LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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.”

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SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Come on KILLeen city COuNcil, start taxing these residents for street lights.
You are powerful elected officials and you can tax these constituents for these services. You are charging them for garbage, water, sewer, and even for run off water from watering lawns, cooking, not just sewage. Tax them $100 per home for a street light (whether they have one working or not), and an additional $25 for each person in their home. That's right, even babies need to pay up for using those street lights while lying in their cribs.

You also need to charge a car tax of $50/month for each car registered to a city address.

Make them pay.

They have NO choice, you are their KINGS and QUEENS.

Gotta get that CHEDDA baby.

Love Our Planet

I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS!!!! I have been complaining about it being so dark in our neighborhoods for the last 13 years! I have had my house broken into, my car broken into, and my shed broken into. It is so dark on our streets that criminals can easily get in and out without anyone even seeing them. Someone was actually able to break into my car and lift the hood and steal my water pump without anyone knowing! Taking the water pump off of a vehicle is not a snatch and run job! It requires some tools, effort and time. Yet, in the dark with probably only a flashlight they were able to do that!! I promise the darkness of these neighborhoods is the perfect cover for thieves! This is one area that the city should spend money on. It could potentially save us residents thousands of dollars!

House items stolen:
Jewelry- high school ring, family heirlooms, pieces with sentimental meanings. Never seen again! ALL IRREPLACEABLE!!!
Video game consuls and games - XBox, Wii, PlayStation, Gameboy (SO MANY GAMES GONE!
TWO 45+ inch TVs
Plus, they tried to kick in my sliding glass door only to bend the track, threw a rock through my back window shattering it, and left my fridge and freezer opened to spoil all my food! All of that cost money to replace/fix!

Luckily, my shed only contained school carnival games and school party supplies, so that was of no interest, or value, to them. They did break the handle off of it which made me spend money for a new one and a large latch.

Had to buy a new water pump for my car and that was a pain. By the time everything was said and done it was more than a $100 because they damaged other areas.

I can safely say I'm out some irreplaceable jewelry and easily a few thousand dollars!

PLEASE LIGHT UP THIS CITY!!!!

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

On the surface, I do not favor an ordinance change as it would be entirely too cost prohibitive. We have enough on our plate right now with all of the bonds that are freely floating around this council room. But I am not in favor of the newly initiated:

Copy: 'Per council protocol, council member agenda requests face a consensus vote at a council workshop prior to full consideration.' End of copy.

This, I believe, is a matter that should be brought up as new business, and the consensus vote carried out 'in session' and then if the council agrees, then it should be brought up at a workshop for consideration regarding implementation. At a workshop session, you can possibly get a different consensus as to the importance of what the council finds as to the importance of matter to be discussed,

In other matters:

Copy: '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.'

Continuation of copy: '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.' End of copy.

To my understanding, this is not a total of the expected cost as I seem to recall, there were other contracts that was let regarding infrastructure pumping and delivery that was to an engineering company out of Dallas, Texas, and I believe another additional cost that was for an upgrade to the elevated water tank. So that would not be a complete cost justification.

Now I seem to recall that the city of Killeen was going to be responsible for a total of $30 million out of the total cost for this all encompassing project of $50 million with the city of Killeen paying $5 million 'to get the ball rolling'. Now if the adjusted cost for the city of Killeen is now up to $41 million, with $5 million already being let, that would be a total sum of $46 million dollars or 1,53 adjusted cost. To me, this is of great concern regarding all of the independent bond issues that are issued or to be issued by this city, so there is concern about 'what is going on in this city and this city council', and just what are the total, all encompassing, costs for this contract and any all encompassing subsequent contracts.

I am of the personal opinion that this is a matter of great concern, for instance, not regarding where the water comes from but what costs that are going to be associated with these water deliveries and that is not reported on a continuous basis. It should be reported to the full council, 'in session' at least quarterly so that is brought to the attention of the citizens who is being required to pay for this water.

Copy: 'The district pumps more than 13 trillion gallons to the city annually and owns about $200 million in reported enterprise assets.' End of copy.

If I am not mistaken, the cities as a whole pays for this equipment, but the District owns the equipment. So my question would be, 'why is there not ownership of the total of the infrastructure of this equipment'???? Hmm.

Copy: '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.' End of copy.

Just what was the concern/concerns that has delayed this project for a total of 2 plus years???? I believe a full reporting of all such delays is in order.


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