LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Killeen City Council will discuss its meeting protocol and duties during its workshop session Tuesday.

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 city is in the final stages of approving new financial rules in light of a $394,000 external management audit completed in August.

The new policy formalizes long-term budget strategy, limitations on issuing debt, and the promotion of better control and oversight of city assets and funds.

Olson said the council would go through a series of policy reforms before the next budget creation process. Consideration of long-term budget strategy policy is expected to follow the council protocol discussion.

On Tuesday, the council will also discuss a slew of grants to help pay for police body armor, transportation safety programs and pet adoption preparation.

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.

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.

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.

At the workshop, the council will also:

  • 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.

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(1) comment

Alvin

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.


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