While 2017 was a year marked by buzzy headlines locally, 2018 could prove to be just as newsworthy. Informed by continuous coverage of the Killeen area’s most impactful stories, the Herald staff has compiled a list of what readers and residents can expect from the area’s biggest beats in the coming year.


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Killeen City Hall at 101 N. College St. is seen in Killeen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

KILLEEN CITY HALL: The city of Killeen administration — marked by turmoil in 2016 — finally experienced some stability at the top this year. But what will happen next?

While City Manager Ron Olson’s team only recently emerged from the budget creation process, the fiscal year 2019 spending plan is on the horizon.

Among the many challenges facing next year’s budget is the continued constraint on revenue from disabled veteran property tax exemptions — which alone strip about $4.4 million annually from the city’s general fund. The city’s operational fund includes $82.1 million in expenditures.

In response to that constraint, the city passed a fiscal year 2018 budget that was notably slim on public safety overtime and positions, community activities, and road maintenance funds, among other expenditure cuts.

In 2018, if conditions stay the same, the city could be up for another round of cuts in an already slimmed down operational account.

The courting of private bids for Killeen’s solid waste department will begin apace after city staff members draft a Request for Proposals for the service early next year. The department is a $17.4 million enterprise that served 45,475 residential customers and 1,803 commercial customers as of October.


KILLEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Killeen Independent School District will be moving ahead with a variety of projects in the coming year.

Two school construction projects will be starting by summer. One is an elementary school on Morganite Lane in Killeen estimated to cost $37.1 million and scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

A middle school on Warriors Path in Harker Heights will cost approximately $54 million and open for the 2020-2021 school year.

Two KISD Board of Trustees seats will be up for election on May 5. The seats are currently held by Minerva Trujillo and JoAnn Purser. The term for these seats is three years. Candidate packets will be available beginning Jan. 2 at the KISD deputy superintendent’s office, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The filing period for candidates runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 16.

KISD’s new high school STEM program will commence for the 2018-2019 school year, in conjunction with Central Texas College.

With the coming of the next school year, the first class of seniors will start at KISD’s Early College High School, set to graduate in the spring of 2019 with not only a high school diploma but also an associate degree from Central Texas College.


KILLEEN POLICE: After the deadliest year in the last two decades, Killeen police will try to halt the upward climb of violent crime in 2018. They’ll have some help from the Department of Justice.

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Killeen Police Chief Charles "Chuck" Kimble

Killeen Police Chief Charles "Chuck" Kimble

Killeen police will collaborate with the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs to create a crime reduction strategy by examining the city’s crime environment, evaluating response methods and developing proactive approaches to achieve results.

“Bringing in experts from outside our organization will provide a fresh perspective and new ideas for combating crime in Killeen, police Chief Charles “Chuck” Kimble said.

The OJP diagnostic center uses a data-driven approach to diagnosing crime and its root causes, according to the release.

Additionally, Kimble will try to get residents to practice better crime prevention techniques on their own, to help deter criminals from breaking into homes and cars. Police believe that a large number of the firearms used in shootings and drug deals are stolen during burglaries. To combat that, KPD will put an emphasis on burglary prevention.

Kimble wouldn’t rule out the possibility of more officers being added to the staff in the near future, but he said when he approaches the Killeen City Council, he wants to have a plan.

“How many officers does KPD need?” he said. “If I reach out to the community one more time and find out, what do they need from us? Do our response times to 911 calls need to be better? If there’s a level of expectation there, then I can say that.”


FORT HOOD: Construction and deployments remain on the horizon for Fort Hood in 2018.

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Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II

U.S. Army Gen. James C. McConville, 36th Vice Chief Staff of the Army and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and III Armored Corps, speak with U.S. Army Col. Charles D. Costanza, deputy commanding officer for Combined Joint Operations Command in Erbil during key leader and troop engagement in Erbil, Iraq, Oct. 15, 2017. More than 70 Coalition partners have committed themselves to the goal of eliminating the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and have contributed in various capacities to the effort. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 

In a construction project approved by the Army two years ago, a $65 million renovation to 1st Cavalry Division’s headquarters is expected to continue in 2018. Construction costs are about $50 million and another $10 million to $15 million will be spent on new furniture and security upgrades. A $49.8 million contract was awarded to Temple-based MW Builders for the renovation job.

In a separate construction project, work will continue through 2018 on new mission training complex at Fort Hood.

The 143,481 square-foot facility will be built near Murphy Road and 62nd Street and will consolidate the current 10 training facilities that encompass the current mission training complex that was built in the 1980s.

The $63 million project, expected to open in 2020, will support individual through collective, simulation-driven mission command training for III Corps and Fort Hood units.

Other projects to start in 2018 include improved motor pools and barracks thanks to $70 million coming to Fort Hood from National Defense Authorization Act, approved by Congress earlier this month. Another possible groundbreaking in 2018 is the proposed National Mounted Warfare Museum, which is slated to replace the two existing Fort Hood museums. Officials said the museum has raised around $28 million of its $37 million goal, and could break ground in the new year.

To combat flash flooding at Fort Hood that has proved to be deadly in recent years, the Army will continue bridge and other improvements across the installation. A bridge is being built on Jackson Crossing along Georgetown Road and is scheduled to be completed in January 2019. The road at this crossing was destroyed twice during previous floods. In total, the Army plans on building bridges on all low-water crossings along paved surface roads at Fort Hood, eliminating the threat of flooding for motorists.

Multiple deployments for Fort Hood units to military hot spots around the globe are also expected to continue in 2018.

About 6,700 Fort Hood soldiers will start the new year deployed around the world.

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is expecting orders overseas by February and the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team should return from South Korea by early spring. The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, will continue its deployment to Europe until late summer, early fall and the III Corps headquarters will be deployed until late fall as the headquarters element for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

If the Army remains the mobile force as it has for more than a decade, thousands of Fort Hood soldiers can expect to visit a foreign country in the year to come.

Troops will see a 2.4 percent pay raise in 2018, the largest in eight years, thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act passed in November 2017.


CITY AUDITS: Deep financial policy changes are on the way as a result of Killeen’s management audit of city finances. When paired with recommendations by City Manager Ron Olson on how best to guide the growing city, internal audits will play a critical role.

Analysis of several areas of city finances are planned by City Auditor Matthew Grady.

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Matthew Grady

Matthew Grady

The Killeen Civic & Conference Center liquor operation audit will be the first and is already underway.

Grady also plans to audit the Killeen Police Department state seizure fund, city planning and funding for vehicle replacement, city policies governing the authorization and use of compensatory time, and Animal Services.

