By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
Additional spending for a Watercrest Road reconstruction project came under question after it was pulled from the consent agenda at the Killeen City Council's Tuesday meeting.
A $44,000 change order to the reconstruction contract with JC Evans Co. LP was to pay for additional drainage work, sub-grade stabilization and fencing.
Councilman Ernest Wilkerson said the project was seeking its sixth change order, which if approved would put the project about $92,000 over its original bid.
"This should have been bid during the bidding process. Why's it coming to us now?" Wilkerson asked.
Assistant City Engineer George Lueck told Wilkerson that much of the work wasn't foreseen because of issues found underground.
"When you open up the earth you're always going to find areas the original Geo cache did not catch," Lueck said.
The change order also added additional grate inlets for people who dedicated land for the project. All together, the additional spending will put the project 1.56 percent over the original bid of $5,855,900.
According to the meeting's agenda, the additional construction will add about four more days to construction time.
A full council unanimously approved the change order. About 50 people were in attendance.
Lueck said Lockwood, Andrews & Newman Inc. was signed on as the project's engineers.
Council approved a contact with Ingram Library Services for future book purchases. This could help offset a disparity between Killeen's booming population and its lack of library materials to meet state standards.
The 1972 Texas Library Systems Act requires cities have a one-to-one ratio of items to residents. Items that count include books, DVDs, audio books and electronic books.
As of August, the library had about 107,000 items.
U.S. Census Bureau numbers estimate about 119,512 people were living in Killeen as of 2009. In 2006, the it listed Killeen's population at 102,003.