By Jennifer Clampet

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE The city of Gatesvilles reluctance to sign a resolution for a land exchange with Coryell County because of questionable benefits has county commissioners questioning whether the joint-use airport has any value to the county.

Officials with Coryell County and the city of Gatesville have yet to work out a resolution for a land exchange that would help the county attract Central Texas College to locate a site in the county seat.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Wall said Monday he was disappointed that some Gatesville City Council members opposed a resolution the court had approved several weeks ago.

The resolution would have facilitated the exchange between the entities for two buildings: the countys old hospital building and the citys Foxworth-Galbraith building.

Wall said some council members questioned what the benefit to the city would be if the exchange occurred.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Cliff Price said during Commissioners Court on Monday that the council was concerned with the value of the city property as compared to that of the countys property.

Price said the city was also concerned with the costs associated with asbestos removal in both buildings.

However, Wall alluded to possible animosity between a City Council member and a CTC board member as a contributing factor to the citys reluctance to agree to a land exchange.

Sometimes we let some of our personal feelings get involved as a board and we dont need to do that, Wall said.

Wall turned the issue around and said he was questioning what benefit the Gatesville/Coryell County Airport had for the county.

Im thinking of drawing up a contract to get the county out of the airport business, Wall said.

The joint-owned airport is located just inside Gatesvilles city limits, and plans are under way for a widening project that is expected to cost the city and the county $120,000 each.

Maybe the city would like to pay an additional $120,000 on top of what theyre already expecting to pay, Wall said.

Price seemed to agree with Wall about the airport, adding that joint-use facilities were almost impossible to run effectively because of arguments between entities.

Beyond that, the airport serves no use to the southern part of the county, Price said.

The court took no action on the stalled resolution or on the airport.

In other business, the court approved a resolution that announces the countys membership with the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. The membership will allow the county to purchase Direct Recording Electronic voting machines without having to go out to bid. The court also approved a motion directing County Clerk Barbara Simpson to place an order for the necessary voting machines with Hart Inc.

The court also agreed to place in its records the new boundaries for the city of Copperas Cove. The Cove City Council voted last week to involuntarily annex 1,980 acres of land, most of which is in Coryell County.

The citys unilateral annexation will be effective June 1.

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