LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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.

Elections

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.

Purchase Authorizations

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

Other business

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.

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Alvin

@Noneofyourbiz:

Copy: 'Immigration is a subject that has been political since the start of this Country and is also one of those political topics that seem to keep popping up with out a solution. It is only a vote generator and a political theater weapon to divide and group voters.'

In the 1st place, immigration has not gone on since the start of this country as it was only brought up at the turn of the 19th century. True, this country was started by immigrants that were of English, Irish, Scot, German, and Dutch that were trying to escape the nationalized Christian teachings. With this Exodus, mostly all were white skinned, most spoke the English language and those that did not, learned to speak English. These pilgrims sought to find their own Christian teachings, be it Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, ect. As they were against the nationalized Christian teaching that they were forced to accept.

Then came the White European immigrant who sought a new country instead of their own and they to adapted to the 'Amerian way of life and it's culture and heritage'

As far as slavery was concerned the slave issue was founded on the slave being imported as slaves and there was only 550,000 imported into this country out of the approximate 12 to 15 million that were scattered all along the central and South American coast lines, and there were a few free blacks in the North and South regions of what was to become, 'America'.

With this country wanting to become 'The United States' we fought for our independence, and won, thus becoming 'The United States of America'. With the signing of our Constitution, there was not a single delegate that signed our Constitution that was not a Christian. Now some claim that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were Deist but with the signing, Thomas Jefferson was a member of the Methodist Church, and Benjamin Franklin was a member of Christ Church.

Jefferson's Religious Beliefs | Thomas Jefferson's …

Jeffersons views on prayer are even more ambiguous. He dismissed Biblical miracles as myth, implying doubts about the efficacy of prayer. But he recognized an obligation of humans to worship God, and he often prayed publicly, at least in very broad terms. His second inaugural address included a prayer request for his listeners: I ask you to join with me in supplications, that he [that Being in whose hands we are] will so

The Complicated Religious Life of Ben Franklin 

Yes, Franklin questioned basic points of Christianity, including Jesus’ divine nature. Yet his childhood immersion in the Puritan faith, and his relationships with traditional Christians 

So the basis of this argument is that the pilgrims, who were all Christians, brought their religion with them immigrated to the new world and sought relief from the nationalized government structured religion.

Copy: 'The great melting pot!'

This is a true and false statement. It is true that America became the melting pot. But it was only for people that had the same Christian beliefs as we did, It is true that all races were welcomed but you must remember that the Chinese and Japanese were restricted in their numbers as our ancestors did not them to become too many.

Copy: 'I like many others are sick of the same old government talking about the same stuff that should have been fixed during my great great grandmothers generation'.

This is not a true statement for as I have just demonstrated by the writings of Roosevelt in 1907, that we in this country were of the opinion that we in this country of America were still of the mind that America was of the position that the immigrant who chose to immigrate to:

Copy: ''In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, that he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate any such man because of creed, birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated on in every facet his becoming an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have but room for one flag, an American flag... We have room but for one language here and that is the English language.. And we room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people.'

And that, add:

We must especially be aware of that small group of selfish men who clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.' End of copy.

America was not allowing people to immigrate if they did not meet this criteria and those that did not were turned away at the border, turned away at the port of immigration so as not to get this country intermixed.

Copy: 'We have let the duopoly ( 2 party system) get away with enslaving the American people far to long. We have allowed the duopoly to manipulate election with false promises, un American policies, hidden agendas, spying on Americans, and just out and out trampling on the American citizens rights far to long.' End of copy.

The trouble we are facing now is that the Democratic party has moved too far to the left, we have allowed our school system to be taken over by Socialists when they told us to 'Stop teaching your children, let us do it for you', and by people who don't know the origins of our Civil War, and by the Communist regime. We have been taken over by 'others' who don't believe as we do, by others who bdon't believe in our God, ad have now gotten a foothold in this country and are now trying to take over and we are letting them by being so benevolent.

I say, 'America is for Americans'. 'America is a Christian loving society that believes in the precept that 'If you want to be an American and live in America then you will have to. Speak, read and write English, salute the American Flag, and those of you if you follow the rules then welcome to America, but if you do not follow these rules then you will be invited to leave this country.

These are the rules to follow to be an American, but not allowing to set another country up so as to diminish ours. If these rules are not followed then we will continue to have trouble in this country.

America is for Americans.

Noneofyourbiz

@Alvin

You tend to allow your passive aggressive hate and bigotry towards other religions seems targeted towards those that have found peace within themselves.

