By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen officials are discussing the possibility of not only extending the youth curfew, but perhaps beginning it at an earlier time in the evening.

Tuesday's public hearing, which brought no comments from the public, was the first of two opportunities residents have to make their feelings known about changes they would like to see, or show support for keeping the status quo. The next public hearing will be at 6 p.m. July 22.

Assistant City Attorney Jerris Mapes said state law requires that every three years, the ordinance must be reviewed in order to readopt or abolish it to ensure the impact on the community is effective in the design and intent of its application.

Mapes said the ordinance is doing what it is designed to do, and she provided statistics to back up those opinions.

Mapes showed Killeen Independent School District enrollment numbers, which have continued to approach 40,000 students, and said the number of curfew citations has remained consistent during the past several years.

Also, the number of juvenile victims reported during the curfew's active hours has been remarkably low, Mapes said, which she declared a sure sign of the ordinance's effectiveness.

During the summer months, the curfew for people 17 and younger is 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Councilman Juan Rivera proposed changing the ordinance to 10 p.m. rather than the current 11 p.m. time. Both Mapes and Councilman Billy Workman cautioned that such a change would have to be weighed carefully due to variations in family needs and parenting styles.

The council also approved a pair of airport enhancements, one to each of the city's fields.

Director of Aviation John Sutton stated that an evaluation of the fuel tanks at Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport has led officials to the conclusion that repair is necessary, as some flaking has been observed on some of the tanks.

The acceptable bid the Airport Expansion Committee put before the council was $71,934 to reapply the interior coating on the jet tanks.

The council also approved a construction repair of some of the Skylark Field pavement, which was found to have some deterioration.

The money for those improvements is $91,000 in the 2009 budget, and $246,000 in 2010.

Contact Justin Cox at or call (254) 501-7568.

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