After one year as mayor of Killeen, Dan Corbin gave a cautiously optimistic appraisal of the city during his State of the City address on Thursday at city hall.

“The state of our city is good. Our city manager is doing an excellent job, team Killeen is getting better and better and stronger and stronger everyday,” Corbin said.

“I’m really proud to be associated with such a fine city and fine community as Killeen.”

With two months left in fiscal year 2012-2013, revenues are higher than planned and expenditures are lower. As a result, the city will likely end the year with a budget surplus, Corbin said.

“We’d rather have to find out how we’re going to spend the funds than how to cut it,” Corbin said. “It’s a good problem to have.”

The uncertainty of a possible drawdown of troops at Fort Hood, the city’s $32 billion economic engine, was less uplifting.

Corbin said Fort Hood lost 2,900 troops in the first round of budget cuts and he was unsure whether more would leave the post in the Army’s pledge to cut its overall force from 570,000 to 490,000.

“We are taking into account that uncertainty in our planning, especially when we consider borrowing money that will effect those in the future,” Corbin said.

Corbin mentioned three unresolved issues for the city, all of which concerned water treatment.

The council is weighing options to bring more treated drinking water to the city through a new water treatment plant on Stillhouse Hollow Lake, but no decision has been made who will provide that water.

City engineers have not solved the problem with the south wastewater treatment plant, which has suffered due to excessive fats, oils and grease clogging up its equipment.

A plan also is in the works to reuse treated effluent from the city’s north wastewater plant for irrigating the municipal golf course, Corbin said.

“In the future, as water becomes more and more scarce, it becomes more expensive,” Corbin said. “We need to look at ways we can deal with landscape better — to keep it alive,”

Corbin said code enforcement continues to be a priority for the Killeen City Council but also urged residents to take responsibility for the appearance of the city’s streets.

Stricter enforcement and heavy fines will come to those who do not follow the city’s codes, he said.

“The image of our city is really something that we should all be concerned about,” Corbin said.

“We want our city to be a place were there are consequences if you don’t take care of your property.”

As Killeen’s population continues to grow by around 2 percent each year, providing good transportation along its thoroughfares will be critical, Corbin said.

The proposed $8 million Trimmier Road expansion project is already under design by the city.

If approved by the council, the project would widen Trimmier Road to five lanes in the city’s busy retail corridor at Lowes Boulevard.

“We will have to make a decision soon whether to issue bonds and get rid of that huge public safety problem,” Corbin said.

Contact ​Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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"...revenues are higher than planned and expenditures are lower..."

This is a rare thing for a city, and I've lived in several cities of varying sizes. In an age where giant metropolises like Detroit haven't figured out how to spend less than they bring in, the city's leaders should be commended for this.

It does seems a little odd that the council approved the building of 4,000 more homes to our south while the southern edge of town is relatively bereft of supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses, and while there are currently hundreds of empty homes (and dozens of new ones being added all the time) on the southern edge.


August 2, 2013

I did not hear the mayor last night. I saved it for this morning. As was noted @ Eliza, the mayor mentioned the scarce amount of water that will be allowed. In this vein, he mentioned, almost as an after thought, the project that was to be built on the South side and tied in to Stillhouse Lake. At no point did he allude to this venture and the Mr. Whitis venture that would incorporate the 3700 to I think the number the mayor used was 4800 homes to be developed. Notice how fluid the numbers are? He talked about Belton Lake and the need to pump water in a North South direction. I don't think he talked about the fact that the area is an on-incorporated area, nor the fact that there would be additional service requirements for Police, fire, and emergency services. He did mention the requirement for an additional Fire Station, but that it would be put off until next year. He glossed over the fact that the city has been in negotiations since last October on the unincorporated plot of land that had been turned down twice before. He did not mention that the city went into 'closed door' sessions and only went public 2 days before the council meeting. The councilman, Mr. Steve Harris, mentioned letting the public have a little notice, but the mayor said that there was not enough time left before the door closed. I think that I remember the time frame of October of last year and now we don't have 'enough time left' before closure? Give me a break. If there was not enough time left, that just goes to show 'poor planning', or said another way, they did their job well for only introducing this with just 5 days remaining. Kinda puts you in mind of another segment when the city fired a certain city manager, voted in council, drew up the check and had him cash it all in limited time.

Yeah, whoopee for us. We cut a fat hog in the butt on this one.


Last night while watching the mayor give his state of the city report.
At least 4 times toward the end, he talked of 'when water becomes scarce' .
He was talking about the people of Killeen and the water they will need for future use and to survive.
Immediately after the end of the program, On the city's web site, There was also an advertisement from the city which talked of conserving water and drought situations.

But yet days before,4 members of the city council voted to approve a housing project that will hold between 3500-4500 houses (number verified by the mayor at his state of city meeting last night).
With an average of 4 people to a home ,(if they are ever sold) that means an additional 14,000 - 18,000 people would be needing a water supply.
Where's all of it going to come from, as the mayor already warns , 'when water becomes scarce'?

14,000-18,000 people using housing right outside Killeen's city limits will require a lot of water plus a lot of services,

When its looked at from the point of view of number of people and what's good for the citizens of Killeen, but having to supply services for thousands of new requirements. We have to look at facts, not only what we're told by a salesman.

Towns like Kempner, has a pop. of approx.1600, Lampasas has approx. 6,000,Cameron and Rockdale,Texas has an average of approx. 6,000.
And the city of Killeen's citizens are being ask to take some responsibility for a town that is to have approximately a 14,000-18,000 population.

What does the towns mentioned above have, that is different from what the projected houses outside Killeen's city limits isn't going to have?
They all have law enforcement depts. (And their own Volunteer fire depts. at least).
But Killeen is suppose to furnish a majority of services for 14,000-18,000 people( If the Sheriffs office isn't available).

The Sheriffs office haven't publically agreed to take on 14,000-18,000 new citizens as Killeen's council members did. The sheriffs office isn't the ones being asked officially on paper, to oversee the law enforcement of a whole town.
Plus they have the whole county to over see.
The county's tax payers aren't paying for the sheriffs office to police a town, that the council of Killeen voted into being. I believe there will be a problem at some time over this project Killeen city council members have agreed to.

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