By Taylor Short

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE – The City Council will consider purchasing land for a new fire station and annexing an elementary school at its regular meeting today.

Fire Chief Mike Baker said the 33-year-old station is too small, crumbling and not energy-efficient. He said the cost of maintenance is becoming too much to keep it up.

"We're going to relocate it, too, and that's probably the most important thing," he said. "The city has grown out of that area, so it needs to be relocated so we can equitably deliver services to our citizens."

The land is located at the corner of Farm-to-Market 1113 and Grimes Crossing Road in Coryell County and would cost the city $138,000 for 4.6 acres. The city would also receive an additional 2.2 acres as a donation, according to city documents.

Coryell County agrees to pay reimbursement of up to $16,500 toward the purchase with Copperas Cove paying the remaining balance through 2008 tax notes.

Baker said the city would seek architectural and engineering proposals after the purchase.

The council will also consider approving the annexation of Taylor Creek Elementary, located at 2096 Big Divide Road.

The school, part of the Lampasas Independent School District, sits on a 20.51-acre tract of land that is partially in Copperas Cove and partially in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

In August, LISD authorized the annexation and two public hearings were conducted by the city in December. The council's final step is the approval.

A grant application for the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program will be considered after the Texas Department of Transportation's Waco District Office recommended revisions. The project, called the Ogletree Gap Hike & Bike Trail Extension, to be funded by the grant includes more than 21,000 feet of 6-foot-wide sidewalks, extending from U.S. Highway 190 at Cline Drive down to South FM 116 and down to FM 3046.

According to the agreement, Copperas Cove would pay 20 percent of the project and would be responsible for "all non-federally fundable items and 100 percent of overruns" if the grant is awarded.

The council meets at 6 p.m. for a workshop session and 7 p.m. in regular session at the City Hall council chambers at 507 S. Main St. in Copperas Cove.

Contact Taylor Short at or (254) 501-7476.

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