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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.

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Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs. My first question to Rivera is who is he referring to when he says "they." Does he expect "they" to kneel down and kiss his ring. This will only benefit a small fraction of the "they" in both cities so how he can call it a quality of life issue? Maybe he needs to grow up and see that this city is suffering a slow death because of council members who cares less about this city but more about what is good for their interest or good for some special interest groups but hey we will have a long sidewalk spanning parts of two cities. Two plus years a swimming pool on the west side of town has been closed. Has he bothered to notice the lack of quality of life in this part of town? I suppose he might also consider the chemical company which will probably be build in this city as a quality of life "thing" although most of the "They" in town are against it. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Copy: 'Councilman Juan Rivera, citing the seven-year process to secure federal funding for the project, “It’s time to deliver,” he said. “This is a quality-of-life thing, and they are expecting this.” End of copy.

Now this is the most absurd statement I've heard in a long time, 'This is a quality of life thing'. Does he really equate a patch of ground with a ribbon of cement across it to be 'A quality of life thing'???? I believe I read a comment by councilwoman Fleming that, and I paraphrase here. 'I don't see what benefit that this will be of my section of town it will be'. I fail to see this benefit, this 'improvement in the quality of life benefit' this would be for the people who are residing in this section of city. To me, it only has a 'benefit' from a possible 'uplifting' of the few people who will gain the added value, or benefit from actually using the 'uplifting modernization of this improvement'.

What fraction of the citizens of this town will actually 'gain' by this improvement, 1 Percent, 5 percent, 50 percent yet this city, 4 of the council people has voted for this. As this paper has stated the dissenting votes came from councilwoman Shirley Fleming and Councilman Steve Harris. I commend these 2 council persons for their courageous actions in trying to do 'what is best for the city of Killeen'.

Copy: '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.
As noted previously:

Copy: 'They are 'giving' the 93 acres, but only 6.5 acres will be used for the actual Rosewood Drive extension.
Continuation of copy: 'The land for the project is owned by Killeen Chaparral Development, LLC, with Gary “Bubba” Purser, Jr. listed as the agent of record.' End of copy.

This was also a continuation of the much larger project, to the tune of $8 million dollars to 'extend a roadway 0.6 miles, which also includes a bridge crossing over Trimmier creek'. So I ask you, 'what benefit is it going to be for people of the First District' and how much of this city's 'limited' money will be used in not only the initial cost of construction, including purchase from ' Killeen Chaparral Development, LLC, with Gary “Bubba” Purser, Jr. listed as the agent of record, but also including the continuing cost for maintenance and upkeep of these roads, including the section of roadway including the bridge necessary to span the Trimmier creek, and what are the detriments of said project???? Just something to think about.

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