LOCAL GOVERNMENT

COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove City Council will kick off 2020 with a busy agenda at its workshop and regular meetings Tuesday.

The council will start the workshop session at 5 p.m. at the Technology Center, located at 508 S. Second St. in Copperas Cove.

During that session, City Manager Ryan Haverlah plans to give the council an update on the progress of a Texas Department of Transportation project to construct medians along U.S. Business 190 from Constitution Drive to Avenue D.

The scope of the project would retain three lanes on each side of the roadway while building a raised median that will limit where drivers can turn left along the approximately 1.3 mile project corridor.

Sidewalk improvements and a dedicated bike lane on the south side of the corridor are also included in the construction plans.

A timeline included in the project update shows that completed construction plans are due to be submitted to TxDOT this month.

A final TxDOT review will be done between March and April, with bids for construction scheduled for May. The project should begin in the summer or fall of this year.

A total of just over $11 million has been allotted for the project, including just over $1 million in city government funds. An additional $420,000 has been contributed by Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful through the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards to help with beautification along the corridor.

During the regular meeting at 6 p.m., the council will hold three public hearings, including two related to amending the future land use plan and rezoning for a property at 111 Wolfe Road that the owner plans to use for duplexes.

Two of the most anticipated updates will come near the end of the meeting. Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jonas Titas will spend part of his quarterly update talking about the multi-modal truck-rail project being pursued between Fort Hood and the city, as well as other measures being taken to grow the city’s tax base and provide more primary jobs.

The city manager will also provide an update on the city’s pursuit of an agreement to send recycling to Fort Hood for processing, as well as the ongoing changeover to local water billing following the end of the city’s agreement with third-party biller, Fathom.

254-501-7568 | dperdue@kdhnews.com

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