LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting grants to help pay for police body armor, transportation safety programs and pet adoption preparation at its workshop today.

The council will discuss accepting $124,933 in Special Traffic Enforcement Program grant funds from the Texas Department of Transportation. The program provides reimbursable funds for specific traffic safety initiatives including speed control and intersection traffic control.

The city will provide a local one-time match of $73,937 to pay for salaries, benefits and gas mileage. There are no new hires under this grant and no future encumbrance, city officials said.

The council will also discuss accepting a fully funded state grant to outfit Killeen officers with tactical body armor.

The grant will provide more than $120,000 for the equipment and requires no local match. The grant has a five-year warranty period after which the city will be responsible for maintenance and replacement.

The original resolution to accept the grant was postponed last week after a legal notice was inaccurately filed.

The council will also discuss its meeting protocol and duties today.

The council’s rules of order and methods of conducting business and making appointments will be at the center of a new proposal compiled by City Manager Ron Olson, who has spent the last few months overhauling the city’s administrative policies.

The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. at the Utilities Collection Building, 210 W. Avenue C.

The council’s agenda can be viewed online at killeen.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

In other business, the council will:

  • Discuss the purchase of $95,000 of training and duty ammunition for the Killeen Police Department. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
  • Discuss the purchase of $300,000 in Killeen Fire Department uniforms paid over the next three years. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the 2018 budget.
  • Discuss the purchase of $450,000 in consumable medical supplies for the fire department paid over the next three years. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the 2018 budget.

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(4) comments

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@Kyle Blankenship: I stand corrected on this particular article as I see the does state that in this case the funds are in listed as 'allocated', but there have been many previous articles in which another article was in fact listed that was of a similar content, just the title was changed and they were, as you say, 'not removed from circulation', just removed from the front page where nobody can see them. Why could you not 'place these articles in addition to instead of moving them to the back page so to speak where they were not available for reading????

But I contend that 'other financial gains throughout the years have gone through the annual budget process and have been added to the budget in which no money had been allocated thus increasing the budget. My question is and was, 'where did these spurious funds materialize from over the years????

This I have brought to the attention many times in the past to no avail.

Question: 'Do you remember the email content that was exchanged between the two of us'????

So I stand by my conviction that there is a lot of contention about the city administration, the city council, the mayor, and statements made by the city manager of which there is no basis and I'll give you two examples. 1.) in which the city manager stated that he was going to switch the method of introducing new items to a vote by the council membership of which ones that would be deemed as acceptable. I don't recall that a vote was even taken on that initiative, but just ruled by the council that councilman Steve Harris could not introduce the amendment in which he called for a moratorium on the new city water plant. Another instance in which our city manager said he was going to introduce a 'super Majority' in certain cases. That has never been introduced before the city council. In that case, I would allow that the members of the KEDC not be allowed to vote as they would be voting to sustain their membership thus allowing the council to remain 'as is', which should not be allowed for reasons stated. The other option I would suggest is the city manager's suggestion of a super majority, 6 out of the seven members br required to pass any changes that would be for monetary gain of the city of Killeen, and to remove from membership the council members with KEDC membership. There should be a complete and total dis-allowance of any member of the council on the KEDC Board of Directors and this sweet heart deal between the city council of Killeen, Texas and the KEDC should be disavowed keeping the dealings of KEDC totally separate where there is no contention of conviction on the part of anyone???? That has been a 'bone of contention' since the introduction of the Chemical plant, without any notice, and the fact that the, what I call a sweetheart deal between the KEDC and the city council and the fact that it is written into the bylaws that the KEDC can introduce dealings with outside company's on their own in which they can 'act as an agent for the city of Killeen. This should not be. As such, I have been writing in that there should be a separation of KEDC or negate the 3 votes of members that are resident on the KEDC Board of Directors. Either or, but 'there should be a total separation of powers between the two.

I have been asking for a vote of confidence of the chemical plant deal which has not materialized as of yet.

