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Nolanville council canvasses votes, joins push for Interstate 14

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:30 am

NOLANVILLE — City Council members gathered Thursday evening to canvass the votes from the Nov. 5 election.

After council members certified the election results, incumbent board member Sherri Morales and newcomer David Brackmann remained the winners of their respective races.

In winning the Place 5 seat, Brackmann received 54 votes, or 65 percent, while his opponent, Ernesto Servan, received 29 votes, or 35 percent.

Morales was unopposed for re-election of Place 2, garnering 62 votes.

Also on the ballot was a special election.

Residents voted to reauthorize the local sales and use taxes at the rate of 0.25 percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.

The reauthorization received 75 votes, or 87 percent, in favor, and 11 votes, or 13 percent, against continuing the road tax.

In other business, following suit with neighboring cities, council members voted to allow Mayor Christina Rosenthal to write a letter showing the city’s support to have U.S. Highway 190 from Copperas Cove to Belton turned into an interstate highway.

“This could bring more business our way,” Councilman Dennis Biggs said in favor of the designation.

Spearheaded by Killeen entities, the effort calls for the highway to be co-signed Interstate 14 along with U.S. 190.

A dual designation for the highway should give the cities along the U.S. 190 corridor — Belton, Nolanville, Harker Heights, Killeen and Copperas Cove — some economic advantages that business could deem attractive, organizers said.

“This will help us continue to build relationships,” Rosenthal said.

The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation was among the first government entities to sign a resolution Oct. 24 to support the I-14 effort.

Heights voted Nov. 12 to send its letter of support to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Nolanville council will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the J.W. Sims Community Center.

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