Killeen City Councilman Steve Harris is seeking a change in city ordinance to provide more street lamps in Killeen neighborhoods, according to an email sent to City Manager Ron Olson.
As part of an agenda item request Dec. 22, Harris said he had been repeatedly contacted by residents concerned by a lack of lighting in neighborhoods.
Harris, citing a city ordinance that requires street lamps be placed at every intersection and at intervals of 1,200 feet on city blocks, said the rules didn’t provide enough light.
“After inquiring about the specifics of our street light ordinance, I have come to a conclusion that a change in some specifics of this ordinance is required,” Harris said.
As a possible solution, Harris favored closing the lamp intervals to 600 feet in spacing, or roughly one-eighth of a mile, which could put an additional street light on each block depending on the block’s length.
Per council protocol, council member agenda requests face a consensus vote at a council workshop prior to full consideration.
In two other agenda item requests sent Dec. 22, Harris requested a discussion on better street markings in North Killeen and an update from the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 on the state of the district’s under-construction water treatment plant on Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
The plant was bid for construction July 5 with Houston-based CSA Engineers Inc., for $41 million and will be funded through a bond issue paid back by district customers.
The water district is the city of Killeen’s sole wholesale drinking water provider with a contractual agreement dating back to 1952, when the district was created. The district pumps more than 13 trillion gallons to the city annually and owns about $200 million in reported enterprise assets.
Last projected to be completed in 2019, the plant is now expected to be substantially completed in May 2020 after a lengthy wait for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental approval, according to water district general manager Rickey Garrett.
“It has almost been one year since the full Killeen City Council has received a full scale update on the progress of the construction of the water plant located at Stillhouse Hollow Lake,” Harris wrote. “Although there was a small piece in the Killeen Daily Herald earlier this year that gave a small mention on the progress of the plant, I believe this update will provide a more in depth update both to the council and the citizens with information regarding possible questions, praises and, or concerns.”