LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting a $7.8 million bid for the construction of two segments of the Heritage Oaks Hike and Bike Trail and the extension of Rosewood Drive at its workshop session at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The council will discuss a bid from Belton-based James Construction Group to construct the final leg of the trail that extends from Interstate 14 to Chaparral Road. The trail will end in Purser Park in Harker Heights.

The project would also include the construction of 0.6 miles of road to connect Rosewood Drive to Chaparral Road. The extension will include the construction of a 284-foot-long bridge over Trimmier Creek, south of the White Rock Estates subdivision.

On Dec. 19, the council voted 5-2 to accept the dedication of 90 acres of right of way valued at approximately $1.2 million for the trail and extension. The land, dedicated by companies owned by the Gary W. Purser Jr. family, helped pave the way for approximately $6.5 million in federal funds for the regional project.

As a project that qualifies for federal funding for Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization, the city of Killeen will be responsible for a 20 percent match of the $7.8 million. The original projected cost of the project, according to the city, was $10.5 million.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. at the Utilities Collection Building, 210 W. Avenue C.

The agenda can be viewed at killeen.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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Alvin

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Copy: 'The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting a $7.8 million bid for the construction of two segments of the Heritage Oaks Hike and Bike Trail and the extension of Rosewood Drive at its workshop session at 5 p.m. Tuesday.' End of copy.
Now correct me if I don't have the correct facts and figures, but isn't that the parcel of land that was donated to the city of Killeen, that will require a '284 foot bridge, and a 0.6 stretch of road, and that will terminate at the parks namesake. And wasn't it said that it would take approximately $200,000 per year just to maintain that section of free land. We cannot maintain our roadways as it is now...
Why is it a bridge with 0.6 miles of road that is necessary to connect Rosewood Drive to Chaparral Road???? Why not an 'elevated walkway minus the bridge and inter-connecting roads???? Is this city trying to 'get something for nothing'????
Copy: 'As a project that qualifies for federal funding for Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization, the city of Killeen will be responsible for a 20 percent match of the $7.8 million. The original projected cost of the project, according to the city, was $10.5 million.' End of copy.
As of Dec.19, 2017, the budget had already been finalized so 'is this additional funding that would be required, either $1.2 million based on a projected $7.8 million or $2.1 million based on a projected $10.5 million???? In either case, we have exasperated our funds just based on where we are now in accordance with roadway maintenance and construction.
Sounds like another fiasco involving the city of Killeen.

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One of the 4.58 % who voted.

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