By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The City Council is choosing a contractor to build a much-needed sidewalk to the high school during its 5 p.m. meeting today.

The project on Farm-to-Market 2410 will include a 6-foot-wide sidewalk from Indian Trail to the existing sidewalk on the north side of FM 2410 near Cedar Knob Road and a 40-foot pedestrian bridge over a drainage ditch at Harker Heights Community Park, according to city documents.

The project could cost the city anywhere from $130,000 to $284,000, depending on the contractor.

"A large number of students from the Indian Trail subdivisions walk along FM 2410 to and from Harker Heights High School," the document stated.

The City Council has discussed the project numerous times since rebuilding Indian Trail to include sidewalks on both sides of the road.

During meetings in December 2009 and April, the council agreed that the project would benefit the quality of life in the city by providing a safe place to walk. It meets the needs of the 2007 "Exploring New Heights II" resident survey.

"(The students) have no where else to go ..." Assistant City Manager Patty Brunson said during the December meeting about high schoolers walking along FM 2410 in the grass and crossing the busy road.

The council will also:

Conduct a public hearing to consider the environmental impact of the Purser Family Park Project on the floodplain.

Conduct a public hearing to consider a city resolution designating certain officials as being responsible for acting on the city's behalf in dealing with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Consider a city resolution to prevent mining and drilling on city property being used for a Texas Parks & Wildlife development project.

Consider an ordinance amending the existing gas franchise between the city and ATMOS Energy Corp. to provide for a different consideration; providing for an effective date; and providing for acceptance by ATMOS.

Receive and discuss a presentation from a resident about getting second notices for his water bill, but not getting the original bill.

Receive and discuss a presentation from a resident regarding being denied the opportunity to display sale items outside of his store.

Receive and discuss a presentation from Robert Ator with Hill Country Transit Authority regarding updates to The HOP and a funding request.

Receive and discuss a presentation from Francie Charles with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas regarding a funding request.

Receive and discuss a presentation from Bill Kozlik, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce president, regarding updates on the chamber.

Discuss the third quarter investment report for fiscal year 2009-10.

In a closed meeting, deliberate about commercial or financial information the council received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the U.S. Highway 190 corridor between Rosewood Retirement Center and The Shops at Modoc and on property located in the general area of FM 2410 and Verna Lee Boulevard.

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

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

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