So I contend that either you place beside the articles in which rewrite is necessary so that all of the articles that have been commented on get the necessary proper review. And before you start commenting 'what is proper review', I can tell you that 'all articles in which this newspaper deems proper, so should a review. If It is worthy of print, so should all comments whether or not you see them as valid or not.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

KILLeen taxes, assesses fees, collects fines, court costs, and God knows what else. Yet, enough is never enough. Now they BEG the federal government for MORE money, which was TAXED and confiscated from working people all across the land. Now KILLeen needs a lousy $120K to buy life saving vests for REAL police officers, and maybe a pretend CoP, too. At one time in this country people paid their own way, and didn't beg their way. If a person couldn't afford it, they deferred their need or want, until it could be afforded.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

It has come to the attention that perhaps this writer, Kyle Blankenship, Herald Staff Writer, is attempting to help the city administrative group by 'changing the letterhead on certain articles and removing them from circulation'.

To wit: The article 'Killeen council to discuss meeting protocol policy' and ' Killeen council to discuss grant opportunities'. These are both dealing with the continued operation of the administrative group of the city of Killeen. These are, for all intent, duplicates of the same article. Let us see if both of these articles will remain in the content of this newspaper or just one.

I repeat for clarity the previous article:

Copy: 'This is the personal opinion of this writer.

I believe this is long overdue, but you say the city is going to 'discuss protocols and duties during it's next workshop.

I believe the 'Robert's Rules would be a good rule to follow, except:

1. Do not limit the time for a citizen who has traveled to the city hall, waited until the time has elapsed for all other matters to be discussed, only to find him or herself limited to 3 minutes. They must have felt it was worthy of discussion and to limit them to a mere 3 minutes, 'is a slap in the face', not worth of consideration.
2. Call for a city wide vote on whether or not the council/mayor should be firmly implanted in 3 seats of the KEDC board or whether or not if the seats on the KEDC board of directors should be non voting when it comes to all matters pertaining to the KEDC. And if the KEDC is authorized to perform duties that give the KEDC sole discretion in matters of state, in this summation it should be in matters of the city of Killeen.
3. If this is as stated:
Copy: 'The city is in the final stages of approving new financial rules in light of a $394,000 external management audit completed in August.' End of copy.

There needs to be some additional work completed as certain parties indiscriminately shredded some documents that may have had some beneficial information that could have had some bearing on this city and it's officers. These individuals are still on the city of Killeen payroll and it is the opinion of this writer that it shouldn't be so. You know who these individuals are. It is my opinion that there is too much recycling of personnel and their positions to make this city administrative group ineffective.
The method of supplying conversation to matters that are already introduced as authorized budget items need not be addressed in the formal council session, just a note by the city manager that 'certain activities have been completed since the last vity council meeting. But items that should be of concern, namely the KEDC having the power and authority to go around the city council in all matters that pertain to the operation of the KEDC. In my opinion, this needs to stopped as identified earlier in this written article format.

Copy: 'The city will provide a local match of $73,937 to pay for salaries, benefits and gas mileage.
The council will also discuss accepting a fully-funded state grant to outfit Killeen officers with tactical body armor.
The grant will provide more than $120,000 for the equipment and requires no local match. The original resolution to accept the grant was postponed last week after a legal notice was inaccurately filed.' End of copy.

What is the justification that the city will match $73,937, the city voting to provide for a grant of $120,000 without authorizing the funds will be accumulated within the time span for the replacement of this body armor. Needs to be spelled out in this session otherwise It is the opinion of this writer that no such authorization be allowed.

Copy: 'Discuss the purchase of $95,000 of training and duty ammunition for the Killeen Police Departments. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
Discuss the purchase of $300,000 in Killeen Fire Department uniforms paid over the next three years. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the 2018 budget.
Discuss the purchase of $450,000 in consumable medical supplies for the fire department paid over the next three years. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the 2018 budget.' End of copy.

It is the opinion of this writer that the above mentioned items should have been covered in the last annual budget, not here in the format of 'new business'.

Where is the money going to come from if the 'budget was balanced'????

This amounts to $845,000 dollars of un-allocated funding.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.' End of copy.

Staff
Kyle Blankenship

Mr. Drury, we do two preview articles on Monday and Tuesday prior to City Council meetings with some of the same content. The previous article has not been "removed from circulation." You can simply search for the previous article on our website. Also to your concern on "unallocated funding," the article clearly states the expenditures are allocated in the fiscal year 2018 budget and need council approval. Thanks.

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