No timeline is set yet for when each is to be completed, but Grady said in August at least one per quarter could be expected.

The audits continue into 2018 a long road of fiscal policy renovation and renewed accountability that began when Olson came aboard city leadership in February 2017.

Houston-based public accounting firm McConnell & Jones told city leaders and council members in September that poor decision-making had been driving overspending, and that a lax oversight in some cases was to blame. As a result of that audit, 26 recommendations are being implemented into financial policy changes. Grady is tasked with monitoring progress.


POSSIBLE BONDS: If approved by the Killeen school board, the Killeen Independent School District will be working to ensure the $426 million bond issue passes on the May 5 ballot.

The slate of projects included on the proposed bond issue for the school district are:

• Renovations to bring existing campuses into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and address security/safety issues.

• New high school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.

• Consolidation of East Ward and West Ward elementary schools with construction of a new East Ward school.

• Consolidation of Pershing Park and Sugar Loaf elementary schools, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School, and construction of a new Pershing Park school.

• New elementary school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.

• Renovate and expand Clifton Park Elementary School, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School.

• Renovations to Killeen High School.

The city of Killeen has also floated the possibility of a bond election in May as a companion to the Killeen Independent School District’s possible bond election.

The city’s bond, expected to be a minimum of approximately $46 million, would pay for road improvements in the developing south end of town, around the school district’s planned new facilities, but could also encompass more capital improvements if the Killeen City Council chose to expand the city’s debt.

The deadline to file the ballot paperwork for a May 5 bond election is Feb. 16.


AREA ELECTIONS: The biggest local election in 2018 will be for the Texas House District 54 seat, where the GOP incumbent will face two primary challengers.

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ELECTION 2018

Rep. Scott Cosper, R-Killeen, in his first term in the Texas Legislature, will square off against Killeen veterinarian Brad Buckley, a former Killeen school district board member, and retired U.S. Army veteran Larry Smith. The three will run in a March 6 primary election for the Republican nomination to the Nov. 8 ballot.

The winner of the primary will go on to face Kathy Richerson, the sole Democrat in the race and a retired Realtor.

Early voting for the primary opens Feb. 20 and closes March 2.

At the city level, Killeen residents will elect three, at-large City Council seats and a mayor on the May 5 ballot. The only seat guaranteed a new face is that held by Jonathan Okray, who is terming out of the position after six years on the council.

The filing period for all four races opens Jan. 17 and ends Feb. 16. Early voting will open April 23 and end May 1.

For polling locations and voting information, visit www.killeentexas.gov/election.


CHEM PLANT: Despite the secrecy, despite the public outcry and despite the members of the Killeen City Council who were adamantly opposed to it, the MGC Pure Chemicals America plant will continue construction in 2018.

Construction for the new chemical plant started in December and should finish in late 2018, according to Killeen Economic Development Corporation Executive Director John Crutchfield.

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Chem Plant

Workers prepare land for construction Monday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the site of Japan-based MGC Pure Chemicals America at the Killeen Business Park in the 4500 block of Roy J. Smith Drive in Killeen.

The $30-million plant will produce super-pure hydrogen peroxide, a cleaning chemical used in the semiconductor industry for applications that require stripping, etching and cleaning silicon wafers, according to the EDC.

Semiconductors are used in various divisions of the technology industry, from defense and automotive to entertainment and communications.

Killeen’s close proximity to Austin, an expanding hub of technology, was a key factor in the company’s decision to choose the location.


MARVIN GUY: After sitting in the Bell County Jail for more than three years without a trial, Marvin Guy has a trial date set.

Jury selection for Guy will begin Jan. 17. Testimony should begin three to six weeks later. That decision was made by Judge John Gauntt during the Oct. 19 status hearing.

The man accused of killing Killeen police SWAT team leader Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie is charged with one count of capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder. Guy exchanged gunfire with members of the Killeen Police Department’s SWAT team during an early-morning “no-knock” warrant at Guy’s apartment on Circle M Drive in Killeen on May 9, 2014. That led to Dinwiddie, a leader on the police department’s special weapons and tactics team, being fatally shot in the face.

Guy has told the Herald in past interviews that he believed his house was being broken into, and that is why he fired his weapon. As a previously convicted felon, Guy was not permitted to own a firearm.

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Alvin

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@dailymajor: You still will not get off of that molehill that have broadcasting on for the last at least 5 days now. I'm always ranting. Didn't I give you 'facts' on the question, that already knew the answer to, or so you said. Haven't I 'gave' facts about the peril this city is in, the $27 million that is necessary to continue, if continue is the way that it should be put forth, and the almost $300 million that is already on the books for this city, and so on and all you do is cry about my ranting'. I do not think you are capable of holding a decent conversation with someone. Let's both see where we fare on the plight of this city, state facts. What about it????
@dailymajor: I am quite amazed that you are born and raised in Texas. Now that's another notch down on the merits of Texas. Then you certainly will remember the fact that in days gone past you were able to leave your home unlocked, you knew everyone around you in your neighborhood. The people whom you met downtown were totally friendly, and when a parade with people marching you stood up and saluted when the flag came by, or when the National Anthem was played you stood up, in patriotism. Look at it now....
Do you 'remember' what Texas was like right after WWII???? What was it like in comparison to what it is now.
And do you remember what the city budgets and/or the school district budgets were and how much money that was allotted, for each, the city and the schools, and do you remember that female school teachers were generally 'not married'????
And @dailymajor: If you don't remember those things, you must have 'grew up in a different Texas that I did.
And as to you being a teeny bopper, well I never would have thought that.
And as to:
Copy: 'I will guarantee you that I know more about the greatest generation than you do or ever will.' Really!!!! Now you are boasting like a little kid – 'my daddy can whip your daddy'.
Well if you are up to it, lets start a dialogue on our constitution from 1178 to the present and include the Civil war. Are you game or will you stand on 'my giving rant while you give facts. Do you want to start a dialogue or not????
Lets see how versed on history or you just going to sit there and cry about things, in general????
And @dailymajor: Your comment to 'Snow White' was completely sarcastic from the git-go. You can't seem to write something without your sarcasm showing through, and you don't even recognize it. Sad, real sad.
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Alvin

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@SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves: Well thank you for your words.
Lets just hope that there are enough of us to vote against the city administrative group and the KISD and get this town back on an even track. It will take years but it's possible.

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SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Population increases, especially if the vast majority of those increases are below or near the poverty level, aren't a positive. Add in unplanned population growth in an unknown backwater village 20 miles off a REAL Interstate and you're looking at a disaster. It is also another form of disaster when the majority of that population is on a fixed income. Hey, what do I know, I'm just another internet clown with a laptop and keyboard.

