By Olga Pena

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS Council members took actions Tuesday that will provide for further development in the city and accommodate the growing population of subdivision residents.

In a unanimous decision, the City Council authorized City Manager Steve Carpenter to negotiate an agreement between the city and Heights Evergreen Developers for oversizing a sanitary sewer lift station.

I think its a very positive step, and I think we need to do it, Carpenter said of the agreement.

Public Works Director Mark Hyde explained that the Evergreens Subdivision will require a 320-gallon-per-minute lift station at an estimated cost of $210,500, and the city is proposing oversizing it to a 1,500-gallon-per-minute unit at a cost not to exceed $349,625.

Hyde said the bigger station would provide for about 700 homes in newly annexed Harker Heights land.

We know we are going to grow, Carpenter said and added that upgrading the developers station would be less costly than an independent project.

Hyde added that $400,000 was budgeted for the project in the citys 2005-06 budget.

The council also awarded a $66,195 bid to JHL Construction for the heavily anticipated Shelby Lane Road extension project.

The road extension will connect the Savannah Heights residential subdivision to Modoc Drive, providing motorists with a more comfortable route back to their homes.

Currently, residents only way back to Savannah is by Stan Schlueter Loop.

Though the extension is not considered a major project and does not require much funding, Carpenter said it will be convenient and safe.

Emergency responders will have a quicker route to Savannah houses and motorists will not have travel to Killeen and back home.

Hyde said work will begin promptly and be completed within four months.

The citys budget allotted $50,000 toward the project and the remaining $16,195 will come from the annual street maintenance fund.

The council also took the following actions:

n Awarded a $85,000 contract to Walker, Wiederhold & Associates for the 2006 Water Master Plan Project.

n Approved the final plat of Woodridge Estates, a nine-lot subdivision of about 5.148 acres.

n Reappointed Councilman Bobby Hoxworth to a one-year term as the voting member for the City of Harker Heights on the Central Texas Council of Governments.

n Appointed Councilman Pete Laessig to the Bell County Health District.

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