By Kevin M. Smith
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen City Council has four items on its workshop agenda for Tuesday including the new police station and trees.
The council will hear an update on the new police department headquarters exterior selection. Last week, the Capital Improvements Project Committee selected an exterior for the building to be constructed on Featherline Road. The committee chose an exterior similar to that of the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and new recreation and senior centers, which are currently under construction.
The council will also hear a briefing on Tree City USA Advisory Board appointments. In March, the council approved the program that will allow the city to join 56 other cities – including Waco and the Army base at Fort Hood – in the state that have a Tree City USA designation.
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation's Web site, the Tree City USA program is sponsored by the foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The tree program's purpose is to provide direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs. More than 3,000 cities have received a Tree City USA designation.
The Tree City USA program has four criteria for a city to receive recognition: create a tree board or department, create a tree care ordinance, utilize at least $2 per capita in the city's annual budget for a forestry program, and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Last year, Councilman Billy Workman asked for the city to seek a Tree City USA designation. He said in addition to beautification, more trees keep the city cooler and also help control erosion.
The council will also hear an update on the 2007 state legislative session and discuss and electronic marquee.
The council workshop begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 101 N. College St.
Contact Kevin M. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (254) 501-7550