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Shouting match at Killeen council meeting over Fort Hood memorial

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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:30 am

A discussion about redesignating funds in order to benefit the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting memorial led to a shouting match between Mayor Dan Corbin and former Mayor Tim Hancock at Feb. 18’s Killeen City Council workshop.

Hancock requested the city look into allocating about $27,000 left over in a Killeen Volunteers Inc. fund toward the memorial, which is slated to be built in Killeen.

The funds were to go toward a fountain to mark the city’s 125th anniversary in 2007.

After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion, Corbin proceeded to take a consensus of the council regarding the funds.

Hancock interrupted, and a shouting match ensued, with Corbin yelling at Hancock, “You’re out of order. Everybody just keep quiet.”

Hancock fired back at Corbin, saying, “You can’t make me be quiet.”

In a 5 to 2 consensus, council members denied redesignation of the funds.

Following the council’s decision, Hancock told the council, “I apologize for asking you to support soldiers.”

Corbin, along with several members of the audience, responded to Hancock, saying “That’s ridiculous.”

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1 comment:

  • GigGun posted at 5:45 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    GigGun Posts: 3

    These conflicts of power are seeming to become more frequent within the council and our mayor, whom I know and respect, seems to always be in the thick of it by trying to silence people rudely. I wish he didn't do that. I am retired Army from Ft. Hood and agree that city funds should not be allocated to build a memorial on Ft. Hood. I also think it is unwise for the city, however good intending, to build a fountain downtown that will require constant maintenance and funding to maintain. People will probably just use it as a place to bath in the spring and summer anyway. I also believe that Ft. Hood should have not torn the building down but leave it standing and utilize it. Placing a large bronze plaque out front to remember the fallen and continuing to use it would serve to let terrorists know they have not defeated us and we are not shaken by their attempts. Just my thoughts on the matter.


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