By Lisa Soule
Killeen Daily Herald
Overgrown shrubs have nearly obscured a stop sign on Cody Poe Road in Killeen.
"That's dangerous," said longtime resident Tom Lockett, who lives a few blocks from the intersection of Cody Poe and Edgefield roads.
Before Lockett's home was annexed by Killeen a few years ago, the county took pretty good care of the area, he said.
"Lately, it has been disregarded," Lockett said.
Cody Poe Road comes to a "T" intersection with Edgefield Road. Cars traveling west on Edgefield face a stop sign, but eastbound drivers do not.
Edgefield Road resident Yenny Martinez said that after living in the area for two years, she knows the sign on Cody Poe is there. Others may or may not.
"They don't stop," Martinez said. "It's more like a yield. They look and go. They probably don't see it, or they don't pay attention."
Lockett said he has heard city leaders talk about residents and business owners keeping up their property. He would like to see the city do the same.
Besides the overgrowth, Lockett said streets in the area especially Robinett, Cody Poe and Edgefield are riddled with potholes.
"They need to practice what they preach," Lockett said.
Although he has not reported his concerns about the stop sign, Lockett said he has notified the city before about other things.
"Nothing really happens," he said.
Killeen Streets Services Director John Koester said the area in question is on a regular mowing schedule and gets city attention at least three times per year.
"Right now everything is overgrown," Koester said, blaming recent rains. "It makes grass grow faster and inhibits our work."
The area on Cody Poe Road is on a work order, which should be completed today, Koester said.
Although there is no date set for road repairs in the area, City Engineer Jim Butler said Lockett's concerns are also the city's.
"The City Council is very cognizant of it," Butler said, noting the roads are near the top of Killeen's priority list.
The repairs are part of a capital improvement package, which will require the sale of bonds.
"There is a plan," Butler said. But first, he said, the bond sales must be approved.
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