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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:30 am

The Killeen City Council is considering allowing city staff to enter into negotiations with a construction management company to build a new fire station.

John Sutton, assistant city manager, said historically the Killeen Fire Department has overseen the construction of its stations.

“We (city staff) believe by hiring a construction management team, the end product will be of greater value to both the fire department and the citizens it serves,” he said.

Fire Station No. 9 will be on Bunny Trail, two blocks from Stan Schlueter Loop.

Councilman Terry Clark said in essence the council would be authorizing the city to “hire construction experts to be construction experts, so our fire experts can be fire experts.”

According to city documents, a panel consisting of Sutton, City Manager Glenn Morrison and Fire Chief Jerry Gardner interviewed representatives from three firms and settled on Vanir Construction Management Inc.

Any agreement drawn up between the city and Vanir Construction will go back before the council for final approval.

The council will vote on whether or not to allow city staff to enter into negotiations at its 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the council chambers, 101 N. College St.

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1 comment:

  • Alvin posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    Alvin Posts: 194

    In accordance with the way the city is ran now, I personally feel it now appears with the appointment of Morrison, the subsequent appointment of 2 or 3 assistant city managers, now it is felt that the fire department can no longer function to fulfill, as an entity, the role of operating as it's own construction manager. The reasoning behind this move is not known and I won't delve into this matter. What I am concerned about is, it should be noted that Morrison asked for and received 2 or 3 junior positions of assistant managers because he was 'overloaded' and could not function as the city manager. Now it seems that, for whatever reasoning, it is determined that a new fire station is to be built. He appoints himself, the city manager, Sutton, serving as assistant city manager, and the Fire Chief as a 3rd member of the tripartite panel that is to 'find a Project Management' firm to fulfill that function. I don't want to comment on the merits of this decision, what I want to comment about is the fact that, 1) if he city manager was so overloaded, why is he micro-managing all projects? By the fact that Assistant Manager, John Sutton, is quoted as saying 'historically the Killeen Fire Department has overseen the construction of its stations.' Does the city now feel that they, the fire department' were negligent in the performance of this function? If not then, why does the city feel the obligation to spend extra money? In the statement ' we (city staff) believe by hiring a construction management team, the end product will be of greater value to both the fire department and the citizens it serves,” he said. Who is the 'city staff' that makes this statement? And, again, I personally feel that 'the staff' has overstepped it's bounds, (putting the cart before the horse) by the action taken here, putting out a call for a project management firm, and tentatively awarding a contract, before the issue has even been decided. I feel that there is too much of that sort of activity going on with this city council we have now, but that is just my own personal opinion.