Copperas Cove city council to discuss future fire station, tiered utility rates
By LYNETTE SOWELL
The Copperas Cove city council will hold a workshop and regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 5 and 6 p.m., respectively, at the city council chambers, located at 508 S. 2nd St.
On the workshop agenda is a discussion on the utility customer portal, as well as the subject of tiered utility rates.
Last September, the city council voted to increase to the monthly base utility rate, decrease the volumetric rates, and remove the senior discount. In March 2021, the council discussed tiered water utility rates but decided to table it for six months. If the city council decides to lower rates, it would be based on a customer's water consumption. During the workshop on Tuesday, the council will get to discuss the impacts to adjusting rates based on lower consumption.
During the regular meeting, the council will be presented with a contract between the city and Texas Materials Group, Inc., for $651,761.05 for winter storm roadway repairs in the city, to include Big Divide, Constitution Drive, Colorado Drive, Freedom Lane, Ogletree Pass, and Skyline Drive.
There will be discussion and possible action on a resolution for the city’s intent to finance $1 million for the purchase of property for a new fire station on Highway 190, the location of which has not yet been disclosed. However, discussion of the property is also on the agenda for an executive session this evening.
Several funding requests will be presented, to include reimbursement to the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce for Rabbit Fest in the amount of $24,000, and $5,000 to the National Mounted Warfare Foundation toward an enhanced marketing and economic impact analysis study.
There will also be a discussion on storage of the parade float for the Copperas Cove Five Hills Scholarship pageant, which will be displaced with the upcoming demolition of former Fire Station No. 2.
City Manager Ryan Haverlah will also provide a report on the Business 190 sidewalks and median project, the Pecan Cove Road project, COVID-19 and related resources, the land exchange with Fort Hood, and the Animal Control Facility partnership opportunity with Fort Hood.