By Wendy Gragg

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS The Harker Heights City Council is sending a message to Skipcha-area drivers slow down.

The council Tuesday unanimously approved the addition of several stop signs on Modoc Drive and Wampum Drive. The vote came after a public hearing on the topic.

A total of six stop signs will be added to Modoc Drive, two each where Modoc meets Quapaw Drive, Wickiup Drive and Harvest Loop.

Four stop signs go up on Wampum Drive, creating four-way stops where the road intersects Hogan Drive and Arapaho Drive.

The vote came on the heels of a traffic public hearing last week, during which residents voiced concerns about their childrens safety, given the traffic on Modoc.

This is the fastest, easiest way to go in there and do something immediately, Harker Heights City Manager Steve Carpenter said.

Carpenter told the council that the stop signs are a good start, and the traffic in the area will continue to be monitored to see if the signs alleviate the problems.

The council also held a public hearing to consider amending the city code regulating private ambulance service. Council members approved a measure requiring a $100 fee of any private ambulance service, starting Oct. 1.

Another public hearing was held regarding the citys submission of an application to the Rural Community Affairs for a Texas Community Development Program Grant. No action was taken.

In other business, the council heard a presentation from retired Lt. Gen. Pete Taylor, of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, on the alliances current status and future efforts. HOTDA works on behalf of the region in regards to the effects the Base Realignment and Closure Commission has on the area. Harker Heights has $15,000 budgeted to go to HOTDA in the citys 2003-04 budget.

Taylor told the council the alliance is looking for people to possibly fill an executive director position. He said if that position is filled, the alliance could approach the city for more money.

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