By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE - The City Council approved a plat Thursday that would make room for a Dollar General store in the city limits, and denied compensating the police chief for the loss of his benefits.
With recommendations from both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the city
engineer's consulting firm, Kasberg, Patrick & Associates, the council briefly discussed carving out nearly 2 acres from a 9-acre lot for the Dollar General.
"We recommend at this time to approve the final site plan," John Simcik of Kasberg, Patrick & Associates said before the vote.
The recommendation also included that the city should request the land developer provide a letter to the city that the Bell County Health District review and approve the septic tank plans for the business before issuing the construction permit, Simcik said.
The council agreed.
The lot for the business is on the east side of 10th Street just south of Farm-to-Market 439. The entrance to the business site will be on 10th Street.
A 2-3 vote ruined Police Chief Lester Holsey Jr.'s chances of being compensated for losing a portion of his medical benefits.
Holsey, who will no longer be under contract with the city after September, will lose medical benefits for his family members. He will retain his personal benefits, but the council will be able to terminate his employment at will.
Councilman Ken Miller proposed that Holsey be compensated for the loss of benefits.
"I believe with all my heart that any employee should not lose pay, especially if there are no written complaints," Miller said during the meeting.
Miller made the motion to increase Holsey's salary to more than $52,000 in lieu of the loss of benefits. Councilwoman Christina Rosenthall voted with Miller.
Councilmen Skip Matthews and Albert Simmons, and Councilwoman Brenda Huckaba voted against the motion.
"All employees are equal," Matthews said.
There shouldn't be anything separating the police chief from getting different treatment from other employees, Matthews added; he should get just a 3 percent raise like everyone else.
The council also accepted a $250,000 grant for Water Control and Improvement District No. 3, which it released to the organization.
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