LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Killeen city officials are expected to officially sign off on a myriad of projects this week, including improvements to Gilmer Street and Bunny Trail, among other projects and a presentation of the Killeen Star Award.

As part of a consent agenda set by last week’s City Council Workshop, the City Council is expected to move onto the next step of its $24 million bond issue approved in August. The city must still receive a rating on the bond after its 45 day notification period, and will release an official statement to bidders in January. If all goes well, the city will formalize the adoption of the bond issue with passage of an ordinance in late January.

The bond issue is part of a multi-million project to address nine streets that city staff have identified as highest priority. Gilmer Street and Bunny Trail will be the first two streets addressed by city staff, requiring a combined budget of just over $1 million. Repairs to Bunny Trail will include surface-level drainage and improved lighting.

Additionally, the City Council will formally approve the disbursement of $750,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas. The city of Killeen received $29.1 million in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act — to date it has allocated all but $1 million of its proportioned funding.

The City Council is also expected to approve the disannexation of 26.57 acres of land near Hollow Drive. According to staff reports, property owners currently receive no city services, and has asked to become disannexed.

In other business, the City Council will meet as members of the Public Facility Corporation immediately following the City Council Meeting to discuss the creation of the NRP North Killeen Apartments project. The project, which began in early is expected to result in the creation of 370 apartment units, along with amenities such as a pool, gym, and clubhouse.

50% of the apartments, which are based on Killeen’s median annual income of $35,000 to $50,000, will be reserved for “moderate income citizens.”

The project is expected to cost anywhere from $52 million to $55 million.

Finally, the City Council will continue its review process of the city charter Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Monday’s review will include an overview of current proposals to the entire charter, with the exception of articles V through VIII, which the City Council is expected to tackle next week.

City Council meetings can be streamed online at https://www.killeentexas.gov/281/Council-Live-Streaming or attended in person at 5 p.m. Tuesdays at City Hall.

jdowling@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7552

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Noneofyourbiz

Alvin made good points.

I watch city council meetings and attend them, sadly many of the items were campaign promises, and promises made while certain council members have been seated and now are up for vote in hopes to secure thier seats this next election.

The lost of Tax revenue on the NRP is going to hurt Killeen future tax payers long term. As with many cities like Cleveland and a few here in Texas, have seen major problems with the NRp and have actually lost money.

Many city council members do not understand inflation and show this by thier spend spend spend. I do not think many council members understand what inflation is and the hardships that will follow afterwards.

As for pay, it is not the pay city council gets that stops people for running. The pay actually prevents greed, and occupational owned political candidates from banking off a city and the citizens.

One most be willing to give of thier time to serve the public, one must understand that public service means serving the citizens and not a political agenda, or thier own personal agenda.

I public servant is someone that doesn't seek attention when they volunteer, or seek publicity when they feed the homeless.

The best elected officials though out history left office with less than they had when they came in.

Taking from one person to give to another is wrong, causing higher taxes during inflation is cruel and inhuman to those that fight proverity every day.

Alvin

I agree with jgamon and his assessment, but I don't think that is why we have such a lousy city council, city mayor, city manager, and yes the Chief of Police. And concerning the Chief of Police, why did they go outside and call for a Chief of Police who the almost doubled his salary when I believe, with a little more effort, been successful at hiring a 'home grown candidate'.

As to the city council, I almost think that they are being overpaid at $100.00/month. What has this city council done besides 'feather their own nest'? What have they done as to pointing out the blame for this city's water situation? And what have they one as to our current road maintenance situation besides wanting to enlarge the pot as to the maintenance needs of this city?

