COPPERAS COVE — City Manager Andrea Gardner announced postponement of the opening ceremony of the new U.S. Highway 190 bypass, scheduled for Tuesday, during a regular City Council meeting Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Transportation called Gardner shortly before the council meeting, stating workers needed another full day to stripe the new road.

“It can’t be striped if the temperature is below 40 degrees and they are predicting below 40-degree weather (today) all the way through the weekend. So they will not be able to get it striped,” Gardner said. “If it weren’t a new road, they would allow it to open and stripe it later, but with it being a brand new road and people are not familiar with it, it is a safety issue to open it without it being striped.”

Gardner said she hopes the ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur before the end of January. She will announce the date as soon as possible.

Another major item on the agenda was discussion of building a new facility to house the city’s information systems technology infrastructure. The city’s IT system is in the old City Hall at 507 S. Main St.

The proposed cost of a new, 6,144-square-foot building is $1,169,200 and would provide the physical security necessary to safeguard the fiber optics and servers that run the city’s technology and emergency management.

Additional office space would allow relocation of some city personnel in high-rent locations, and costs could be defrayed by selling the old building.

Council members discussed renovation instead of a new building, but system security could be compromised during renovation and no other facilities are available to relocate the system, Police Chief Tim Molnes said.

A new building would put IT in a “bunker-type system like we have at the police department,” Molnes said. “That building we have now doesn’t have the grounding in it. We’ve lost IT because of lightning strikes.”

In other business, the council considered annexation of approximately 280 acres of land north of Lutheran Church Road and west of Farm-to-Market 116.

The annexation is a voluntary petition by WBW Development Group, LLC. A second public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

Council members also held a public hearing before approving Ordinance 2015-02, concerning alcoholic beverages.

It will allow the city to continue regulating the distance a business must be from schools, churches and day care or childcare facilities in order to sell alcoholic beverages within city limits. | 254-501-7554

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