After nearly a monthlong hiatus, the Killeen City Council is set to begin playing catch-up Tuesday with a lengthy 25-item agenda.
Starting with a citizens petition from James Everard to amend Killeen city ordinance 16-107, an ordinance pertaining to “obstruction of justice” in response to an ongoing discussion regarding the arrest of YouTube “auditor” No Question Abaudit.
The first item of city business will be a discussion of architectural and site design standards. These standards were last discussed in November, and have been returned to the City Council with comments and revisions from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The state of Killeen’s architectural and site design standards are part of an effort to ensure that future housing is more attractive and diverse.
Additionally, the City Council will set a date for the Comprehensive Plan’s “Strategic Planning Session” and discuss citizen’s petitions.
Personnel and appointments
The city council has submitted a recommendation that City Manager Kent Cagle receive a 3.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase, and provided him with an overall evaluation of “above average.”
Cagle was hired at a salary of $210,000 annually in 2019, according to Herald archives. His predecessor, Ron Olson, was paid $225,000 annually before his departure that same year. With the COLA increase, Cagle will now make $217,350 annually.
Also on the docket is a resolution approving the appointment of Edwin Revel as the executive director of Development Services.
According to his resume, Revel is an alumnus of the University of Alabama at Bermingham, a 20-year veteran in the fields of development services, business development, and strategic planning, and a certified floodplain manager.
Appointments will also be discussed for the Committee on Crime Solutions.
The City Council is expected to address several election-related resolutions, including an ordinance calling a May 7 general election to elect a new mayor and three councilmembers-at-large. Additionally, the City Council will hold a public hearing and discuss proposed city charter amendments.
This will be the last opportunity to discuss the proposed changes publicly before the May 7 election, unless another hearing is held.
The City Council will consider several purchase authorizations from the 2022 Fiscal Year Budget. Requests include:
A lease agreement for seven mowers with Deere Credit in the amount of $376,513.60
$500,000 for “street construction materials”
$300,000 in pavement marking services from Green Dream International
$80,300 for ingress and egress doors for the Killeen Civic and Conference Center
$90,765 for the replacement of bleachers at the Killeen rodeo arena
$155,467.77 in upgrades for elevators at City Hall and the municipal annex with TK Elevator Corporation
$85,956.22 for roof replacements at the utility collections building with Final Solutions Roofing
The City Council will also discuss various rezoning requests, as well as an amendment to Chapter 31 of the Code of Ordinances to allow bars and taverns by-right within the Historic Overlay District.
City Council meetings can be viewed online at https://www.killeentexas.gov/281/Council-Live-Streaming.
The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Killeen’s City Hall.