The looming investigation of city finances, public safety and public works expenditures, and several rezoning requests are among nearly 30 items to be addressed at the Killeen City Council workshop Tuesday.

Council members approved an audit March 14, and are hiring Houston-based public accounting firm McConnell & Jones for $394,456, paid biweekly as work is completed, administrators have said.

Because the scope of the audit affects mainly the general fund, water and sewer fund, and solid waste fund, each will be tapped to provide a portion of the money, a city memorandum reads.

The general fund will pay 70 percent ($276,119), Water & Sewer will pay 20 percent ($78,891), and Solid Waste will pay 10 percent ($39,446). An amendment for the general fund will be $216,687 because $59,432 was already budgeted.

An audit visioning session is scheduled Tuesday. which will help the firm focus and survey the council for any outstanding concerns, City Auditor Matthew Grady previously said. Firm partner Odysseus Lanier is expected to attend.

The council will also receive the city’s annual financial report produced by Weaver, LLP. Representatives will present the findings at the meeting.

The goal of the state-mandated yearly audit is to provide “reasonable assurance” that the financial statements of the city of Killeen, for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, were free of material misstatement.

None of the previous audits of this type raised flags about financial concerns, Councilman Jim Kilpatrick has said.

Next, city administrators are requesting to use proceeds from the Police State Seizure Fund to buy equipment with a combined worth of $135,073.

State law authorizes the state to share forfeited property and cash seized during criminal investigations with the participating law enforcement agency, a memorandum reads, to “allow local law enforcement to fund programs that expand crime fighting resources ... above what is routinely accessible through the normal budget process.”

The Killeen Police Department said its Tactical Response Unit needs tactical entry helmets ($9,000); microphones, hearing protection and accessories ($40,223); a rescue vehicle cargo box ($3,700); and chemical/biological air respirators ($27,720).

The Special Investigations Division needs a DVR examiner ($2,700) to make it easier to recover surveillance video from local businesses and homes after an incident. It would allow a detective to capture evidence in a forensically sound method, a city memorandum says.

The patrol division wants to replace one of two night vision instruments ($5,230) because they have exceeded the recommended manufacturer life expectancy, and one is no longer repairable. It is also requesting emergency medical trauma kits ($21,000).

The department’s organized crime unit would like to upgrade the equipment used to recover data from cellphones and devices that use memory cards ($25,500).

The city plans to use $572,449 from a 2015 federal firefighting grant to purchase $629,454.01 worth of self-contained breathing apparatus, cylinders, masks and voice amplifiers, leaving the city to pay $57,005.01.

A street sweeper ($225,335) is required to meet state requirements to reduce the amount of sediment entering the city’s water system and to prevent water quality violations, the city says.

Council members also will consider nine property zoning requests, including one to reclassify about 113 acres along the north side of Chaparral Road, just over half a mile west of Killeen/Harker Heights city limits, from “R-1” single-family residential to Planned Unit Development with “R-1” single-family residential.

The new classification would allow Gary W. Purser Sr. 1999 Trust and RSBP Developers Inc., the flexibility to permit a variety of development projects that could include multiple land uses, a city memorandum said.

Development of additional streets, and “significant” traffic generation are anticipated after buildout, it adds.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval 4 to 2 on March 6, with Commissioner Ben Purser abstaining.

Go to bit.ly/2mH0YRU to see the agenda.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. at the city Utility Collections building, 210 W. Avenue C.

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