By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS - A six-year, term-limited councilman bid farewell Tuesday to city staff, friends and fellow council members. But his goodbyes might not be permanent.
The former Place 3 councilman, Mike Aycock, will sit out for at least a year, but might try to return to the council as mayor in 2011.
"It is out there," Aycock said. "There has been a lot of talk about it, and I'm 99 percent sure I'm going to do it. It is a big step going from council to mayor. Mayor takes a lot of your time."
Before making his decision, Aycock will spend some time focusing on his business, Aycock Construction. He said he might take a vacation trip.
After Aycock stepped down from his council seat, Mayor Ed Mullen announced that Aycock will serve as chairman of the city's 50th anniversary celebration committee. The celebration is scheduled for September.
As a councilman, Aycock helped oversee the construction and design of the police department, the library and the animal shelter on Indian Trail. He also worked with the Texas Department of Transportation to improve traffic on Farm-to-Market 2410 and spoke on behalf of the city in the
Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization.
"My first goal was to help build the police station," Aycock said. "I helped that and saw that through."
Aycock said he was involved in making the decisions that helped bring Market Heights to the city.
Other projects that Aycock was proud to be a part of included creating the drainage manual for subdivisions and development, amending the subdivision ordinance and amending the building facade ordinance.
Before Tuesday's council meeting, city staff and council members said goodbye to Aycock with cake and gifts. He thanked every member of the council and the staff department heads by sharing stories about each person.
"Basically, everyone is dedicated to make this the best city in the area," City Manager Steve Carpenter said at the meeting. "I commend Mike in doing that. Mike, we are proud to have you, and thank you for a job well done."
Aycock said it was a pleasure to serve.
"It has been a real honor for me to serve on the City Council," Aycock said. "Public service is something you do willingly and you have to really enjoy, and I do."
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