LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Debt cost savings, airport improvements and easing of the city’s regulation of for-hire transportation companies are on Tuesday’s Killeen City Council agenda.

Council members will vote whether to proceed with the process of refunding, or refinancing, up to $40,115,000 in outstanding obligation bonds to save the city at least $2.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a memorandum. The maximum maturity date is Aug. 1, 2036, and there will be no extension in the term or size of the debt, the memo said.

The council will consider approving nearly $600,000 for a professional services agreement with Garver, LLC.

The company would perform design, bidding, contract administration and construction services for passenger boarding bridges at the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport.

All of the funding is covered by an FAA grant (90 percent) and by passenger facility charges (10 percent).

“Despite a rigorous preventative maintenance program used by the airport, these bridges are experiencing ever increasing mechanical and maintenance issues,” a memo said. The original equipment manufacturer of the bridges is no longer in business, and parts and maintenance support are difficult to obtain.

Some of the parts necessary to keep the bridges operational in the past had to be imported from Europe, the memo said.

A second part of the request to council is the authorization of expenditure in the fiscal year 2018 budget of several capital improvement projects at the airport using the passenger facility charges ($1.3 million) and customer facility charges ($1.6 million). PFC projects include upgrades to the flight information and common use system ($750,000) and rehabilitating Terminal Access Road ($291,000). CFC projects include covered parking for the rental car parking lot ($1 million) and car wash facility improvements ($600,000).

There is no negative impact to the Aviation Fund balance, the memo said.

The council will decide whether to amend the city’s transportation code to simplify regulation of for-hire transportation services, such as taxis and limousines.

Main changes include having all transportation companies obtain a five-year operating license instead of a five-year franchise for taxicabs and three-year authority for other services; elimination of vehicle inspections (state inspection would apply); and modifying driver requirements in keeping with state law for transportation network company drivers, according to a city memo.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. at 101 N. College St. Go to http://bit.ly/2ztEVYw to see the agenda.

Immediately following the regular meeting, the council will convene for a workshop at 210 W. Avenue C to consider a Killeen Police Department request to use a state grant to purchase 225 units of rifle-resistant body armor worth $127,350; and continue its discussion of city financial planning and policies. Go to http://bit.ly/2iL5zlt to see the agenda.

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Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@eyewatchingu: I believe the Chief gets $130,000, the City Manager is the one that gets the big bucks.

I don't know about them getting voted out of office. You know it was thought that when we voted the last of the fired incumbents that we could now get something done. WRONG. It just started up with greater vigor, We now have a $50 million dollar water plant, that keeps growing, a chemical plant thanks to the KEDC that just does what they feel like, and we now have a mini city council of 4 players because that's what a forum of the city council so that's the way the wind blows, just what this quorum of city council council rules. And you can tell what these members want because the vote is always the same for these council members. And when they put 2 city council members plus the mayor, and you consider the other 2 council members always vote the same, the 4 council members constitute a quorum so it does not matter what the other 3 want to do, they already have a quorum vote in this council.

That's why I am trying to get this council's attention and have the 2 city council members not vote because they should have any voting privileges on the city council while the hold down a directorship of the KEDC thus only 5 members should vote on all matters that concerns the KEDC plus what the city manager mentioned concerning a super majority of 6 out of the 7 council members would be required as to any matters that concern this council. That would stop all or a majority of the secret meetings and make for a more transparent city government. Let's face it, 'it couldn't hurt could it'.

To the budget of this city, I have been trying to get a budget that is worthwhile and meaningful. It does not make any sense to prepare a budget, get it passed, then start changing,increasing, the budget. I say, 'get it right the first time'. As to the armored vests, why couldn't that have been out for the installation of these vests, and included as a part of the budget. It's on;y 6 weeks into this budget and changes are starting to come in. It's this way every year, and it's something to do with the police department. Where does that 'extra money come from other than we have a general budget that can pass for any and everything, a 'Rob Peter to pay Paul' type of operation.

And look what the city planning commission is doing, after the city quorum of 4 gave the permission, this city planning committee is almost every week putting requests for additional homes all over this city and it's going to a specified set og home builders, building these cracker box postage size homes that look just alike all over the place.

And finally, when is this city council going to place a vote on the chemical company, one in which it is held in an in session city council meeting with minutes and everything. I would like to see more in session meetings. And why is there a second workshop meeting instead of holding the city council in all matters that are going to go before this city council'

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

The federal thieves might let you keep a couple dollars more, but the local thieves are planning to rob you.

eyewatchingu

I sure hope some of that armor is being spent on Armor for our 4 legged K9 officers. Not that cheap stuff.
If we can spend, spend and spend and even pay a fake cop 180k. Well I want to see better equipment for the K9's.
The K9 equipment is lacking from what I have seen.

@Alivin they are doing this because they all know their time is at hand and they better pushing things though now before each and everyone either gets recalled or voted out.
They have finally been seen for what they truly are. Racist, money grabbing, uneducated/poorly educated, slumlords and down right no good humans.
Their jig is up and the people know it.

I have always stood behind our men in Blue, yet at this moment in time, I just wish our good officers would stand up and walk out. I would be more then happy to bring them coffee and food.

