LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Killeen Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday unanimously approved combining two parcels of land that will house the MGC Pure Chemicals America superpure hydrogen peroxide plant at the Killeen Business Park.

The commission voted to approve the replat at its regular meeting, which will combine about 25 acres of land and streamline construction permitting, according to Killeen Director of Communications Hilary Shine.

The replat does not involve any new land acquisition by the company and only combines the two parcels on which the plant will be built.

The plant, which will produce a chemical used to clean semiconductor parts, was approved through a performance agreement with the Killeen Economic Development Corporation in July.

Under the terms of the agreement, the corporation agreed to reimburse MGC for up to $486,000 in property tax payments; oblige the city to waive $20,000 in city tap, platting and permitting fees; pay closing costs up to $10,000; offer $224,000 in job creation grants; and reimburse MGC for up to $500,000 in infrastructure improvements, among other incentives.

In return, the plant is obligated to hire 28 positions with an average salary of $66,600, make a capital investment of approximately $23 million for its 20,000-square-foot original facility, and create an additional 28 jobs and make an additional $20 million investment if the facility expands.

New duplexes

In other business, the commission unanimously recommended a future land use map adjustment and zoning change that could create a row of duplexes immediately east of the Clear Creek Mobile Home Park on South Clear Creek Road.

The 20 acre plot of land would act as a “buffer zone” between the mobile home park and busy road, and possible future single-family residential housing further to the east.

City Planner Tony McIlwain said the landowner and city staff were concerned single-family residential homes would be difficult to sell so close to the road and Killeen Fort-Hood Regional Airport.

“That dynamic is just not conducive to that type of housing anymore,” he said.

Resident Laura Villegas, who lives near the proposed subdivision, said she feared duplexes would bring single men and short-term residents to the area and increase the risk of racing on the roads.

A stone’s throw away on Bunny Trail, Kali Athinos Strongheart, 28, of Fort Stewart, Georgia, died Dec. 17 after crashing his green Dodge Challegner through the front of a home on Barbed Wire Drive at a high rate of speed. Police said Strongheart was racing another driver, Staff Sgt. Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez, 33, when he lost control of the vehicle and went through the front of the home.

Hernandez was charged Dec. 20 with racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury or death and assigned a bond of $100,000. He is currently not being held in the Bell County Jail.

“I’m scared,” Villegas said. “I was born and raised in Killeen, and that’s all I know. I hear the ambulances going past five times a night in that area.”

Villegas also pointed out the new duplexes would be within a minute’s drive from Joker’s Ice House Bar & Grill, which sits adjacent to the airport.

The two items will go before the Killeen City Council for final approval later this month.

The commission also appointed a new chairman and vice chairman. Marcus Peters will take over for Tad Dorroh, who is terming out of the commission Oct. 1. Ben Purser will take over the vice chair role from Peters.

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THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

KILLeen's city council SELECTED the KEDC as their executive council, and invested in the KEDC all the powers and rights to make laws and cut deals, after all; IMPOTENT peepulls has to get paid, yo!

overseer

And all of this without our city council’s knowledge and, or approval. How does one “obligate” the city to a financial commitment without the permission of the city council? Council Members Jose Rivera, Debbie Nash King and Mayor Segarra, who are members of the KEDC board, defended their belief that things like this are ok...as long as they know, it seems. Let’s let them at least 2 of them who are running for re-election know what we think of their opinions when we vote at the polls this upcoming May. The city council is not a Cinderella and the KEDC the wicked step mother and the 3 council members the 3 wicked step sisters. We elected our city councilman to represent us. Not a few to represent them.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
Copy: 'The plant, which will produce a chemical used to clean semiconductor parts, was approved through a performance agreement with the Killeen Economic Development Corporation in July.'
Continuation of copy: 'Under the terms of the agreement, the corporation agreed to reimburse MGC for up to $486,000 in property tax payments; oblige the city to waive $20,000 in city tap, platting and permitting fees; pay closing costs up to $10,000; offer $224,000 in job creation grants; and reimburse MGC for up to $500,000 in infrastructure improvements, among other incentives.
In return, the plant is obligated to hire 28 positions with an average salary of $66,600, make a capital investment of approximately $23 million for its 20,000-square-foot original facility, and create an additional 28 jobs and make an additional $20 million investment if the facility expands.' End of copy.
Well now, ain't that just ducky to hear once again that this council/mayor has self appointed some more people to the Killeen Planning and Zoning Commission and to unamiously approve the 2 parcel into 1 parcel that resides within the confines of the KEDC. It was a unanimous vote by this commission.
Why does this city keep on paying money for planning when it seems like it is a 'just do your own thing'. So again, why are we spending money for plan development???? Just throw some more gravel on the roadway because this town doesn't have the necessary funding anyway.
Copy: 'The commission voted to approve the replat at its regular meeting, which will combine about 25 acres of land and streamline construction permitting, according to Killeen Director of Communications Hilary Shine.'
Continuation of copy: 'The replat does not involve any new land acquisition by the company and only combines the two parcels on which the plant will be built.' End of copy.
Yes, by all means, we do want to 'streamline construction permitting.
When is this council, in open session, vote whether or not to permit this contractual obligation that will encumber the city of Killeen????
Under these 'terms of agreement', 'the corporation agreed to reimburse MGC for up to $486,000 in property tax payments, oblige the city to waive $20,000 in city tap, platting and permitting fees, pay closing costs up to $10,000: offer $224,000 in job creation grants; and reimburse MGC for up to $500,000 in infrastructure improvements, and it's all being done within the framework of 'other incentives'.
People, don't let this KEDC get away with this. They are giving away your money without even a vote of the city council. And I'll bet you, the KEDC will be first in line for getting into the cookie jar. Force an open, in-session vote of the council persons that are not on the KEDC board to get this changed and also force a vote on the availability and the liability that pertains to this KEDC venture in the first place. It is my personal opinion that this should be an complex position that places this city into an accord in which the KEDC board has unlimited power in this city, and pays them for the service even to the point where they can effectively enter into contracts that obligate this city. And all of this is with the KEDC operating a thriving business.
Lets again call for this KEDC board arrangement to be such that 'there will be no interaction between the city of Killeen council/mayor/city manager and any of the KEDC board for at least a period of 10 years minimum, and to stop the funding of all interactions with the KEDC board. Also, get rid of this practice of 'allowing the KEDC board to have unlimited contractual corporation with the city of Killeen. Also, the city of Killeen should not continue to underwrite any existing contracts that involve the city. And finally, do not agree to continue to allow any contractual agreements, such as the reimbursement in property tax payments, waive $20,000 in city tap, platting and permitting fees, the payment of closing cost fees, offer $224,000 in job creation grants, and the reimbursement of up to $500,000 in infrastructure improvements. This is our money that the KEDC has agreed to give ' MGC Pure Chemicals America' with the sole incentive of a total of 28 jobs that in reality is 24 jobs and ultimately will be only temporary jobs due to the financial picture due to current employment practices.
In my opinion, 'we have to clean up this town' and it should start with the upcoming 'protocol package' and Roberts' Rules of Order due to be discussed in this upcoming council meeting. Let's get this package straightened out as we will not be in a more favorable position than we are right now.
Copy: 'In other business, the commission unanimously recommended a future land use map adjustment and zoning change that could create a row of duplexes immediately east of the Clear Creek Mobile Home Park on South Clear Creek Road.' End of copy.
Like I said, we don't need to spend money on 'Planning for the city of Killeen, just let the commission do it.' Even the city planner is against this, but not the commission.

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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