Before Harker Heights City Council members got down to business Tuesday, Mayor Rob Robinson read several proclamations.

Making note of the nearly 26 million diabetes sufferers, Robinson declared Tuesday as “Diabetes Alert Day.”

“We urge our citizens to join the American Diabetes Association in spreading diabetes awareness and take part in the movement to help fight it so that we as a whole will have a better future,” said Robinson as he presented the proclamation to Kay Carey. “Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 if the trend continues.”

In honor of the city earning the Tree City USA designation three years running, Robinson declared April 25 to be Arbor Day in Heights.

“Trees are not only a renewable source, but also beautify our community and are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,” he said, presenting the proclamation to Heather Cox, activities coordinator.

Cox said the city will plant 20 Texas Ash trees from 10 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Harker Heights Community Park. To help plant the trees, call 254-953-5493.

Rounding out the evening’s proclamations was one marking the 46th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Law, Title VIII for the Civil Rights Acts of 1968, which prohibits discrimination in housing and declares it a national policy to provide, within constitutional limits, for fair housing in the U.S.

“The principal of fair housing is not only national law and national policy but a fundamental human concept and entitlement for all Americans regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or handicap,” Robinson said as he presented the proclamation to Jim Martin, economic development planner for the Central Texas Council of Governments.

Martin said CTCOG will have a booth set up at the 2014 Bell County Earth Day Festival from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 at Yettie Polk Park and in downtown Belton at the courthouse square.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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