By Jade Ortego

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – The city of Belton will not in the foreseeable future create a municipal utility district, or MUD, outside the city limits.

The City Council on Tuesday voted to deny a petition by Whitis Land Investment/Management out of Killeen to build a MUD to serve 540 acres east of Farm-to-Market Road 1670.

Mayor Jim Covington said he would be interested in coming to an agreement on a development that did not involve a MUD and was within city limits.

"We had a number of issues ... there was a lot of staff unwillingness to develop outside of the city," Covington said. "It is our feeling that it would be prudent to disapprove the MUD."

The city has worked with the developer for the past two years, Covington said.

The council also moved to formalize its partnership with the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command.

The brigade, more than 7,400 soldiers, deployed to Q-West, Iraq in September, and since then has created a man-made "Belton Lake," and has flown the Belton flag in front of its headquarters.

The brigade commander, Col. Larry Phelps, informed the council that since they've been deployed, there have been no fatalities or serious injuries. "The reason for that is he knows folks in Central Texas are praying for them," Covington said.

In other action, the Belton Police Department acknowledged Detective Richard Murray as officer of the quarter and Pam Brandon as employee of the year.

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