By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
Residents and council members, one who has served on as many as 10 boards at once, could be affected if term limits and a limit on the number of boards they can serve on are put in place.
A division within the council was apparent during a Tuesday workshop. A discussion and a possible vote on creating rules regulating the appointed boards was pushed to a future meeting.
Councilman Ken Wells was absent and couldn't vote to break a tie in consensus.
Three council members were in favor of term limits; three were against. Three also were in favor and three against, placing a limit on the number of boards one person can serve on at one time.
Mayor Tim Hancock, who led the meeting, spoke against the idea and tried to vote against the regulations while seeking a council consensus. He later withdrew his objection. Hancock disagreed with the idea of setting term limits and limiting the number of boards people can serve on at once.
"He who giveth, can taketh away," Hancock said. "That's already your decision. Why would you take that away from yourself?"
According to Killeen's numbers last compiled in April 2009, Hancock served on seven boards and commissions in addition to his position as mayor. A number of council members also held seven or more board positions.
Currently, there are no limits placed on how long a person can hold a position on city-appointed board.
"It's a democratic system here," said Councilman Billy Workman, who was in favor of giving more people a chance to get involved with the city. "Afford people the opportunity ... no one has a monopoly on ideas."
JoAnn Purser, who as of 2009 served on 10 boards, conjectured that rather than asking people to leave a board, it was easier to replace them when their terms were up.
"I think it's very hard, and we don't want these people to have their feelings hurt," she said.
Ernest Wilkerson, who supported term limits, also pushed for further reformation to the city's rules on how many boards one person can serve on.
"There are some people who have eight different boards they're on," he said, adding that some entities such as the planning and zoning commission needed the full focus of a member.
Council involvement on boards/committees since 2009
Mayor Tim Hancock: Transportation Committee, Public Safety CIP Committee, Special Events Committee, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Two Board, Airport Expansion Committee, Killeen Economic Development Corporation and Killeen Volunteers Inc.
Councilman Larry Cole: Animal Advisory Committee, Solid Waste Committee, Water/Sewage/Drainage committee, Sign Ordinance Committee, Public Safety CIP Committee, Sister Cities Committee, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Two Board and Employee Insurance Committee.
Councilman Scott Cosper: Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Transportation Committee, Water/Sewage/Drainage Committee, Public Safety CIP Committee and Airport Expansion Committee.
Councilwoman JoAnn Purser: Animal Advisory Committee, Transportation Committee, Land Use/Deevelopment Committee, Sign Ordinance Committee, Special Events Committee, Killeen Volunteers Inc., Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Two Board, Airport Exapansion Committee, Community Services Committee and Employee Insurance Committee.
Councilman Juan Rivera: Diversity Coalition, Solid Waste Committee, Land Use/Development Committee, Public Safety CIP Committee, Sister Cities Committte, Smoking Ordinance Committee, Community Services Committee and Employee Insurance Committee.
Councilman Kenny Wells: Diversity Coalition, Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Smoking Ordinance Committee, Sister Cities Committee, Special Events Commmittee and Community Services Committee.
Councilman Ernest Wilkerson: Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Land Use/Development Committee and Airport Expansion Committee.
Councilman Billy Workman: Solid Waste Committee and Transportation Committee.