Billy Ray Hall was officially installed and sworn in as the new municipal court judge during Tuesday’s Harker Heights City Council meeting. Garland Potvin was officially installed and sworn as the new alternate municipal judge.
Harker Heights City Attorney Burk Roberts swore in the two new judges.
Hall will serve for a period of two years from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept., 30, 2019. Potvin will serve for a period of one year beginning Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018.
Hall and Potvin will be succeeding Judge Tony Kosta, who is retiring after serving for 20 years as the municipal judge for the city.
The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting also included the presentation of a proclamation to District 54 state Rep. Scott Cosper, R-Killeen.
Presented by Mayor Spencer Smith, the proclamation stated that among other accomplishments, Cosper had successfully navigated two bills through the Texas House concerning relief for communities disproportionately impacted by veterans exemptions on behalf of Harker Heights and other comparable cities.
House Bill 2356 passed the House in the regular session, and House Bill 74 passed in the special called session, though it failed to pass the state Senate.
In other action, the council discussed Killeen ISD’s plans to install a fiber optic network connecting all of the KISD schools and office facilities in Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville and at Fort Hood.
The district was required to get approval from the city to use certain public rights-of-way within the city for the purpose of installing, maintaining and operating a fiber optic network.
Unite Private Networks, LLC, a telecommunications company, will install the fiber optic network. Council members approved the item by a 4-0 vote. Councilman John Reider did not attend the meeting.
Council members also approved a resolution reappointing Jared Bryan as the representative for Harker Heights on the Board of Directors of the Tax Appraisal Board of Bell County.