By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The city council will discuss several issues dealing with proposed expansion of the sanitary sewer infrastructure east on Farm-to-Market 2410 into areas annexed in 2004 and 2009 at its 3 p.m. meeting and workshop today.

The city received notice on Sept. 28 from the state that it is eligible to apply for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan, which could fund up to roughly $8.115 million in sewer projects, according to city documents.

The council first needs to decide if city is interested in taking the loan by Oct. 27, but it doesn't have to take the full amount, City Manager Steve Carpenter said.

Interest for the loan would be 2.35 percent for 20 years, which is "a lot lower" than the city will be able to get anywhere else, Carpenter said.

As part of the discussion, the council will hear a presentation about the timing of various phases of the sewer infrastructure along FM 2410; sizing of the interceptors, lift stations, and force mains; expanding the capacity of current wastewater plant versus building a new plant; and financing the infrastructure.

Several options are available for installing the infrastructure, Carpenter said. The city could build a new treatment facility in the area, pump the effluent back to the wastewater treatment plant in the north part of town, run lines along Nolan Creek, or try to seek a joint agreement with Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 to operate a wastewater treatment facility.

Current sewer lines stop just before Comanche Gap Road, Carpenter said.

Beside discussing the type of infrastructure, the council is going have to look at how to phase the project.

"I don't know what the best option is," Carpenter said, stating the city is still exploring its options. "We are just beginning to look at the back bone (of the infrastructure expansion)."

The council will also discuss a request from Jim Wright to extend water and sewer outside the city limits.

Other agenda items include:

Discuss presentation about a grease trap inspection program.

In a closed meeting, deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect the city council seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the city and with which the city council is conducting economic development negotiations.

The council meets in the Kitty Young Council Chambers at city hall, 305 Miller's Crossing.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

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