The Killeen City Council will get an opportunity to discuss the future of the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport on Tuesday.
Council members in a workshop will get an early look at the Airport Master Plan, and what area residents this week will see in three public meetings in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Harker Heights. The master plan document narrows what the airport’s short-term, intermediate and long-term goals should be.
City leaders are trying to figure out the best way to overcome challenges.
Last year logged the weakest total passenger activity in more than 12 years at the Killeen airport, according to the latest numbers provided by the city last week, while Delta Air Lines’ planned departure Monday leaves American Airlines and United Airlines with two carriers.
Among airport-related items to be discussed Tuesday, council members will hear about the timeline for developing the master plan, airport facility requirements and receive a status on where the airport stands.
In other business, the council will consider:
• Allocating $298,141 in federal funding to Quality Concrete Construction for sidewalk improvements that are part of the fourth phase of the Stewart neighborhood project
• Granting a license to Killeen Express Shuttle to transport passengers between a local Walmart parking lot to Austin’s airport
• Carrying forward $15,526,265 from fiscal year 2017 to 2018
Council members also will cast their first votes of the new year.
A regular meeting prior to the workshop will be brief with two items: minor revisions to Killeen Economic Development Corporation bylaws, and the first of two public hearings regarding the redirection of $209,248 in federal grant funding from a canceled Girl Scouts project toward restroom and entry renovations at the Bob Gilmore Senior Center.
The restroom and entry are noncompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city said in a presentation.
“I am so happy,” said Councilwoman Debbie Nash-King during discussion last week about the potential renovations. “This money is going for a worthy cause.”
The council will convene at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 101 N. College St., and the workshop will follow immediately at the Utility Collections’ Building, 210 W. Ave. C.
Three public meetings this week will let area residents and businesses provide input on the Airport Master Plan.
The first meeting is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Killeen Utility Collections Conference Room, 210 W. Avenue C.
Two meetings will be at the same time and date the next day, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, but at different locations: the Harker Heights Activities Center, Room C, 400 Indian Trail in Harker Heights, and at the Copperas Cove Council Chambers, 508 S. Second St., in Copperas Cove.