In just a few sentences your bigoted thoughts dismissed the Jewish community, Muslim community, the Buddhist, and the 400 and more religious communities.

I am not sure what history books you are reading, they seem to be from the pre war world 1 era and forgot to explain why separation of church and state was dire.

Those that came to America first came to escape the church, yet the over reach of religious indoctrination came with them. Banning Christmas, allowing the abuse of women, allowing the enslavement of others and so much more. Religious bigotry not only caused false imprisonment back in those first years, it also caused people unjustly being Murder for religion. Good thing I went to catholic school and our Nuns taught fact based history right after mass. We were taught the facts and truth, and not some fictional propaganda started to get people to fill the collection plate.

I digress, as it seems you tend to use your religious choice to install your own form of authoritarian communism upon those that do not wish to worship as you.

As one Nun so elegantly put it, do not trust the man that spends his time thumping the Bible at everyone, for he is the man that refuses to see his own sins and chooses to blame others for his own cross he must bare.

For he is also the one that blames the devil for the hate that inhabits with in himself, for the devil played no part except for being the man’s scapegoat.

You may worship as you please, don’t try to force judgement on others Alvin because your argument failed.

Alvin

Killeen City Council meetings return with 25-item agenda

Alvin

@Noneofyourbiz: Yes you example is quite correct, but perverted I think because the same explanation an be for the citizens who want to expel the immigrant. Just because he now lives in a land that is not his land, he thinks by his living here now he is justified in staying, but the natural citizens want him to go back, then he must go back. Just because he is landed in this country does not automatically give him the right to stay.

But you use the word, 'Republic', as I referred to it before, in a Republic we are a Nation that chooses to be represented by 'people of like minds to whom we have given our trust', but we don't have that now. As an example, we are not represented by people we we trust and so conservatively the people that we distrust now have the power, and control, to elect a city manager who we had no knowledge of to control our city. Is this the American way of life that we give power and control to those who defy the American way of life, our culture and our heritage, to those who are not 'American' for as Roosevelt said it, and although he was a Democrat, he said it best, that if the immigrant comes to this land and wants to be an American then he 'must assimilate completely' or he is not an American. This is not being done now.

I referred to the fact that for over 200 years our Nation was of one face, that if you are an American, then you must swear allegiance to this Nation and to none other, but that was changed in 1967 by resolution, not the Constitution ,but by resolution, making it OK to have a dual nationality. Why, why does someone choose to have a dual nationality other than 'they were not an American in the first place so therefore they should not have given this power. Only Americans should ascend to this power. The same takes place everyday by people of different minds want to usurp the city government and on up to our National government. And now I personally believe that we are on the verge of loosing our great Nation to those who want to destroy us as a Nation. And this is all taking place by 'others'.

Noneofyourbiz

@Alvin

Once again you have gone down a path that has many different paths to walk down. Some of those paths lead yo a solution and some just lead to becoming a political agenda for past generations and future generations for ever.

Immigration is a subject that has been political since the start of this Country and is also one of those political topics that seem to keep popping up with out a solution. It is only a vote generator and a political theater weapon to divide and group voters.

I believe that the United States of America is a country that has so much to offer that many around this great big world will risk life or limb to obtain it. Many of our ancestors escaped their ancestors homes to make it here, some with no option or choice, some forced, and some in search for a better life for future generations.

The great melting pot!

We all can agree that we have a boarder crisis, and a back log process that has gotten out of control because political parties have backlogged the solution for a log time, simply because with out immigration as a easy hot ticket to gain voters they would have to actually find a new topic.

Immigration Needs to be streamlined, and no violent offenders should be allowed into our country.

The process should be open and obtainable to all that wish to come and share this great country and wish to make America place of freedom for all.

Yes our boarders need to be secure from those that seek to do harm to our country, and to prevent violent offenders from causing harm.

Instead of political parties using immigration as a weapon against voters and as a political hot spot, how about them letting immigration fix the broken process.

I like many others are sick of the same old government talking about the same stuff that should have been fixed during my great great grandmothers generation.

We have let the duopoly ( 2 party system) get away with enslaving the American people far to long. We have allowed the duopoly to manipulate election with false promises, un American policies, hidden agendas, spying on Americans, and just out and out trampling on the American citizens rights far to long.

It is time we demand them to either solve the problem or pack up and vacate the office they hold.

