By Kevin M. Smith
Killeen Daily Herald
Mailboxes are on the agenda again for the Killeen City Council.
The briefing/update on the plan for the installation of central box units is an item on the workshop agenda.
The council discussed the mailbox issue during a workshop in early February that ended in an impasse. Mayor Timothy Hancock stopped the discussion and called for a meeting outside the council workshop for city staff, local developers, postal service representatives and affected residents to meet.
The City Council approved an ordinance on June 26, 2007, that requires the developer to pour the concrete slab, buy the cluster mailbox and install it for every new subdivision in Killeen. The type and placement of box must be approved by the U.S. Postal Service. The ordinance applies only to subdivisions that are platted and approved after the ordinance took effect.
The post office's gripe was that it cannot afford to pay for all the cluster mailboxes, which run $800 to $900 for a box to serve 16, and federal regulations dictate it is the customer's responsibility to provide the box – not the postal service.
The ordinance cannot be retroactive for subdivisions that were platted before the ordinance took effect. Andrew Allemand, interim planning director, said a developer can have a plat approved and not build on it for an indefinite amount of time.
Mayor Pro Tem Fred Latham, Councilman Juan Rivera and Councilman Kenny Wells called for the June 26 ordinance to be rescinded at the Feb. 5 workshop, but the rest of the council disagreed.
During the regular meeting Tuesday, the council will vote on a resolution to establish a city compliance policy.
City Manager Connie Green said the policy will recognize standards for organizations and ethics.
"These will set standards and guidelines for conduct in our organization," Green said. "Sometimes that area is pretty gray."
He said the policy would also give staff a person to go to with questions about ethical practices.
"And talk with somebody and find the best way to handle the situation," Green said.
Amanda Wallace, the city's new internal auditor, will act as the compliance officer overseeing the policy.
Green said Councilman Otis Evans helped form the policy.
Also on the agenda, the council will vote on an ordinance to establish fees for the new recreation center at Lions Club Park.The workshop begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the meeting follows at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 101 N. College St. The workshop and meeting are open to the public.
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