By Wendy Gragg
Killeen Daily Herald
A city that looks better, drives better and is thoughtful of all sections of its population – that's what some residents would like to see the City of Killeen work toward in the next year.
About 10 residents attended the city's Town Hall meeting Wednesday night at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The meeting was an information gathering expedition for city officials who are seeking public input as they craft Killeen's 2006-07 budget.
Killeenite Don Jaszkowski said he would like to see the city freeze taxes for residents over 65 years old, an action that other area taxing entities have already taken. Freezing the taxes will allow seniors living on Social Security to figure out how much they'll need to pay every year on taxes.
Jaszkowski said he may bring this issue before the council at its Tuesday meeting.
Resident Phyllis Jones reminded the city of another significant segment of the population – special-needs children.
The Killeen Independent School District serves about 7,000 special-needs children, she said, and many of them live in Killeen.
She said she would like to see the new Recreation Center have the ability to serve these children.
Director of Community Services Glenn Morrison said he was aware of the need and that the city would like to provide adequate facilities for these children in the future.
Other residents expressed concern over dilapidated homes and junky yards, which they consider to be an eyesore.
Delores Middleton suggested the city needed to expand its code enforcement department, which polices offenses including parking cars on lawns.
Killeen City Manager Connie Green agreed that eight code enforcement officers simply aren't enough to stay on top of code violations citywide.
Roads were another issue with residents who would like to see some widened, such as Watercrest and Trimmier Road, south of Stan Schlueter.
Other suggestions included fixing potholes in the area of Peppermill Hollow and Shawn Drive and monitoring speeding on Old FM 440.
Residents will have another chance to share their concerns or compliments at the next Town Hall meeting at noon June 14 at the Fire Training Center, 207 N. 28th St.
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