Alvin

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Yep I agree, we should stop writing especially since you have one theme that you write on – my ranting and my 'absence of any facts'. You have got to be kidding, It goes to show that you can't even recognize a fact if it was put in front of your face. I say again, 'In my opinion, you are a small individual incapable of holding a meaningful conversation as you try to belittle people, and that is not the mark of a mature individual'.
If you knew the answers before you wrote the question, 'why did you ask me for the answers' except you were playing that idiotic game like you like to play calling everything I utter as a rant and trying to belittle me on my intelligence. I guess the old story about the canned Tuna – Sorry Charlie, you're barking up the wrong tree. I don't even know if you can even decipher the difference, just like your questioning me about the phrase, 'elders'. No I guess you haven't figured that one out yet because I didn't use the phrase as someone over the age of 25. I surmise 'you are one of the new Texans' as they don't 'respect their elders' as we do and did. They don't qualify. I was talking as ones who fought in WWII and earlier, as being one of the 'eldest'. But you teeny boppers don't seem to want to recognize ones who have been through this life and have experienced what you don't know, and that is a shame.
Yes I guess you could say 'they weren't perfect', they just built the world you are trying to destroy with your commonality of knowledge. Yes I guess they were not perfect.
Well I don't know if you will ever grow up to where you can converse with someone who is older than you, now I'm not talking about stature, but maturity. Again I say you are a small individual who doesn't know what he or she doesn't know. I feel sorry for you if your total argument is about rants, facts, and are continually trying to belittle a person but does not put out facts themselves and it is apparent by the way you conducted yourself before with your statement, 'I knew the answers that I asked, before I asked, since you were apparently unaware. You seem to be... unaware... of any "facts" except your omnipotent opinions, which you consider facts'. You are putting out the same 'crap' a you accuse me of, trying to belittle someone. You are the type of individual who uses that as an escape from life when you know you are cornered, as a defense mechanism, like a dog or a cat when cornered. Yep I feel sorry for you.
And one other thing, I will continue to write my 'mini-books' as you refer to them in order to try to get around people like you that are sure you have all of the answers. Oh I know you stated, 'I don't have all of the answers' and then tend to go in the same direction as you were going in the first place. Don't trip over that rock on the ground and hurt yourself.
Yep I agree, this is a useless conversation.
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SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

@Alvin If this were a football game, you're leading 77 to 0 with 2:00 minutes to go in the 4th!!!! If this were a boxing match, you'd have already won by knockout in the 3rd round!

dailymajor

SnowWhite, you and your Alvin ought to get together and run for office.. or at least put out a newsletter together, since you are both so well informed...I can just picture you now, sitting on the City Council or the school board.

dailymajor

Alvin, Alvin,Alllvin,..You are just silly. YOU and immaturity go together...As usual, you surmise wrong (no surprise there). I was born and raised in Texas, ... I am certainly way over the age of 25. ..and..I will guarantee you that I know more about the greatest generation than you do or ever will. All you know is some of what you have read and maybe, possibly what your father might have told you...I served my country for 25 years,... don't you try to lecture me and tell me what I haven't been through or experienced. ...So, I am a "teeny bopper", and I am trying to destroy the world they built? You are really, really sad...I have given you facts, you rant your opinions. Do not try to lecture me. .. I am fully aware that you will continue your long winded writings in this paper. What else would you be doing? I can't even imagine... It would just be really positive if you were factual,occasionally...which I highly doubt you will ever be.

Alvin

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@dailymajor; Boy are you thick. I'm going to answer these questions for you, and now pay attention will you, the city population in 2002 was a resounding 96, 260. The present population is recorded as140,000 for a delta of 44,000 in 16 years or 2,750 per year. The school system had a growth rate of 807.69 in a straight line presentation for 26 years and 32.691.31 in 2002. Does this answer your two questions???? I don't know what you are going to do with this info. But there it is.
In accordance with the city council/mayor, during this period of time, December 17 2013: Mayor was Daniel A. Corbin, council: Elizabeth Blackstone, Terry Clark, Jarad Foster, Wayne Gilmore, Steve Harris, and Jose Segarra, Now how do you think this assembly voted​​​​????
Now you say:
Copy: 'Boy, you must live in a narrow world"..lol. I am pretty sure that I live in a huge universe, comparatively speaking, to you, End of copy.
That universe that you live in must be a completely black void, completely M'T.
I would use some analogies, they would just go over your head.
Well look at today's newspaper at 'Killeen's bond has a number: $30 million'. Do they really think that if you put enough numbers consistently in the newspaper that this will overpower people so that they can 'just do what they like'???? I propose, 'not really'. The old saying: 'if you fool me once, that's your fault, but if you fool me twice, that is my fault'. I hope this town will wake up and smell the roses.
And just once again:
Copy: 'You seem to think that the city can operate on the same scale that it has always done. The simple truth is, it can't.' End of copy.
To which I responded: 'Boy you apparently 'read into a conversation just what you want that conversation to be'. All I was trying to say is that when you are spending other peoples money,you should approach that task with frugality', This town and this school system doesn't seem to be doing that. And to those in power I say, 'take a lesson from your elders'. Now if that is not an answer, well I say again, 'you are living in a void complete with all the darkness.
Question: 'Do you ever feel like a mushroom'???? You have all of the ear markings of one'
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dailymajor

Alvin, Alvin, Alvin....you start belittling immediately.."Boy, are you thick".,,"now pay attention will you"..and you continue through this chapter of your ranting..
I knew the answers that I asked, before I asked, since you were apparently unaware. You seem to be... unaware... of any "facts" except your omnipotent opinions, which you consider facts.......
"Boy, ...", "they would just go over your head" , "Boy, ...", ...on and on, same song, same verse, different day..Try to belittle, and practice avoidance.
.Nobody has ever said that frugality and responsibility is not a good thing, but necessity and common sense should enter into the equation, also.... ..and...What is the deal with your lesson from your "elders" that you keep referencing? Didn't our elders take us where we are now? Our "elders" weren't perfect, and didn't live in the world we live in now, Alvie. Which particular "elders" are you speaking about?
....."Do you ever feel like a mushroom?"...lol....Alllvin, do you ever feel like a lot of the fertilizer, of the bovine persuasion, that mushrooms love to grow in? You should. You have all the "ear markings", as you say.....Once again, you avoided questions, direct answers, and immediately started attacking me, as usual,but. ...that is just your M O, isn't it.
I am tiring of this discourse with you,...you are like a stuck, negative record, playing the same song, over and over. Keep writing your minibooks ever day, criticizing, accusing, and spreading your wealth of negativity. Hope that brings you the attention that you so desperately seek out.

