- Point of contention
Killeen Daily Herald survey for council members
In an email sent to Killeen council members last week, the Daily Herald asked for opinions on a proposed agreement to endorse Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2, a major real estate development that could bring 4,500 homes to south Killeen in the next 15 years.
The questions were as follows:
- What will Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2 cost the residents of Killeen?
- How will the MUD benefit the residents of Killeen?
- To what extent do you think the city government should dictate how this acreage is developed?
- What is the most important design standard that the city should uphold in its agreement with the developer?
- What do you envision for the future of Killeen’s residential landscape?
Email from Killeen’s city manager to council members
Mayor and Council,
It has come to our attention that Brandon Janes sent an email to all of you today (Wednesday) requesting your responses to five questions concerning the MUD agreement. It is our opinion that this could result in an inappropriate deliberation of an item that you are currently negotiating in public meetings as a body. In order to avoid any potential violations of open meetings law and to allow this discussion to take place in public meetings as intended by the Open Meetings Act, it is best that you not respond to this reporter’s request. We believe that the best way to move forward in negotiating this agreement is to continue deliberations in public meetings as a body and not through questions and answers seeking individual commitments.
The next MUD meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, and I hope that you will bring all of your concerns to that meeting as you have been doing so that council can ultimately reach a decision.
Have a good evening.
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:30 am
Posted on Feb 17, 2013
Killeen’s city manager asked council members not to respond to questions from the Killeen Daily Herald as the city negotiates a major land deal that could bring 4,500 homes to south Killeen.
In an email sent to council members Wednesday, Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison said that responding to the newspaper’s questions, “could result in an inappropriate deliberation of an item that you are currently negotiating in public meetings as a body.”
Or, use your
Contact Brandon Janes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7552
Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:30 am.