By Audrey Spencer

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS - City council approved the first of five budgeted $5,000 small business grants at its meeting Monday.

A chiropractic clinic, to be located at 208 North Broad St., was one of the first two small businesses to apply for the grant and the first to be awarded.

The other applicant failed to meet the requirement of not operating before Oct. 10, when the grant resolution was passed.

Reg Cully purchased the property, formerly Joy Raab's Chiropractic Clinic, on Oct. 3, but did not open for business until Oct. 17. The new clinic will employ two people.

Lampasas Fire Chief Terry Lindsey requested approval to accept two grants from the Texas Forest Service for up to $5,400 and up to $13,200. The grants would be used to purchase wildland personal protective

equipment and high-pressure rescue tools.

The grants and proposed purchases were approved by the council, as was $6,999.99 of budgeted funds to purchase new portable radios for personnel and fire engines.

Monica Wright, director of information systems for the city, asked the council to waive a purchasing policy that requires three quotes in order to re-cable city phone lines and update computer systems. Interim City Manager Ron "Kim" Wilde endorsed the decision, describing the city's current phone and computer systems as "haphazard."

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476.

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