Alvin

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@ dailymajor: It seems you are so small that you can't keep on the subject of discussion. You tend to 'drift off of the subject and try to offend me when it is just you that should be offended, and it seems you are one of those individuals who can't read between the lines and discuss an overall problem whether it be a city, a school district, or any worthwhile proposition. Now I guess you are going to tell me that 'you only read the written word'. Boy you must live in a narrow world...
Copy: 'Where did I say or infer that the city and school district should just be allowed to go wild? I didn't. Another one of your made up suppositions..' End of copy.
This is another example of 'nit picking' on a subject. You are pretty good at that.
You did allude to, and I paraphrase my comment: 'You allude to a RR going through Killeen. Do you even know 'where you would have to go to catch a passenger train? That's right, Temple. It's only freight service here in Killeen. So if you want to 'hop a freight', you are in luck. Think about it. You were not familiar with the fact that 'Killeen does not have a terminal, but it used to'.
And I paraphrase: 'And to say that the 25 miles of a road that's named Interstate 14. You make me laugh. That's no interstate. I don't care what name they put on it, the 25 miles of a divided highway does not make an interstate and it will be many years, if it ever becomes an interstate. You make me laugh.' And the routing is not from El Paso as it joins the 'Interstate 10 about 50 to 60 miles, or more East of El Paso. And yes, it is my 'opinion' that this was a political maneuver in that they thought it was good marketing to say this town is on an interstate.
Now @dailymajor: Now to your response to me. Your sarcasm is showing again. Boy no matter how you try to keep it in check, it just boils over doesn't it.
Now as to 'the meat of the subject, this subject is on how the city and school district spends money that the citizens of this city cannot afford hence the statement: 'I was trying to say is that when you are spending other peoples money, you should approach that task with frugality', This town and this school system doesn't seem to be doing that. And to those in power I say, 'take a lesson from your elders'. Hence the city and it's close to $300 million and now this city is wanting another $45.6 million when they can't even keep up with roadway maintenance, and the school district asking for another $426 million. I say again, 'take a lesson from your elders', they knew how to economize, or put another way, 'fill the pitcher but don't spill any'. That's one of those 'down home sayings' that you may or may not be familiar with.
You speak about numbers, but you do not like people to put the numbers to you,,,
Copy: 'In 1990 the population of Killeen was about 64,000. Today it is over 140,000..KISD had approx. 23,000 students in 1990...over 44,000 and growing today.' End of copy
Now I rebutted:
Copy: 'Now in terms of 'what this city could do, and a school district could do, I did not even try to say that there would be no growth in a city or no growth in a school system, but do you think that Killeen having close to $300 million dollars, and growing, for a city that was 64,000 in 1990 and now encompasses 140,000 or a school district that has grown from 23,000 in 1990 to a whopping 44,000 and had a bond issue of $92 million in 2002, that has not been paid off, and now is asking for another bond of $426 million.' End of copy.
You don't like to quote numbers 'when they can come back and bite you on the butt' do you????
Copy: 'you seem to need some laughter and happiness in your life.....' End of copy.
This town is full of laughs, but not funny ones.
Copy: 'As for looking down on someone without a college degree, I have never done that...but then, I don't begrudge someone that does have an advanced degree, which you seem to do..."I have worked with a lot of "college educated dummies", you say. I have worked with some dummies, with and without degrees..so what is your point? You may not intend to, but you just sound envious...
Case in point: Two cases that I have worked with:
One was a PHD who came into the office and asked 'where can I get some copies done”? To which I told him the copier was in the other room. After a short time he came back in to the office and said, 'The copier was not working and he had put some paper in it. At this point I said that I had to get this done and that I would look at it later. At this he departed. When I was free, I looked the copy machine and was amazed at what I found. He had took a ream of paper, with the rubberized edging still on it and put this ream of paper in the machine.
The other illustration is a civil engineer was given the assignment to assess the gradients on some land that had a small pond on it. Later when his boss went over to check his progress, he saw the engineer in a small boat with the transom set up busily surveying the site.
I too do not look down on anyone whether as to whether or not a person has a degree or not, but I have seen 'many a degree engineer' who thinks their 'they have one up on the other. It's all in how they present themselves. I am not 'envious of my fellow worker, with or without a degree' as I do not resent anyone. Besides I am retired. Now I said 'retired, not just tired'. So you are misreading the written word again and trying to build a case that does not exist. You are pretty bad about that aren't you.
Copy: 'As far as the building of new homes goes, what land has been built on that the city owns? Who is paying for all the amenities of the neighborhoods that are being built?.Tell me of the talks that have gone on about that land being annexed into the city. You know nothing about that, do you?....' End of copy.
Yes you are right, I don't know what I am talking about, the fact that the builder does or does not pay anything fr permitting that may or may not include the sewers, the roadways, the burial of electric and signal cables, but who do you think has the responsibility for maintaining these facilities in the future???? Yes I guess I don't know what I am talking about. Sounds like you are so familiar with 'what goes in to building anything yourself'.
As a note, I have stated that I am retired, but if this city wants to give me a good/beneficial contract to 'look at their needs', I would be more than happy to assist, but I am not giving out any more 'free' advice.
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dailymajor

Alvin, Alvin,Alvin,....as is your usual M O, you never answered a question directly, you go off immediately into your accusations and futile attempts at making yourself look good....."......boy, you must live in a narrow world"..lol. I am pretty sure that I live in a huge universe, comparatively speaking, to you, Alvin..Stating a fact is "nit picking" to you, Alvin? Really?..How much has the KISD grown since 2002, Alvin? How much has Killeen grown? Allvin, you just don't pay attention sometimes, even to what you.. are saying, much less what you read...BTW, you implied that the city would upkeep the new additions, although they were outside the city limits, isn't that correct?.and..btw, you didn't answer my question about talks to annex those additions, did you? Of course, you didn't........Now,.... the time to go off on your usual rant about degreed people being ignorant, as usual. ...Then,finally, you say,.."I am not giving out any more "free" advice"..lol..Isn't that what you try to do every single day?

