By Robert Nathan

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS The Harker Heights City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that will add two stop signs on Heights Drive at the Commercial Drive intersection, making the intersection a four-way stop.

On Feb. 10, The Harker Heights Police Departments Traffic Management Unit completed a survey of the traffic activity in this area, which is adjacent to the entrance of Wal-Mart, and found 9,289 vehicles are entering this intersection.

Harker Heights police said there have been 11 reported accidents at the intersection in 2005 that involved police reports. Harker Height Police Chief Michael Gentry said this does not include other traffic accidents that have not attracted police attention.

There is an engineering need when there are four (or more) accidents in the intersection, Gentry said.

The traffic management unit found a significant number of left turns and a problem with visibility, which could become more difficult as time goes on.

Before the ordinance was approved, Councilman Mike Miller expressed concern over how the addition of two stop signs will fix the problem.

Gentry replied more police will be monitoring the intersection when the stop signs are posted.

In other news, the City Council approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Steve Carpenter to sign the Harker Heights Public Librarys annual report for the local fiscal year and the system membership application form for the Texas State Library System.

The report is necessary in order for us to retain membership in the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, said Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights library director. The benefits are grant opportunities and being able to use databases.

The director of the First Baptist Church of Harker Heights Girls in Action group, Barbara Tillie, presented the organizations Care Bear program to the council. The group dedicates its time to collect stuffed animals for Harker Heights children who have experienced a traumatic situation.

Through the work of the GAs, the Care Bear program donated 70 bears in December 2005 to the city of Harker Heights police and fire departments to be handed out to the children in need.

Mayor Ed Mullen made a proclamation to the Girls in Action for their Care Bear program and gave each girl a Harker Heights medallion for giving their service to other people.

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