By Hillary S. Meeks

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS – Assurances made by the city of Harker Heights to provide water services to areas annexed in 2004 came to fruition Tuesday night when the City Council awarded a $1.17 million contract to TTG Utilities to install water pipelines in those areas to provide for fire protection.

The project will extend a 16-inch line from Indian Trail to the easternmost city limits, install 8-inch lines on Lakeside Drive and 6-inch lines on cul-de-sacs off Lakeside Drive and strategically place fire hydrants.

The city previously put aside $1.8 million to service the 1,155-acre area. Bidding for the project started on Jan. 14 and bids were opened on Feb. 27, with TTG Utilities making the least-expensive bid that also met specifications, according to Mark Hyde, Harker Heights public works director.

Council members passed the recommendation unanimously with little discussion.

Hyde said the $1.17 million bid included gate valves, which he said are "superior" to butterfly valves that would cost $31,000 less. The council agreed with his recommendation and approved it with the gate valves.

Residents in the area still will have to wait for water service to their homes.

The agreement ends one aspect of a long and controversial issue over water service in the annexed area.

In December 2006, City Manager Steve Carpenter said the city had to delay its promises of water service because of pending negotiations with Dog Ridge Water.

At that same time, Mayor Ed Mullen said the city could not legally provide water to individual homes because Dog Ridge Water had utility service rights in the annexed areas.

Most residents in the annexed areas have been providing their own water with private wells.

The council also:

n Approved the final plat approval of Pat Kern Subdivision consisting of one 1.16-acre lot.

n Approved an agreement for street lighting service with TXU Electric Delivery.

n Approved an ordinance amending the existing franchise ordinance between the city and TXU Electric Delivery for a different payment schedule.

n Approved a resolution adopting a revised investment policy stating the city will invest no more than 50 percent in a single security.

n Approved a resolution to oppose House Bill 651 and supporting the repeal of the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program.

n Approved a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by TXU.

n Discussed the Planning and Zoning Commission annual report.

n Discussed the Harker Heights Police Department racial profiling report.

n Discussed the city manager's report.

Contact Hillary S. Meeks at or call (254) 501-7464.

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