Alvin

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@dailymajor: Well, as usual you've taken a mountain and tried to paint it as a mole hill.
You allude to a RR going through Killeen. Do you even know 'where you would have to go to catch a passenger train? That's right, Temple. It's only freight service here in Killeen. Think about it.
And to say that the 25 miles of a road that's named Interstate 14. You make me laugh. That's no interstate. I don't care what name they put on it, the 25 miles of a divided highway does not make an interstate and it will be many years, if it ever becomes an interstate. You make me laugh.
Now @dailymajor: Now to your response to me. Your sarcasm is showing again. Boy no matter how you try to keep it in check, it just boils over doesn't it.
Copy: ' No other reason that you might imagine in your head....Thanks for giving me the right to express my opinions, I do appreciate that' End of copy.
Yeah I did copy your comment just so would be no fact as to what I was talking about. It is the same reason I copy all comments, so that there won't be any conjecture.
Now in terms of 'what this city could do, and a school district could do, I did not even try to say that there would be no growth in a city or no growth in a school system, but do you think that Killeen having close to $300 million dollars, and growing, for a city that was 64,000 in 1990 and now encompasses 140,000 or a school district that has grown from 23,000 in1990 to a whopping 44,000 and had a bond issue of $92 million in 2002, that has not been paid off, and now is asking for another bond of $426 million.
Copy: 'You seem to think that the city can operate on the same scale that it has always done. The simple truth is, it can't.' End of copy.
Boy you apparently 'read into a conversation just what you want that conversation to be'. Al I was trying to say is that when you are spending other pepoples money, you should approach that task with frugality', This town and this school system doesn't seem to be doing that. And to those in power I say, 'take a lesson from your elders'.
And the growth factor I was talking about is South because the land developers own a large portion of that land and the developers are in the throws of building that area and have been for the last few years and are gearing that part of town as 'a new city center', thus a new high school is going in, the roadways development is being built in that part of town, all of which does nothing for the citizens of Killeen, 'they just get to pay for it'.
As for as 'just going ahead and accepting the bills that this city and this school board is shoveling down to us, “I don't think that a city or a school system should be entitled to 'make a mountain out of a mole hill' and that what's been taking place here. There should be some control over the operation of a city and/or a school system and apparently you seem to be of the opinion that there should be none, let the both of them go wild. Well I don't happen to be one of these people and I have been trying to impress people with this sentiment. Don't go hog wild and spend money that does not need to be spent. Now you can impress me with your sentiments about having 'not bringing the kids an education, but I say that you can, just hold all of these activities in check and don't go overboard.
You didn't even mention the concept of having the funds to build on the disability act that was
You mentioned a key date, 1990. Are you familiar with 'what took place on that date'???? The city council made the decision to allow the KEDC to operate in this city and they even 'gave' the KEDC the power to enter into city contracts without even having them to go before the city council and record a vote, and it is something else again why the city council since 1990 has been funneling money each and every year into the KEDC while they were making a profit on their land that the city does not even own. Now hows that for 'having your cake and getting to eat it too'????
The boundaries that I referred to is the city boundary. These 3,750 homes are going to be built outside of the city boundary's. The citizen pays taxes, the 3,750 homes do not. We have a new water system, that surprisingly bears the name of MUD 2, AKA 'WB Enterprises, Inc. or something similar, but it is the name of a builder organization. How about them apples. And we are going to get the opportunity to bear the fruits of our labor and the developer will get the bounty.
And I was just using the pay rate for these two individuals as a means of alluding to the what their pay scale is and what it is for the rest of Killeen citizens for as you know, this city has a clerical atmosphere,not highly technical so I think the average wage is much lower than there's is, probably closer to $30,000 annual. So I was using that as an example of the delta if you will is of an individual who is making $170,000 and one that makes say $30,000 and how the difference plays out.
As to:
Copy: ' All you would have to do is get the education and experience that they have, and you could qualify for their jobs' End of copy
There you have just said what I referred to earlier, if you have a college degree, you 'tend' to look down on the person who does not have that degree, as inferior with your statement about 'all you have to do is get the education and experience that they have. Well in my time I have worked with a lot of 'college educated dummies', but they had that piece of paper.
So I don't expect to handle this city for any amount of money with the growth of this city going to south end proposals and letting the rest of this town 'go down the tubes' as it has been done the last few years.
And in closing, I will continue to state what I write, so as I have said, 'if you don't want to read it, don't'.
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dailymajor

Allvin, ..Alvin, Alvin, Alvin...I wasn't trying to paint anything, I hate painting..I was just relating facts...You just take off on one of your rants.." a road that's named interstate 14. You make me laugh.".."if it ever becomes an interstate. You make me laugh"..Uhh, I never said anything about 14, but...I'm very glad I made you laugh, you seem to need some laughter and happiness in your life.....Where did I say or infer that the city and school district should just be allowed to go wild? I didn't. Another one of your made up suppositions...As for looking down on someone without a college degree, I have never done that...but then, I don't begrudge someone that does have an advanced degree, which you seem to do..."I have worked with a lot of "college educated dummies", you say. I have worked with some dummies, with and without degrees..so what is your point? You may not intend to, but you just sound envious...As far as the building of new homes goes, what land has been built on that the city owns? Who is paying for all the amenities of the neighborhoods that are being built?.Tell me of the talks that have gone on about that land being annexed into the city. You know nothing about that, do you?....Again, thanks for giving me permission to do something. I do appreciate it.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

As an unelected thief, just another internet clown, KILLeen will never become Austin, Amarillo, or even Waco.

Just as in the latter part of the 19th century, cities died if the railroad bypassed them.

KILLeen has no Interstate. Renaming a US highway as Interstate 14, doesn't make a highway an Interstate than me renaming myself KING of KILLeen. KILLeen is a victim of its own swollen ego. Temple never tried to become Austin. Temple leveraged what it was to achieve things KILLeen can only dream about. Temple is happy with a booming Amtrak terminal, a renowned medical center, a large VA facility, some industry, along a major (REAL) Interstate, a booming Bucky's, some very nice people, an apparent city council that doesn't buy churches or do unethical things, and a neat community college.

