By Robert Nathan
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE – Another step was taken on Thursday toward improving the sewer lines in the Plaza Mobile Home Park during the City Council meeting.
The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application to the Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs for the Community Development Fund.
Steve Kerbow, a grant writer with the Kerbow and Associates Consulting firm, said the city authorized his department to work with the city's water control and improvement district to get the grant designed to replace sewer lines in the Plaza Mobile Home Park.
This is the fifth grant application the city has sponsored on behalf of WCID No. 3, which will match $25,000 toward the grant.
Councilman Cecil Carroll Jr. asked Kerbow if the same resolution was approved three years ago.
Kerbow said the application was made two years ago and was not approved.
"The chances of being funded at any rate of competition is only about 50 percent," Kerbow said. "It's not unusual to go back a second time and try to get this funded."
Kerbow said five to six sewer lines in the Plaza need to be replaced.
Kerbow said his consulting firm will be closing out the previous $139,483 grant, which placed a major sewer pump line running under U.S. Highway 190.
Some of the stipulations that came with the grant were adopting a separate resolution to promote fair housing within the city, appoint a fair housing officer, adopt an excessive force resolution and adopt citizen complaint procedures.
"All of the stuff that was being talked about, the fair housing and the complaint procedures, those are all things that have to be done, all of the strings attached, with the grant and they are things we have to do," Kerbow said.
The council approved the resolution to promote fair housing, decided to adopt an excessive force resolution and adopt grievance procedures, but because of poor spelling and grammar in the printed resolution, Mayor Carolyn Sterling said the council will have to table the citizen complaint procedures until they are corrected.
In other business, the council discussed options for a new trash collection service for the city.
Representatives from Independent Environmental Services Inc., Inland Service Corp., Hill Country Disposal and Innovative Waste Services discussed their services with the council.
The council approved the initial contract with IESI in September 2004. The contract is up for renewal in September.
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