By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - The Bell County Commissioners Court approved setting a reduced speed limit of 45 mph on a portion of Pleasant Hill Cemetery Road between Farm-to-Market 439 and the Nolanville city limits.

The action was taken Monday, following a public hearing.

About 20 homes line the half-mile stretch of roadway affected by the new speed limit, which raised safety concerns. The decision reduced the speed limit on the road from 55 mph.

Although officials looked at dropping the speed limit even further, to 30 mph, the distance between homes did not meet the guidelines for doing so.

In other business, the court:

Approved the renewal of a professional services contract between Bell County's Human Services Department and Central Texas Workforce Development Board/Information and Referral System. The contract pertains to staffing of the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Call Center in Belton.

Approved the appointment of Donna Twait by Coryell County for a two-year term on the Central Counties Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority board.

Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Bell County and the Supreme Court of Texas for support of continuity of court operations in the event of an emergency.

Approved the 2010 annual report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the Bell County Phase II MS4 Program, pertaining to storm water management.

Heard a report from Bell County Veterans Liaison Jim Endicott and Bell County Bar Association president Nikki Mundkowsky on a veterans clinic instituted by the bar association.

Awarded bids for various road materials.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or call (254) 501-7557.

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