The Killeen City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a bid to complete the city’s manhole rehabilitation project.

The council accepted a $296,072 bid from Insituform Technologies LLC,

The nod from the council will allow the city to complete its final phase of the project: rehabilitating 632 manholes and cleanouts, said Sean Ray, city project engineer.

The project is part of the city’s professional services agreement with Pipeline Analysis, which was approved in May 2012. The final phase included the city’s sanitary sewer evaluation survey, which called for the inspection of 2,820 manholes and 860 mainline cleanouts.

Of those inspected, 632 were found defective, according to city documents.

Ray said the previous phase was completed May 10 with the rehabilitation of 3,590 manholes for $1.7 million.

The project is being funded by a 2007 water and sewer bond fund.

Council OKs Police grant

The council also unanimously approved a grant that will allow the Killeen Police Department to step up its patrols and increase the number of DWI checkpoints conducted throughout the city.

Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said the funds from the Texas Department of Transportation will allow the department to conduct “selective traffic enforcement activities” in an overtime capacity.

The city is obligated to match the funds received in the amount of $51,043, and TxDOT will put in $81,600 for a total award of $132,643.

Baldwin said funds will be used to pay officers’ overtime and for vehicle mileage to work speed enforcement on designated portions of U.S. Highway 190, Central Texas Expressway, Elms Road, W.S. Young Drive, and Clear Creek and Trimmier roads.

About $40,000 in matching funds will be required to pay salary costs and fringe benefits not covered by the grant. About $11,000 will be required to pay mileage costs for vehicle operations.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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