October 22, 2015 – Killeen Daily Herald, By Holden Wilen
The Killeen City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $255,860 contract that will allow the city to move forward with a joint land use study with Fort Hood.
City Manager Glenn Morrison said the Defense Department uses the study to evaluate the synergy between civilian communities and adjacent military installations.
The council previously approved making Killeen a sponsor for the study. The city solicited bids for the contract. It received three bids, with staff recommending North Carolina-based Benchmark CMR Inc. to perform the study for $255,860.
According to a city memo, as the sponsor, Killeen coordinates with the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment to secure approval of a joint land use study application and federal grant funding. The office approved $292,236 for the budget and will provide $262,050 of this amount on a reimbursable basis.
The city of Killeen will provide in-kind staff support, about $30,185.
Benchmark has recent and relevant experience in performing studies at Army installations, according to the memo; Benchmark produced joint land use studies for Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2003 and 2009.
Morrison said the study will take about 13 months to complete, and the contractor will coordinate with the communities near Fort Hood.
“It is bigger than a study on just Killeen and compatibility and encroachment with Fort Hood — it is a Central Texas study,” he said.
The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.