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Killeen seeks new home for water dept.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:19 pm, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

The authorization for the purchase of a new facility by the city of Killeen for its Water and Sewer Department is up for the council’s consideration at today’s 5 p.m. workshop meeting at the Utility Collections Building, 210 W. Avenue C.

City officials said the move is necessary because the department has outgrown its current facility at 1901 Botanical Drive.

According to the proposal before council members, the city is seeking to purchase the former Elliot Electric facility. Elliot Electric moved out of the building, at 805 W. Jasper Drive, in January 2012.

The 1.25-acre property includes an 8,750-square-foot warehouse and two adjacent buildings with a combined 2,460 square feet.

The property was appraised at $466,000; however, the city, through negotiations with Elliot Electric, is seeking to purchase the property for $435,000, according to city documents.

The total fiscal impact is estimated to be around $767,000, which was budgeted into the 2013-2014 budget, after the facility is developed to meet the Water and Sewer Department’s needs.

The council also will consider allowing the city to enter into a $296,000 contract with Insituform Technologies, LLC, for the completion of Phase 3 of the manhole rehabilitation project.

An amendment to the city’s ordinance regarding masonry and design standards also is up for consideration at today’s workshop.

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