By Holly Wise
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE - The board veterinarian on the Copperas Cove Animal Control Advisory Committee turned in his resignation effective immediately in a letter dated Nov. 10.
Dr. Kevin Kruse of Hill Country Animal Hospital told the Copperas Cove City Council Tuesday night he made the decision to resign after hearing comments and interaction between the board and ad hoc committees during a workshop session.
"One of my main questions through this whole situation has been why were the ad hoc committees formed when the advisory board was working on situations that were brought to them by the citizens of this town," Kruse told the council.
"It appears that there was a large group of outsiders trying to force their agenda on this city," he added.
Kruse said these individuals, who he did not mention by name, had slandered him on their websites.
Chances of changing his mind about resigning were nonexistent.
"This resignation I have turned in, there is no turning back on this one," he said. "It's not up for reconsideration."
The mayor and council members expressed their thanks to Kruse for his service on the committee.
The City Council handed control of writing the revised animal statutes to city personnel after gathering feedback from council members, advisory and ad hoc committees over the past several months.
City Manager Andrea Gardner said she will present the council with an ordinance for approval in a January meeting.
The animal and fowl ordinance has been under scrutiny and the discussion of multiple workshops to include issues of transferring animals to rescue organizations and to find a remedy to the feral cat problem within city limits.
One option on the table is for residents to trap feral cats and take them to the animal shelter.
Another consideration is the trap, neuter and release program. Under the program, qualified individuals would trap feral cats, neuter and vaccinate them and release them back into the feral colony.
The city council unanimously approved the issuance and sale of limited tax notes totaling $1.91 million and the issuance and sale of general obligation refunding bonds in the amount of $6 million.
The monies will be used to fund capital improvement projects designated by the city, Gardner said.
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