By Jennifer Clampet
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE The Copperas Cove solid waste department will be minus one management-level position.
The City Council approved an amendment to its personnel policy Tuesday night that eliminated the directors position.
Through restructuring in the department, an annual cost savings of about $15,440 is expected.
The solid waste department has been without a director since August 2004. The city had been accepting applications for filling the management slot; however, with the approved restructuring, Solid Waste Supervisor Mike Mundell will take on the role of solid waste superintendent and see a salary increase of $20,530. The directors position had been budgeted at an annual salary of $72,134.
The department will continue to run as it has been for the past eight months under the combined supervision of Mundell and Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Robert Camareno.
The restructuring will also mean additional title changes and pay increases to three other solid waste department employees and allow the department to hire an additional driver.
The department will continue to employ 20 people.
In other business, the City Council approved a new official city map. The move for an updated map comes on the heels of the councils decision two weeks ago to annex close to 2,000 acres into the city limits. Several roads currently identified as numbers according to the countys road system will revert back to their street names. County roads 4901, 4902 and 4903 will be changed back to Lazy Lane, Sleepy Hollow Lane and Carroll Drive. Several private roads will also revert back to their original names.
The new maps will also reflect newly annexed subdivisions.
The council also approved:
n a resolution establishing a drainage fee policy for 134 newly annexed residents. Newly annexed city residents will begin paying the monthly $6 drainage fees as soon as they set up a utility water or solid waste account with the city.
n a resolution canvassing the results of the May 7 general election declaring Place 6 candidate Fred Harris the winner. Harris is expected to be sworn in during the councils June 2 meeting.
n a resolution calling for a June 18 runoff election for the Place 7 City Council seat between candidates Jim Kanzenbach and Frank Somera Jr.
n a resolution in support of an Economic Development Administration grant application for a $1 million grant to be used to help fund infrastructure projects related to its industrial park development.
n Recommendations from the citys hotel/motel tax committee on the disbursement of $15,000 to the chamber of commerce and $2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Coryell County from the contingency funds in the hotel/motel tax revenue fund.
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