County Commission approves purchase of five vehicles
Monday, 18 February 2013 by Matthew Girard
The Bell County Commissioner's Court approved the purchase of five vehicles for the sheriff's department, approved the installation of new fiber-optic cables and extended the country-wide burn ban at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.
After authorizing the purchase of one Police Package Tahoe during last week's meeting, the Commission approved the purchase of five of the same vehicle for approximately $164,000. With the purchase the sheriff's department will now have 12 vehicles for its fleet.
The Commission also approved and authorized JC Communications to install new fiber cable between the Bell County Killeen Annex and the Central Texas College Killeen campus at a cost of $186,407. The project is necessary to replace aging fiber cable that has a number of breaks and/or high loss fiber paths.
An interlocal agreement with the City of Temple was also approved regarding shared telecommunication fiber or other telecommunications equipment useful to both parties. Officials said the interlocal agreement lays out who is responsible for maintenance and other issues.
Although rain is forecasted throughout the week, the Bell County Fire Marshal advised the Commission to extend the Outdoor Burn Ban at least one more week. The Marshal reported that there had been 10 grass fires in the last two weeks.