By Rebecca Rose

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The City Council on Tuesday approved two measures aimed at advancing efforts to beautify the city.

The council declared April 29 Arbor Day. The city will encourage residents to plant 39 trees across town, part of an ongoing project to qualify as a "Tree City USA." Mayor Ed Mullen said planting trees not only increases property value but the overall economic value of the community.

The council also held a public hearing and approved an ordinance to create a Building Standards Commission and coinciding regulations to govern administrative abatement of substandard structures. Several council members said creating the commission will help the city move forward with plans to repair and beautify buildings and structures as needed.

The council also:

Approved the appointment of public officers to the new Building Standards Commission in a closed session.

Held a public hearing and approved an ordinance to change the zoning designation of 1,573 square feet of net floor area on the property at 1827 E. Farm-to-Market 2410 from secondary and highway business district to secondary and highway business district with a tavern overlay.

Issued a proclamation declaring April 10-16 National Library Week in Harker Heights, part of an effort to encourage residents to visit the library.

Issued a proclamation declaring May 1 Lemonade Day. Children are encouraged to set up lemonade stands in Carl Levin Park to learn business-building skills. Learn more at

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