Look at the current situation as to how we, as a city, are doing with all of the new allowances that they have made and the new ones that this council will ultimately make in the near future. So I ask you, 'What does 'surface level drainage' and what does 'improved lighting' entail'? Why does this city want to go after these projects and combine them when if the city did things right, they could enable them to be completed following the normal course of events, not raising taxes and Fee's that they are still pursuing, but as a standard way of doing things by following a normal course of events and placing money towards the road maintenance, the sewer maintenance, the water maintenance and in that vein I am including the normal course of events of water sample and testing as a required feature. We need to 'Take care of business instead of taking care of others business. And in this vein I again say that 'this city should have it's own water treating facility and not depend on 'other's'.

I have had my say, what you others

Alvin

Copy: 'Killeen city officials are expected to officially sign off on a myriad of projects this week, including improvements to Gilmer Street and Bunny Trail, among other projects and a presentation of the Killeen Star Award.

As part of a consent agenda set by last week’s City Council Workshop, the City Council is expected to move onto the next step of its $24 million bond issue approved in August. The city must still receive a rating on the bond after its 45 day notification period, and will release an official statement to bidders in January. If all goes well, the city will formalize the adoption of the bond issue with passage of an ordinance in late January.

The bond issue is part of a multi-million project to address nine streets that city staff have identified as highest priority. Gilmer Street and Bunny Trail will be the first two streets addressed by city staff, requiring a combined budget of just over $1 million. Repairs to Bunny Trail will include surface-level drainage and improved lighting.' End of copy.

What will this city think of next? To combine the street improvement together with projects ranging from surface level drainage to improved drainage, So what is 'surface level drainage' and what does 'improved lighting' entail. These are, in my opinion, just fly by night verbiage the mean 'nothing', just words to fill in the gaps.

What does 'surface level drainage' entail? And what does it have to do with street repair? And what does 'improved lighting' have to do with street repair? Are these things what the city is planning on doing with our $10.00/month/water meter that they have planned for our future.? Will it go up, again, in the near future? Is this what the city council has envisioned for us, to pay and pay and pay> Will this city envision placing a tax on the citizen to pay for the ineptitude of the city workers as in the water treatment fiasco that has us increasing the Chlorine levels of our drinking water. So what does the above have to do with Street maintenance except give rise to the above increments of misuse to the street maintenance and it's continuance.

Copy: 'In other business, the City Council will meet as members of the Public Facility Corporation immediately following the City Council Meeting to discuss the creation of the NRP North Killeen Apartments project. The project, which began in early is expected to result in the creation of 370 apartment units, along with amenities such as a pool, gym, and clubhouse.

50% of the apartments, which are based on Killeen’s median annual income of $35,000 to $50,000, will be reserved for “moderate income citizens.”

The project is expected to cost anywhere from $52 million to $55 million.' End of copy.

This city government wants to make me laugh. What are they doing planning such activities as Senior citizens facilities, city swimming pools, city parks, etc, and now wanting to build 370 apartments complete with amenities such as a pool, gym, and clubhouse that will be strictly for the residents of said facilities and even include a median annual income of $35,000 to $50,000, will be reserved for “moderate income citizens. What is this city thinking of. And don't forget that they have dropped the city tax revenue for the next 75 years. We who are living right now will never see the expiration of this measure plus the expense of all of the street roadwork and lighting that will come as a added and necessary expense. Yep, this city is setting us up, for what, I'm not sure.

Copy: 'Finally, the City Council will continue its review process of the city charter Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Monday’s review will include an overview of current proposals to the entire charter, with the exception of articles V through VIII, which the City Council is expected to tackle next week.' End of copy.

To me, as I see this, this is a joke whereby this council is just wasting time and a little bit of effort, in an effort such as this.

I have lost any respect for this council, but that is my personal opinion.

jgamon

Alvin makes some very good points here and I agree with him on his opinion. Here is the problem we face, we have individuals that live in Killeen that is well more qualified then our current city council, but they will not run because they only make $100 a month, yes $100 a month.

Who l wants to work for this much money? This is why we have incompetence in office like the major also and our police chief that had to get TCLOSE certified as a police chief.

This is why crime is high and things are the way it is.

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