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In a first-of-its-kind agreement with Fort Hood, Killeen’s regional airport is steps away from a public-private partnership to improve pavement markings on the facility’s shared runway — bringing around $517,000 per year in revenue to the city.

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Over the next two months, the Killeen City Council will be considering a street maintenance fee paid by residents and businesses and aimed at tackling the city’s crumbling roads.

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Although a $1.6 million street maintenance fee received a boost from the Killeen City Council on Tuesday, there are still weeks of deliberation left — and opportunities for council members to strengthen or weaken the initiative.

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The city of Killeen’s director of information technology has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an outside audit of the department commissioned in July, according to an official.

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After years of abortive attempts to address the city’s ailing roads, the Killeen City Council moved Tuesday to draft a street maintenance fee that will bring in $1.6 million per year from residents and businesses.

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The city of Killeen is soliciting bids for around 3,000 feet of water supply lines that will run on the south side of Chaparral Road and eventually connect to a new treatment plant on the shores of Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

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The Killeen City Council on Tuesday approved a 216-unit apartment complex near the western frontage of Rosewood Drive that is part of a 103-acre “gateway project” that will largely pave over the grassy stretch of land south of Interstate 14.

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The Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 board of directors approved rate hikes for water and wastewater service at its monthly meeting Wednesday, potentially affecting residents in Killeen, Harker Heights and Nolanville.

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Daily riders on The Hop’s Route 5 will see changes starting Oct. 1 as the regional bus system cuts back services to avoid a shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

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The Killeen City Council approved its 2019 budget Tuesday in a 5-1 vote, with the dissenting council member citing continued funding for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce as a deal breaker.

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Killeen homeowners in need of certain sewer repairs could get some relief in 2019 after the City Council moved Tuesday to allocate $400,000 in the annual budget to cover later sewer line breaks in the public right-of-way.

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The Killeen City Council received funding requests Tuesday from its “community partners,” or outside agencies, during its fourth and final budget workshop before the first public hearing on the spending plan Sept. 4.

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The Killeen City Council will receive a second briefing Tuesday from The Hop on the regional transit system’s request for more than $455,000 from the city to help cover an expected shortfall in fiscal 2019.

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Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport passengers will see a bit of luxury after the Killeen City Council voted to approve a more than $5 million contract for four new boarding bridges at its meeting Tuesday.