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Killeen council delays decision on downtown plan

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Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:10 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Talks continue as Killeen City Council members have yet to definitively act on downtown and comprehensive plans.

Council members heard a presentation that was delayed a month ago about its comprehensive and downtown development at the council's Tuesday workshop. Most council members said they will need more information before giving approval.

"It seems to be a job well done, but we need to know what we're voting on," Councilman Larry Cole said, agreeing with Councilwoman JoAnn Purser who said more information may be needed to make a decision.

The plans will be discussed again at an Oct. 5 workshop.

Cole recommended one large meeting where council members could question city staff, while Councilman Scott Cosper recommended breaking the plan into thirds and having three workshops before coming to a decision. Councilmen Juan Rivera and Kenny Wells also had similar ideas about delaying the decision to seek more information.

Councilman Ernest Wilkerson said the plan's implementation schedule was still important to keep in mind.

"I want to make sure we stay on track," Wilkerson said.

Killeen's planning and zoning committee already gave approval to the current versions of the comprehensive and downtown plans, as compiled by Kendig Keast Collaborative.

"We've been talking about this for years," Councilman Billy Workman said. "We more or less know what we're going to do with it. ... I know what we're going to do. We're going to go to workshops and then we won't get anything done."

To create its plans, the city has contracted two companies. The first was created in 2007 by HyettPalma for about $65,000, the second by Kendig Keast earlier this year and cost about $30,000.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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