By Lauren Cabral and Mason W. Canales

The Cove Herald

Copperas Cove City Council

The City Council considered a five-year personnel plan at its Tuesday meeting, which showed a total of 31 unfunded positions for the next fiscal year compared to 13 in 2010-11.

Ryan Haverlah, assistant director of financial services and budget director for the city, said of the proposed unfunded positions for fiscal year 2011-12, 15.5 were new positions requested by department heads.

City Manager Andrea Gardner emphasized the plan was for long-term planning purposes and did not allocate funding. Unfunded positions could become funded upon council authorization, she said.

The proposed plan showed 288 funded positions and 13 unfunded positions for this fiscal year, and 279 funded and 31 unfunded for FY 2012.

Department heads submitted projections to city staff, and had to justify positions they were adding.

Population growth, demand for services, new services, technology and other factors went into departmental position submissions.

The city does not have an adopted multi-year personnel plan. The plan presented by city staff is designed to allow the council to create authorized unfunded positions.

In other action, Copperas Cove council members:

Authorized a contract with Patillo, Brown and Hill LLP to conduct the city's 2011 fiscal year audit for $44,000.

Appointed Josefina Castillo and reappointed John Noel, Randy Curtis, Diane Connell, Bradi Diaz, Billy Sanders, Ross Caviness, Randy Sutton, Harold Irlbeck, Larry Letzer Sr. and Janie French to the Copperas Cove Hospital Authority Board of Directors.

Presented Employee Service Awards to Robert Mitchell for five years as a recycling and residential driver with the solid waste department, and to Kimberly Baxter for five years as an administrative assistant at the fire department.

CC Independent School District

The Copperas Cove Independent School board of trustees narrowed its core beliefs and commitment statements to five for the construction of a five-year strategic plan at a workshop meeting Tuesday.

At previous meetings, the trustees worked to select mission, vision and goal statements, and came up with ideas for the district's core beliefs, but had not reached a consensus.

The board started with nine draft core beliefs and narrowed it down to five and then added a commitment statement for each.

After several hours of debating, the trustees agreed upon a new set of beliefs and commitment statements:

All students can achieve their learning potential.

All will achieve their learning potential to ensure student success.

Teacher effectiveness impacts students' success and achievement.

Effective teachers will be provided for every student.

Parents and community involvement helps produce successful students.

Opportunities will be provided for parent and community involvement.

All environments can be positive, supportive and safe.

All environments will be positive, supportive and safe.

CCISD can be a high-performance organization.

CCISD will be a high-performing organization.

The trustees and the district have been working on completing a strategic plan that formalizes district goals, its mission statement, performance objectives and an evaluation process as part of a Center for Reform of School System, district Superintedent Rose Cameron said.

"It helps us keep focus," Cameron said. "It keeps us always looking in front us. ... It is like keeping your windshield clean so you can see."

The trustees will formally vote on the beliefs at a meeting later in the month.

Coryell County Commissioners

The Coryell County Commissioners Court approved a new burn ban at a special meeting Tuesday, prohibiting all outdoor burning with few exceptions.

The order approved by the court is effective for 90 days, or through Oct. 3, and bans all outdoor burning except for the purposes of welding, firefighter training, planting or harvesting of agricultural crops, burns conducted by a prescribed burn manager and public utility, and natural gas pipeline or mining operations.

The ban supersedes the one imposed on June 6, which was scheduled to expire Sept. 3.

The court also discontinued the county disaster declaration it approved June 20, which was later extended when Gov. Rick Perry approved a request for a fireworks ban extension by Coryell County officials June 21.

Under the declaration, the sale or use of fireworks was prohibited until 7 a.m. Tuesday, as was burning of any kind in the unincorporated areas of the county.

In other action, the court approved the $19,605 purchase of a replacement standby generator for the county's communication tower, which was hit by lightning.

An environmental study proposal was approved as well, part of the process to build a new communications tower.

Budget workshop

The commissioners also held a budget workshop following the meeting where several county employees discussed the proposed installation of a $166,580 security system to the County Courthouse in Gatesville, as well as cost-of-living-adjustment raises for county employees.

The security installation was proposed by County Sheriff Johnny Burks at the June 27 commissioners meeting, and included a walk-through metal detector and security monitoring station.

District Clerk Janice Gray said it may be more beneficial to start small by hiring one security guard to patrol the courthouse, to which Commissioner Jack Wall and County Clerk Barbara Simpson agreed.

Gray voiced support for COLA raises, since county employees had not received them for the past two years, and said her staff would likely welcome a plan to pay more for insurance benefits if they received raises. Other department heads voiced similar opinions.

District Clerk Janice Gray also suggested cutting back coverage for families, or making employees pay more for dependent coverage, with which other officials agreed.

Firth said three-fourths of the expected $150,000 increase in property tax revenue would have to go toward paying for the 12 percent to 13 percent health insurance cost increase for county employees.

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