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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

First City Council meeting of 2017

First City Council meeting of 2017

By Shannon Myres
Evening Star

Tuesday, the first City Council of the New Year started with a proclamation to the Scout Troop 243, recognizing their time and dedication to protecting the environment by placing curb markers on drainage flumes and storm drains throughout Harker Heights.
Troop 243 was declared, “Bright Stars of Central Texas,” by Harker Heights Mayor, Rob Robinson.
“It wasn’t anything planned, it was just all voluntary and I’m really happy I did it because it made me feel good just doing it on your own time,” said scout, Trevor Jacobs.
For new business, the council approved the authorization for the City Manager, David Mitchell, to begin negotiations with engineering firms, Burgess & Niple and sign the “Professional Services Contract” for the upcoming 2017 Sanitary Sewer Basin Flow Monitoring Project, along with the completing the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative Final Report for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Burgess & Niple were chosen out of 27 pre-qualified engineering firms to aid Harker Heights in monitoring their 18 sanitary sewer basins regarding the completion of a 10 year Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Initiative Agreement.
“It’s an agreement that the city would spend $150,000 annually, on average, (and) over the 10 years to tighten up with the collection system to keep storm water from getting in there so we don’t have wet weather overflows…That was our primary focus over the 10 years of rehabilitation,” said Public Works Director, Mark Hyde.
The 2006 systems study revealed defective manholes and private sanitary sewer service lines to be the main causes of storm water entry, leading to overflow.
Currently, the treatment plant is at 67 percent capacity. Plant expansion is required if the plant reaches 75 percent capacity for three consecutive months.
The motion to authorize the city manager to negotiate with Burgess & Niple and sign the contract was approved unanimously.
Another authorization was passed unanimously was for David Mitchell, city manager to negotiate and sign a Construction Manager at Risk contract with Hill and Wilkinson General Contractors for the renovations and addition to the Central Fire Station.
The last item the agenda was the discussion of the unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year 2015-2016 fourth quarter.
The adopted budget and projected budgets were consistent to minor shortages or overages throughout the categories making up the general fund for Harker Heights.
“…Our total expenditures at $19,845,206. We actually used or spent $151,252 of our fund balance, leaving us a fund balance of $8,741,446. And out of that, our reserve requirement of three months would be roughly $4.9 million. So, you can still see that we’re almost double of what we need to have in the general fund,” said Finances Director, Alberta Barrett.
The audited financial statements will be discussed next month or no later than March.

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