Killeen City Councilman Terry Clark wants to hear more updates from various boards and commissions of other governmental agencies that work closely with the city.
The council hears some reports from outside groups during budget season — mainly because those boards and commissions rely on city money — but at other times during the year, city leaders don’t hear anything, Clark said.
At least eight boards and commissions created by other government bodies have Killeen representatives, including the Bell County tax appraisal and health districts, Central Texas Council of Governments and the Hill Country Transit District, which operates The HOP public transportation system.
Clark said quarterly updates on those groups will give the council a “broader understanding” of what’s going on in other branches of local government.
“We can hear from them all at once,” he said.
Clark said he would like to have the Killeen representatives from those boards speak for a few minutes in front of the City Council.
He will likely unveil his plan at a council workshop later this month, he said. If other council members favor it, he said city staff should be able to add the updates to council meeting agendas.
Elizabeth Blackstone, the council’s mayor pro tem, said she would need to hear more information on Clark’s initiative before making a decision on it.
She said representatives from the boards usually give updates on the organizations when they make a presentation to the council during the budget period, which is going on now.
The next council meeting is at 5 p.m. today at City Hall.