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State agency finds Killeen in violation of mandate

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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 2:36 pm

The city of Killeen was cited — but not fined — for failing to meet state mandates in its fleet services department.

According to an investigation report, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found the city to be in violation of state regulations mandating it have a licensed operator in the division certified to operate the city’s underground fuel storage tanks.

The report states that when a TCEQ representative visited the city’s fleet services division unannounced Jan. 28, it was determined that the city did not have a licensed operator on staff.

The report goes on to state that on Feb. 3, TCEQ received documentation from the city showing that Frank Tydlacka, fleet services director, obtained proper certification and licensing to put the city within compliance.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the city didn’t have certified operators because the division had undergone personnel changes.

The TCEQ report notes the city’s licensed operator, Kim Randall, left the city’s fleet services division Dec. 12, 2012.

Shine said once TCEQ notified the city of its failure to comply, it immediately took action and obtained certification.

State law mandates all facilities with underground storage tanks holding motor fuel have a trained operator who is required to ensure certificates are maintained.

According to the TCEQ website, certification for the underground fuel tanks is required annually.

Certified operators, who renew every three years, are responsible for making sure the tanks are in compliance with state standards.

According to the investigation report, the city is not being fined, but received a notice of violation.

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1 comment:

  • Eliza posted at 7:15 am on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 824

    @ Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the city didn’t have certified operators because the division had undergone personnel changes.
    The TCEQ report notes the city’s licensed operator, Kim Randall, left the city’s fleet services division Dec. 12, 2012.
    Shine said once TCEQ notified the city of its failure to comply, it immediately took action and obtained certification.
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    There is always an excuse - That wasn't the fault of the city supervisors.

    An entire year + had passed since a licensed operator had been on the staff but ,'as soon as it was realized this err had happened ,it was taken care of ! So stated Hillary Shine.

    It wasn't rectified until a notice from the state TCEQ, was sent to those who are being paid by tax payers to keep track of this type situation and take care of it, before the state has to become involved.

    If a fine had been allotted by the state, it would have been another tax payer funded payment to be made, of which the tax payers weren't at fault. There have been enough already without more being piled on by a city employees neglect of their duties.

    How many more 'mistakes' 'errs' 'boo boo's ' are there going to be caused by someone not doing the job they are paid to do by tax payers ? All mistakes which end up costing the tax payers of Killeen money.

     

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