The Killeen City Council is considering allowing city staff to enter into negotiations with a construction management company to build a new fire station.
John Sutton, assistant city manager, said historically the Killeen Fire Department has overseen the construction of its stations.
“We (city staff) believe by hiring a construction management team, the end product will be of greater value to both the fire department and the citizens it serves,” he said.
Fire Station No. 9 will be on Bunny Trail, two blocks from Stan Schlueter Loop.
Councilman Terry Clark said in essence the council would be authorizing the city to “hire construction experts to be construction experts, so our fire experts can be fire experts.”
According to city documents, a panel consisting of Sutton, City Manager Glenn Morrison and Fire Chief Jerry Gardner interviewed representatives from three firms and settled on Vanir Construction Management Inc.
Any agreement drawn up between the city and Vanir Construction will go back before the council for final approval.
The council will vote on whether or not to allow city staff to enter into negotiations at its 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the council chambers, 101 N. College St.