dailymajor

SnowWhite, I don't know about you, but I don't want Killeen to be another Austin, Amarillo, or Waco...We do have a rr in Killeen, correct? Temple has a "booming" Amtrack terminal? Really? There must be one that I am not familiar with...Temple is on the interstate, they have a renowned medical center and "some" industry, but, all in all, Temple is pretty stagnate, considering that it is on the interstate.... Temple's population is about 74,000. Killeen's is over 140,000. We have a community college, a four year university, Fort Hood,and some very nice people..along with some that aren't so nice or intelligent, just like Temple.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: I apologize, the sentence, 'keep you mouth shut' was wrong. But the statement, 'I don't know all of the answers, that's why I ask'. You just were saying that 'you were glad you were able to give me a new word and expand my vocabulary, and you keep saying 'I talk too much'. You sir are very eloquent in stating to 'others' what you seem to talk about such as 'are you wanting to stop all of the sports activities, and such as you have done in the past. Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of you expressing yourself as to your opinions and I don't to ever give you a limiting factor as you are prone to do.
@dailymajor: would you prefer me to stop talking about what I think this city and the administration is negligent in and this includes taxation, the upkeep of this city's streets, the west side swimming pool, and the massive bond that the KISD is trying to push onto the citizens of Killeen, and the push towards the development of the 3,750 homes that will be built just over the city boundary, and this is for personal reasons, not for the city. The routing has been all along that this property is being developed for personal gain.
You asked for 'my ideas'. Well I've given you some of my ideas and solutions, but to what avail???? There is just no one in this and past administration that cares, they have it all mapped out, but to what end???? This city is a spend thrift not caring about the people who are retired and living on a fixed income, or people who have a limited income. It must be nice to have a salary of $170,000 like the city manager or a salary of $130,000 like the KPD Chief and the ones who can afford to just pick up and go somewhere else, not like the home owner who is living here and has to absorb all of these increases in taxes and bond embellishments. That's why there was an established rate for city taxes, and for the school board and people used to provide the service within these boundary's, but not anymore. This city is for the expansion of the South end and everything is flowing in that direction, taxation is going to provide the means to make it so, and that is what I refer to as 'the block of votes, namely 4 for a majority in which this city operates on and the city council and the KEDC board who has had it sewn in to their favor since 1990. This I believe in most cases is illegal, but not in this city, they like it that way.
Yes I am long winded but I mean what I say and say what I mean so if you do not care to read what I write, you can always shut down your computer.
Copy: 'You telling me to "keep your mouth shut" is awfully brave of you..writing in this paper. That seems about typical of you, though. Very typical.' End of copy.
Just what do your words, 'Typical, very typical' mean????
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dailymajor

Allvin, I said that I don't know all the answers, because I don't. No other reason that you might imagine in your head....Thanks for giving me the right to express my opinions, I do appreciate that....You seem to think that the city can operate on the same scale that it has always done. The simple truth is, it can't. You say that KISD can do the same with an ever enlarging district enrollment, more students, more demands, etc., with the same monies. It can't.....You fuss about homes being built on the south side of town. Where else would we expand? North, west, east?..Not possible...In 1990 the population of Killeen was about 64,000. Today it is over 140,000..KISD had approx. 23,000 students in 1990...over 44,000 and growing today. Do you propose taking care of all that growth with the same revenue..the same "boundaries"as you say?...You resent the salaries of the PC and the CM. All you would have to do is get the education and experience that they have, and you could qualify for their jobs....the same as the school superintendent....When I said typical, I meant that you danced and meandered around the specifics and solutions of all the problems that you allude to. You only fuss about the problems, with no concrete solutions...and yes, I agree, you are long winded.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: But I beg to differ with you and your 'Tirade' as you continue with all of us in planning your speech with respect that 'none of us know as much as you'. I was just, and still do, say to you, 'What is your expression, or thoughts, of what and how should these different divisions of the city of Killeen supposed to function' and you still have not said what you think. It is all fine and good to ask for everybody else to give an explanation, but what about you???? If you don't want, or can't express your thoughts about the various subjects that have entered here then you should 'keep your mouth shut' until you can state something, anything, as a corrective solution.
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dailymajor

Alllvin, I said from the outset I don't know all the answers, that's why I ask, but...neither do you, and you want to give the impression that you do. All you do is repeat what is said in an article, suggesting, I guess, that the readers of this article aren't smart enough to read the article and comprehend it,... then you give your opinions about all that is wrong with the city, and when given the opportunity, the school district...You gripe and moan, fuss and complain, over and over and over, about everything. ..The fact is, that you do not know enough about the inner workings of the city or the school district to be critiquing either. We all know there are problems. I don't think your griping, complaining, and repeating articles is going to do a whole lot of goodfor anything, beyond giving you someone to talk to and something to do.

dailymajor

Allllvin, ...BTW, I have expressed my thoughts. I just don't take a page and a half to do it...You telling me to "keep your mouth shut" is awfully brave of you..writing in this paper. That seems about typical of you, though. Very typical.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

I am not an elected thief. I'm just another internet dummy. I don't get paid to solve problems. I'm here doing my community service by alerting all elected thieves to problems they should fix. The unlicensed police chief is paid to reduce crime. The elected thieves get fifty bucks a month, plus perks, to solve problems. An ignorant dummy like me shouldn't be asked for advice. I'm so dumb I forget my name.

dailymajor

Snow, perhaps you should be a little more specific about your "concerns". You are throwing an awfully wide blanket, with no relief offered, but I do appreciate your honest answer.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Don't you worry about the pure one, "dailymajor", SNOW WHITE. SNOW WHITE is not now, nor has SNOW WHITE ever been a thief. SNOW WHITE is not a criminal, or does SNOW WHITE aspire to become a criminal. Old SNOW WHITE is doing just fine. I have no ambitions to run for any elective or appointive office. I'll just sit here in the peanut gallery with the others and throw peanuts in the circus ring for the monkeys and elephants to enjoy.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: You are continuing on with your tirade calling for the ones who object to the way this city is being ran and asking for 'the fix' for the problems that have been encountered by 'the others who are and have in the past been empowered to 'fix' these problems. Where is your concern 'on the others'????

Where is our city madministration, the KPD, the KISD school board that are either paid or otherwise committed to doing all of these wonderful and marvelous things????
Does this city want to fund the necessary expenditures that it would take to assess and make changes to all of these ills????
What, if anything, do you personally see as 'fault with this city administration and KISD, and you personally.

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dailymajor

Alllvin, I'm glad I gave you another word for your vocabulary, but I assure you I am not in a "tirade" about anything, Do I appreciate your long winded rants about all that is wrong with no specifics for cures? No, not at all, but no tirade here......You ask about funding, but you are against raising taxes. "Does this city want to fund the necessary expenditures that it would take....?"... I am sure the city would love to have more funds to work with for the PD and upkeep of the city in particular, but then some citizens start hollering about waste, indulgence, on and on...and are against any type of raise in taxes, no matter what. ...I have found that most citizens that scream the loudest about city government and the KISD are the ones that know the absolute least about both. They want resolution without any new taxes, which unfortunately, isn't going to happen.

dailymajor

"Snow White".. you are very good at pointing out the wrongs and placing blame. Tell us, how would you fix all those problems that you allude to. Don't put the blame on everyone else, you have already done that. How would YOU take care of all of the crime in Killeen? Not anyone else, YOU.

