The Killeen City Council voted to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Harker Heights to extend the Heritage Oaks Hike and Bike Trail across city lines at its regular meeting Tuesday.
The agreement will allow Killeen to extend segment 3A of the trail east of Rosewood Drive to Purser Park in Heights.
The Heritage Oaks trail, a proposed nine-mile project in total, will be funded primarily by federal grants with a 20 percent local match from the city of Killeen. The portion of the project extending into Harker Heights is worth an estimated $18,500, according to Director of Public Works David Olson.
The council voted to approve the agreement 4-2 with Councilwoman Shirley Fleming and Councilman Steve Harris voting in dissent. Mayor Jose Segarra was absent from the meeting.
Fleming said she had a number of questions concerning the 0.6-mile extension of Rosewood Drive to Chaparral Road, which is part of a larger project with the Heritage Oaks Trail extension.
Councilman Juan Rivera, citing the seven-year process to secure federal funding for the project, said the city had to follow through on its promises to residents.
“It’s time to deliver,” he said. “This is a quality-of-life thing, and they are expecting this.”
On Thursday, the city held a public hearing on the road extension project, which will be contained within Killeen city limits.
The project will include the construction of a 284-foot-long bridge over Trimmier Creek, south of the White Rock Estates subdivision.
The land for the project is owned by Killeen Chaparral Development, LLC, with Gary “Bubba” Purser, Jr. listed as the agent of record.
Residents can submit public comment on the project to the city before Nov. 3.
In other business, the council approved terminating the lease of Green Beans Coffee from the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport after the business announced its closing in September, citing financial concerns.
The business was in arrears on rent payments to the city since the lease was signed in November 2016, according to city officials. Killeen Director of Aviation Matthew Van Valkenburgh did not provide an exact figure the business owed the city.