a property deed to JIL Lone Star Automotive Inc., which is operating on the property purchased through a grant, stated information from the city.

"Really all (the business is) doing here is purchasing the property," said City Manager Steve Carpenter. "All (the council) is doing is giving me the ability to close out of the loan."

In June 1998, the city received an economic development grant, which it used to help create JIL Lone Star Automotive, or Lone Star RV Center, on Central Texas Expressway, to promote economic growth in the city, stated a drafted resolution from the city.

The city and the business went through the grant process together, and in doing so it created a low-interest loan for the business through the state, and created a business in the city, Carpenter said.

Since then the business has been paying money on that loan to the city, which the city is repaying to the state and to a bank for the grant, Carpenter said. The businesses portion of the contract is substantially complete and it can now acquire the land.

"(The grant) is completing what we set out to do, which was creating a business," Carpenter said.

The council will also:

Have a public hearing to consider adding one stop sign on Miller's Crossing, 1,024 feet west of the Helm's Way intersection centerline.

Consider a request from the Harker Heights Knights Court Booster Club regarding the Dave Campbell Football Classic.

Receive a presentation from Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, and Legion Riders regarding the Harker Heights Parks & Recreation Adaptive Sports Program.

Receive a presentation from a city resident about a complaint against a city police officer.

Receive a presentation from business owner about smoke from a bar next door to his business entering his business.

Deliberate in a closed meeting about commercial or financial information the council received from a business prospect the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the general area of the U.S. Highway 190 corridor between Rosewood Retirement Center and The Shops at Modoc.

The council meets in the Kitty Young Council Chambers in city hall, 305 Miller's Crossing.

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

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