By Hailey Persinger
Killeen Daily Herald
In an effort to get back on schedule, Killeen City Council members are slated to evaluate Connie Green's performance as city manager, an activity that until last August went overlooked for nearly 2½ years.
Last year's evaluation came at a time when city employees were incensed over a 27 percent average jump in health care costs and council members were undecided on a plan of action for the First Baptist Church project.
But this year, the council formed a city employee health insurance committee to navigate health care bids well before it needed to make a decision. It also approved a $4.2 million renovation project of the church building to include Head Start, city and county offices, a farmer's market and other offices.
With those decisions out of the way, the council is in a good position to evaluate Green, said Mayor Tim
Hancock, who requested that the item be placed on tonight's agenda.
"We need to do it annually and we wanted to make sure we get it done and get on a schedule so it won't come out like it did last year," Hancock said of the rush to evaluate Green last August. "Now is the time to do it."
The evaluation will likely be held in closed session unless Green requests it be open to the public. According to the city charter, anyone undergoing a council-led evaluation has that option, but Hancock said he expects the evening to run smoothly and that last year's health care and First Baptist Church issues will have no place in tonight's evaluation.
"I don't know of any issues that can come up," he said. "I have no inkling that there's any problems at all."
Green did not return calls for comment for this article.
Also during the 5 p.m. workshop, the council is scheduled to discuss proposed revisions to the city's billboard and off-premise sign regulations.
The council approved a six-month moratorium on billboard creation June 8 in hopes of limiting the number of large signs along U.S. Highway 190.
Members of the sign ordinance committee will use those six months to come up with and agree on new regulations for billboards and present them to the council for approval at a currently undetermined date.
The agenda for tonight's workshop also includes a discussion regarding the creation of a city employee benefit trust and the arts commission's recommendations "for disbursement of hotel/motel tax funds" for the coming fiscal year.
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