I want to see the gang bangers removed, I want to see them go after the racist hate groups, naacp, and the blm,. The BLM and Naacp joined hands, we lost many good Officer's and we do not need a hate group funded by a 501non profit status In our community.
How many Officer's were killed in Dallas because of the BLM/Naacp?
Just wait when that cop killer from Killeen gets sentenced to death, Jones and her teenage BLM members will be burning down Dist 1, and this fake cop is going to tell the officers to stand down, so Jones and her gang bangers can loot and burn!

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

It seems to me that 'you don't get anything free, there is always a price to be paid', yet this city's financial picture is always glossed over saying, in essence, 'you can get something for nothing'. This city council is once again being asked for the following;
Copy: 'Council members will vote whether to proceed with the process of refunding, or refinancing, up to $40,115,000 in outstanding obligation bonds to save the city at least $2.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a memorandum. The maximum maturity date is Aug. 1, 2036, and there will be no extension in the term or size of the debt.' End of copy.

I am no financial wizard, but it seems to me that if you increase the length of a contract, then you must be paying more, to close the remaining cost of your present contract, set a cost for the terms of extending the life of the contract, thus the total amount of the life of the contract is increased. Why then is this financial group wanting this council to vote in the affirmative????

Why is this council being asked to 'proceed with the process of refunding OR refinancing up to $40,115,000 in outstanding obligation bonds'. There seems to be a duality of actions here, 'refunding' to cause the amount of outstanding loan balance to be refinanced, OR 'refinancing', to cause a new loan to be entered into'. Which is it, 'refund' or 'refinance'???? In either case, this action will 'cause the length of the terms to be increased y a given amount. I'm of the opinion 'That you can't get something for nothing'.

Copy: 'The maximum maturity date is Aug. 1, 2036, and there will be no extension in the term or size of the debt, the memo said.' End of copy.

Again, I do not see a company saying 'we will reduce the given overall obligation of your debt, out of the goodness of our heart with no increase in the terms of your debt'. How many times has this city 'Refinanced or refunded this city's obligated amount to still 'owe $40,115,000'????

Then there is a cost of nearly $600,000 for a service agreement with Garver, LLC. This city just completed an annual budget that started October 1, 2017 and continues until September 30, 2018 and this is just 6 weeks into the new budget, so I am asking for a justification of 'why did this not get put into the city's annual budget before being finalized???? Did this city 'not know' of these upcoming expenditures???? That IS the reason with a total cost, to include 'all that is found to be expended by this city for the coming year, or an 'annual budget', and now just 6 weeks into this new budget this city is already asking for an increase in expenditure, and I don't think it will stop there, s 'what is the purpose of providing an annual budget if no one is going to live by it'????

Copy: '“Despite a rigorous preventative maintenance program used by the airport, these bridges are experiencing ever increasing mechanical and maintenance issues,” a memo said. The original equipment manufacturer of the bridges is no longer in business, and parts and maintenance support are difficult to obtain.
Some of the parts necessary to keep the bridges operational in the past had to be imported from Europe, the memo said.' End of copy.

What happened to 'BUY AMERICAN' if w purchased from European company's that have gone out of business???? Doesn't sound like such a good deal to me and are we going to go down the road following the same council????

Copy: 'A second part of the request to council is the authorization of expenditure in the fiscal year 2018 budget of several capital improvement projects at the airport using the passenger facility charges ($1.3 million) and customer facility charges ($1.6 million). PFC projects include upgrades to the flight information and common use system ($750,000) and rehabilitating Terminal Access Road ($291,000). CFC projects include covered parking for the rental car parking lot ($1 million) and car wash facility improvements ($600,000).'

Continuation of copy: 'There is no negative impact to the Aviation Fund balance, the memo said.' End of copy.

There again, 'Why is this council being asked to cover the expenditure of this amount if there is no negative impact to the Aviation Fund Balance'???? Why isn't there a means of 'Gathering together all of the expenditures that is expected for the coming year, reaching a means of gathering together the coming expenditures with expected revenues to say 'we can do all of the things we expect and do not want any additional funding for this coming year'????

Copy: 'Immediately following the regular meeting, the council will convene for a workshop at 210 W. Avenue C to consider a Killeen Police Department request to use a state grant to purchase 225 units of rifle-resistant body armor worth $127,350; and continue its discussion of city financial planning and policies. Go to http://bit.ly/2iL5zlt to see the agenda.' End of copy.

Why do they want to 'end one session of the city council just to reconvene for a workshop to consider what is to be that should have been a consideration for expenditure in this years budget'???? It should have been known that this city's police department was going to ask for additional funding for the purpose of 225 units of rifle resistant armor'. It's sees strange that this police department would find it necessary to ask for 'rifle resistant armor in lieu of any other type of armor that could have been purchased at that time.

And what is 'continue its discussion of city financial planning and policies'???? Why doesn't this belong as a city wide subject for discussion????

If there is additional topics for discussion, it should be in 'open session of this council', not in secret session where the public is not present, Transparancy is the order of the day, or should be'.

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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