Alvin

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@SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves: I have to agree with you on your analogy of this town. This town has gone down ever since I moved here and it apparently dates back to at least 1990 when control of the city council. That's ½ of our chartered city leadership and the other is a city manager who I don't see as 'building bridges other than the one proposed to span Trimmer Creek. As I see it, 'nothing monumental has or is slated to come out of this city managers office' nor an answer as to 'why wasn't done about the person who shredded documentation that could have had some bearing on this city's audit' and 'what was the city manager's view on the KEDC board and city council membership being taken as normal instead of being classified as dual roles for similar people, namely responsible for city functions and KEDC board membership that is in a 'for profit' organization, as at the last accounting, and I paraphrase here: 'over 1.5 Million taken in as rental on property owned by the KEDC organization. What about it city manager Olsen, do you think that this is a viable organization and should the city council be involved in any way?

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SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

What will 2018 GIVE to KILLeen denizens? Murder, mayhem, armed robberies, rapes, sexual assaults, child molestations, online sexual solicitations, higher taxes, rampant drug abuse, declining property values, FREE roads for all snake oil house salespeople & builders, VIOLENCE, domestic abuse, sewer issues, traffic jams, roads similar to ones in battle zones, and SCAMS, CONS, RIP OFFS, in KILLeen.......

dailymajor

Snow White, ..What would YOU do to stop all the crime in Killeen. Not everyone else...YOU? Please be specific and detailed...don't speak in generalities.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: I don't want to speculate on what help the DOJ is going to be in this instance, but I do say 'there is a whole lot of crime in this town and it is just getting worse.
The comment of better street lighting would be a good deterrent, but an expensive one considering the placement of street lights at 1,200 foot intervals and decreasing that interval to 600 feet. It would call for the replacement of cabling in addition to pole placement, and new breakers.

Move to gang centered police that is centered on the removal of gangs full time. You may loose some of the uniforms off of the street, but what have we got now that is always 'chasing their tail' on this and other problems. This might even reduce the numbers of police in uniform by getting or reducing the gang problem so that more uniformed police can be on the streets and in quicker response.

Stop with the 'self centered' generalities that have came about this last 8 or 9 years, the 'politically correct' attitude that has permeated this country, and this city. If you look at what this has done to the general public you will find that it has had the effect of 'stifling' the populace. And call a spade a spade when talking or discussing items of particular ideas or circumstances.

And I will say this about this city administration culture and the KEDC Organization, this idea that has permeated this city council since 1990, is destructive to this city. Whenever a group takes the place of the city council, and this is done by the circumstance that this council 'gave the KEDC' 'a vote of confidence by allowing this KEDC Organization the authority to operate independently in the setting of of contractual matters and not saving the city harmless, without going before the in session city council to ask for the authorization to begin, thus circumventing the in session city council.

This city has done just that in the setting up of a contractual obligation with the chemical company without notifying the 'in session' city council and making them aware of this operation. There was no discussion other than the KEDC board members who are also on the city council. In my opinion, 'This should not be done, have city council members also be on the board of the KEDC who are in fact making I think it was $1.5 million dollars last year and also collected, and I paraphrase here $150,000 from the city of Killeen.

In my opinion, there should be a total and complete separation of the KEDC and the city council.

Is our city manager aware of these circumstances and what does he think about this arrangement and what of the ramifications of this arrangement.

I must say that the present operation of this city hall in respect to the chemical company has never to my knowledge called for the 'in session' city council to discuss or vote on whether or not this operation should even be encouraged, and furthermore, I have asked for this 'in session' city council to be appraised of this and to give the 'in session' city council a vote on this very matter and so far this has not come up in 'open session' of the council. Makes me think of how another past mayor handled the green affair, nover divulging any particulars even in the audit, and this mayor is operating the same way, no particulars, no vote by the 'in session' city council.

I am sorry for being so long winded, but if one condenses, one runs the condition of 'What did you say oy I don't know what you are talking about'.

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dailymajor

Alvin, you are preaching to the choir. What are YOU doing to correct all these problems besides writing letters criticizing every day. Everybody knew how you felt after your first long, long letter...People don't want to pay higher taxes, they want good roads, they want less crime and a safer Killeen, and they want a nice city that is citizen friendly. So, how would you do that? Don't go into a tirade about everyone that is wrong, how would YOU make things right...and why dont you start doing it? I know you think you are making an impact with your daily beratings, but you really are not. Why in the world, if you are so unhappy with things, don't you do something to make things better? (besides your daily writings)

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

KILLeen KINGS & QUEENS, Prince of the City; tax 'em, tax 'em, tax 'em, bleed 'em dry. They don't need that money. KILLeen needs that money to buy more churches, give raises, take trips, eat exotic food, 1st class trips to five continents,, maybe all 7. Plus, their developer BARONS & that BARONESS need to dump them homes, for sho....

dailymajor

SnowWhite, ..Please, please tell me that you did not attend the KISD.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: You are still on this rant of ridiculing me for trying to get this city administration and school administration to take the reins and start doing something good for this town instead of constantly trying to spend money that the people of Killeen does not have. You on the other hand try to ridicule people for not supporting this rampant school bond and the associated city bond in which to feather the nest of certain individuals and you know who I am referring to.

I resent your snide remark about my having a boy friend. I am a happily married man of 58 years, with the same woman thank you, so you can surmise that I am retired. And as for a hobby, I have a commitment to the people of Killeen to do everything I can to try and turn this city administration around.

There was another killing in this city so I can only hope that the Justice Department will get this town on the straight and narrow.

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dailymajor

Finally, something that I agree with you about. I do think something needs to be done immediately about the crime in our city. You think the jD has the cure all solutions? What specifically would you do to lower the crime rate, stop the killings in Killeen. Not generalities, specific examples..what would you do?..You don't have to write a book, be specific..as specific as is possible for you to be.

Alvin

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#daaailymajooor: Boy you are a barrel of laughs. In this whole discussion presented here, you can only find one single thing in an attempt to ridicule me and that is to whom I should want to cast my vote for, so I will refresh your memory:

Copy: 'I will be casting my vote for either Brad Buckley or Larry Smith. We'll have to see.' End of copy.

As I have said, in a round about sort of reasoning, 'I do not wish to cast my vote for a past mayor who did not control his budget, so I cannot see why I would want to cast my ballot in his direction. If you can't read between the lines then don't cast stones at anyone.

