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Killeen to pay $30 million to build new water treatment plant

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:30 am

The Killeen City Council approved Tuesday an agreement with Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 for the financing, design and construction of a water treatment plant on Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

The amendment to the city’s existing contract with WCID-1 will give the city an additional 10 million gallons of treated water per day, and is projected to meet the city’s growing water needs for the next two decades. It adds to the city’s current 32 million gallons per day from Belton Lake.

The city was forced to begin planning for future water usage when it began flirting with surpassing state water regulations in 2011.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires a city to begin planning for future usage once it reaches 85 percent of its peak treatment capacity, which the city came close to in 2011.

The city has a contract with WCID-1 for treated water from Belton Lake at a rate of 62 cents per thousand gallons.

City Manager Glenn Morrison said the amendment to the contract will translate to the same rate to the Stillhouse Hollow plant.

The contract also states that WCID-1 will issue the debt services for the plant construction at its current rate of 62 cents per thousand gallons.

The contract also provides the city with 2 million gallons of interim water while the plant is under construction. The city is only charged for what it uses.

The plant will serve Killeen and neighboring cities. The city is expected to fund nearly $30 million for the facility’s construction.

Martie Simpson, city finance director, said at a November council workshop meeting that the total debt service is slightly more than $87 million, which includes existing debt and debt that will come into play.

The city will put in an initial cash outlay of $5 million for the construction, rather than issuing capitalized interest.

Purple Heart City

Killeen is the second city in Bell County, and the fifth in the state, to bear the Purple Heart City designation.

The council Tuesday voted in favor of bearing the designation. Purple Heart cities are known for their dedication to veterans, and the designation pays tribute to servicemen and -women who received the honor.

Harker Heights was the first in the county to become a Purple Heart City when its council declared the designation in mid-January.

There are 282 Purple Heart cities in the country. Texas is home to fuve: Harker Heights, Georgetown, Kerrville, Lubbock and Killeen. Kerr County is the only county in the state to bear the designation.

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1 comment:

  • Alvin posted at 10:34 am on Fri, Feb 14, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 207

    I've waited for over 24 hours to see if there are any comments coming on this contract for the city's contract to increase in water projections. There are none.
    I say 'increase in water projections to meet the city's growing water needs' because that's the wording that is/was used. To carry on with the verbiage, 'The city was forced to begin planning for future water usage when it began flirting with surpassing state water regulations in 2011.' The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires a city to begin planning for future usage once it reaches 85 percent of its peak treatment capacity, which the city came close to in 2011. The key words here are 'Flirting' and 'city came close in 2011'. I believe that was a single issue back in 2011. It had to do with the number of meters that could be installed. Once the city had 'noted' the issue, it was free to move on to bigger and better things, like recycle that they want the city to pay for.
    Now I have nothing against building a water system for the future, introducing a recycle plan to offset the growing problem of 'waste', but not on my dime.
    The plans call for the introduction of building a new water plant on Stillhouse Hollow lake for which a number of city's were to receive the benefits, namely 'Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, 439 WSC, and Bell Co WCID#3'. The total issuance is 'projected' to be $50,100,000.00 of which Killeen has to share the costs in the sum of $25,800,000.00. I note that the 'Planned Issuer Equity Contribution is in the amount of $5,000,000.00'. I also note that 'none of the other entities have contributed so that the 'issue summary total is $5,000,000.00'. I asked once before 'if Killeen had that sum of money burning through their fingers, why did they NOT see their way to reducing the water bill for ALL of us, the citizens of Killeen'? What about 'the transparency issue'? Now don't get me wrong, but why is it that Killeen gets to be 'the good guy' and pay the 'Planed Insurer equity Contribution' when none of the 'other ententes' contributes?
    I've just looked to 'refresh my memory' on the internet copy of the city council meeting of 2-11-14, and low and behold, it's not there anymore. All that's available is 2-18-14 and referring back to the 'Agenda and Meetings' section, I find that the upcoming meetings only list Feb. 25, 2014 and the city council agendas only list Feb 18, 2014, and when referring back to council Presentation and Recording – 2012 to 2014 the latest issuance is 1-28-14. There is 'nothing' pertaining to anything earlier or the past city council meetings. It was there 2 days ago. Hmmm. It was there and then it wasn't. Again, what about transparency...

     

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