I didcussed the city hall rurnoil, the Killeen Police Department, the Chem plant, and the reasoning behind this, to this I'll repeat what I said before,' I say again, 'What's wrong in America' because it didn't used to be that way.'
This nation did not have the multitude of problems that we addressing here today, and I'll give you a hint at where I think it should/could start with progression and that is 'The English Language' where everybody is speaking the one common language of this country'.
But I see you did not want to enter into a discussion on anything else that of a more worthwhile discussion, I'll bid you 'adieu'.

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dailymajor

Alllvin, you really need to find a job, or get married, find a girl friend, boy friend, get a hobby, or something. You really have waaay to much time on your hands.

Alvin

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Copy: 'KILLEEN CITY HALL: The city of Killeen administration — marked by turmoil in 2016 — finally experienced some stability at the top this year. But what will happen next?' End of copy.

In my opinion, there is much more to go on in change if this city council doesn't force many issues that are noteworthy, namely the bond issues, $40.6 million for the city of Killeen and $246 million for the school district, Also, the impact that the KEDC has on city government, and the chemical plant that is proceeding although many of the citizens are against this move and in my opinion, it is squarely on the shoulders of some of the city council. Others were 'not involved'.

Why is it that this newspaper only reported on the disabled veteran home owner exemption that is reducing Killeen's tax base by $4.4 million.

Copy: 'Among the many challenges facing next year’s budget is the continued constraint on revenue from disabled veteran property tax exemptions — which alone strip about $4.4 million annually from the city’s general fund.' End of copy.

Question: 'Do you want them to leave and give you nothing????

Copy: 'In response to that constraint, the city passed a fiscal year 2018 budget that was notably slim on public safety overtime and positions, community activities, and road maintenance funds, among other expenditure cuts.' End of copy.

It all goes to the way this city is conducting itself, massive overtime for certain groups of people, city council, by and large, squandering peoples (citizens) money in programs like the one that the KPD bought police cruisers 'that were too small so that the officers when they had the full compliment of the hardware that is installed in the vehicle, there was no room for the officer and the citizens who pays these bills were forced, and I say forced as the previous city council provided money for 'other vehicles'. And the 34 vacant positions were part of the 'slimming down' of this department. This are just simplified illustration of what is/was going on.

Copy: 'In 2018, if conditions stay the same, the city could be up for another round of cuts in an already slimmed down operational account.' End of copy.

In my opinion, more is necessary.

Copy: 'KILLEEN POLICE: After the deadliest year in the last two decades, Killeen police will try to halt the upward climb of violent crime in 2018. They’ll have some help from the Department of Justice.' End of copy.

What went wrong in this nation and in this city to have such an explosion of general and overall crime???? Fifty years ago this nation was not like it is now. People could go out and enjoy themselves, but not anymore. The rash of killings, murders, rapes, and in general mayhem. Everybody is against each other with socialized networking, people not wanting to voice an opinion because of 'not wanting to hurt anybody's feelings. The way it was 60 to 70 years ago, you didn't have to worry about hurt feelings because there was not the 'cause' that there is now. Do you think that the way it was or the way it is now is best for the United States????

Copy: 'Kimble wouldn’t rule out the possibility of more officers being added to the staff in the near future, but he said when he approaches the Killeen City Council, he wants to have a plan.'
Continuation of copy: “How many officers does KPD need?” he said. “If I reach out to the community one more time and find out, what do they need from us? Do our response times to 911 calls need to be better? If there’s a level of expectation there, then I can say that.” End of copy.

Of course he's in the concept building mode right now. If he has a department of approximately 300, I then ask the question 'What's wrong in America that it takes that amount of manpower to 'quell this disturbance and I can't even say that because it is not even bordering on 'being quelled', but increasing.

I say again, 'What's wrong in America' because it didn't used to be that way.

Construction on Fort Hood, totaling about $65 million dollars, the bulk of it went to a temple based MW Builders with contract awards of $10 to $15 million spent on new furniture and security upgrades. Well done Killeen.
And as far as 'Deep financial policy changes that are still in the future, well I say, 'bring on these new programs so that we can see then for ourselves, not in a future mode, but now.
Copy: 'Grady also plans to audit the Killeen Police Department state seizure fund, city planning and funding for vehicle replacement, city policies governing the authorization and use of compensatory time, and Animal Services.'
Continuation of copy: 'No timeline is set yet for when each is to be completed, but Grady said in August at least one per quarter could be expected.' End of copy.
I seem to feel that is too long a time line and certainly something can be provided before this, such as a single time frame for one of these topics to discover whether or not there is evidence of a problem there.
And of course there s always another bond issue and before you start jumping up and down, it has been said that the previous bond has not been paid off so that would be doubling down on bond payments, and as I've said,the city administrative group and the school board is supposed to 'work within the framework of policies and dollar amounts that are set aside for just that purpose'. Well in both cases, 'it's not working out that way'. So I am going to place my vote, if it even comes up for a vote, as a 'NO' on both issues.
I will be casting my vote for either Brad Buckley or Larry Smith. We'll have to see.

Copy: 'CHEM PLANT: Despite the secrecy, despite the public outcry and despite the members of the Killeen City Council who were adamantly opposed to it, the MGC Pure Chemicals America plant will continue construction in 2018.' End of copy.

Yes I am trying my darnedest to get this sweetheart arrangement disavowed. This concept of having city council members automatically have 3 seats on the KEDC board, and the fact that this KEDC were 'given' authority to enter into and sign contracts that were not of 'saving harmless' this city, and having that authority so that they can and could enter into the contracts without ever having to go before the city council for said authority, and to have the city give to the KEDC $ hundreds of thousands of funds when the KEDC has a payroll in the millions of dollars annually, well there should not be an arrangement of having the city council member having a seat on the KEDC Board. There should be complete separation between these two groups.
And the final comment where Marvin Guy has been sitting for more than three years for shooting a policeman in the face while the Killeen Police Department was conducting a 'no-knock' warrant arrest, my feelings on this matter are, first I want to say 'no policeman should be shot and killed in the performance of his duty, but I don't think that entrance should be attempted in a bedroom or bathroom window, it should be conducted through a door.
This man was a leader of the police department special weapons and tactics team. I want to mention, 'the armor vest that he was wearing and the 5 Sheriffs department vests didn't save them from bodily harm so why does this police department keep spending money for armor???? How many officers have been shot while wearing protective vests say in the last 5 years????

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dailymajor

Alllvin, you will be casting your vote for either Brad Buckley or Larry Smith???..You really don't know the huge differences in those two men by now? Dr. Buckley and Smith are so far apart about absolutely everything...and you can't make up your mind. Sad.

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