Instead of a country divide by political parties, we should be a country United in Freedom

Alvin

@NoneofyourBiz: Thanks for your input but if we equate what is said in our Constitution and what we have for a government today, the would be 'We The People translates to We the Elite' because nobody is listening or nobody gives a hoot so they have a free hand to do what eve they please. When you take a group of minimum of 4 out 7 that can control what it the city is to do regarding monetary expenditures then we no longer have a case for 'We The People' as a template for voting for Democracy because 'We are a Republic' and as a Republic the parties are both 'To protect the interests as represented by elected officials' but it is not working in this day and age because we have too many divisions or to say it another wat 'too many diversions represented by others'.

Copy: 'In both a republic and a democracy, citizens are empowered to participate in a representational political system. They elect people to represent and protect their interests in how the government functions.

Key Takeaways: Republic vs. Democracy

Republics and democracies both provide a political system in which citizens are represented by elected officials who are sworn to protect their interests.

In a pure democracy, laws are made directly by the voting majority leaving the rights of the minority largely unprotected.

In a republic, laws are made by representatives chosen by the people and must comply with a constitution that specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority.

The United States, while basically a republic, is best described as a “representative democracy.”  End of copy.

That is just what I have been talking about for years and this city government does not want to change because if they can keep the public dumb and stupid then they will have won. I have written to the city manager to no avail because apparently he is the one that keeps dogging the point of keeping typewritten minutes for posterity, the secretary posted the typewritten minutes and I questioned these minutes and nothing has ever been typed and printed since. So you do not have a written copy of the city council that is transcribed into type written minutes for prosperity, both the city council meeting and the work city council meeting because 'they are both actual city council meetings and both should be transcribed, typed, and recorded minutes of meetings so therefore there should not be any secrets as is done whenever and where ever they so choose. Both should be available at least 72 hours after each meeting and as to the council people having the chance to read and correct these minutes, they can be emailed and read for correctness within 24 hours and sent back to the secretary as required thus securing the minutes of meetings for issue within 4 days as a maximum. These individuals invited themselves as candidates for office and as such, put themselves at the disposal of 'The Citizens, not the other way around'. But as I have said, we cannot seem to get a corrected copy of the minutes of meeting of a duly recognized city council meeting so we are 'deaf, blind and mute' and in my opinion this is the way this city wants it.

So therefore what I request is a transcribed copy of minutes that can be pulled from a file that will be a record copy of what was said at and during that meeting last week or 8 years ago, or in accordance with the record copy of the city charter, including revisions to that charter. This is what I want and this is what should be provided or else 'We do not have a Constitution that equates to what we are supposed to be getting, an elected body that reflects what we the citizen desires'. As an example, our Constitution states that we as citizens, not immigrants, not people that stole into this country illegally, and are united in the principle that the immigrant/citizen assimilates him/her self in accordance with our Constitution and then and only then can the citizens elect the President of the United States, but that is not the test now as in the late 1960's this was bypassed by a revision, but not assembled so as to 'change our Constitution. This is just one way our constitution by the peoples representatives which is not the way a Republic or Democracy is supposed to work.

Even down at our city level, do you think that the percentage of people, 4.58 percent of the total value, is represented in a city council meeting, and without the documentary being typed and presented to the general public and saved as record copy. No it is not and with the way our city government works, it will never be.

We do not ever see a record copy of what went on in a city council meeting and 'that is the way they want it'.

So question: 'As of today this newspaper printed, Killeen Sales Tex grew by $30 million dollars', what do you think that excess $30 million dollars will be spent on? Will it be ;streets and roads or will it be spent on the city water/wastewater system, or will it be forever lost as I think so much of our city's revenue today is.

Noneofyourbiz

@Alvin

I stood in front of the city council and spoke, I read the first part of the Texas constitution that said the state of Texas was a Republic and also that the US constitution is also a republic. Only to have another lady state that I was lying. Lmao

We as libertarian try to explain this by an example.

Example:

If you own a bicycle. A bicycle that you paid for, or built, or given to you legally it’s yours.

But than a group of people come along and decide they want your bicycle for their own reason and take it from you. That is not only theft that is a democracy.

The constitution even points to individual Freedoms and use the words Individual and we. We never meant MoB rule, organization rule and so on.

It meant we the people we the individuals of the United States of America. It gave us the people and the individual the voice, the power and most of all the right to fight back if needed, no matter your race, religion, sex or political party, or rather you belonged to any organization or union.

Sadly political parties have strayed from the foundation of what made this country.

As for the 31 million, this once again will be used to benefit organization both for profit and non, or used to start more useless tax payer funded programs that will generate votes for city council members.

They do not understand why they get more tax money this time, and you can’t explain to them that it’s because instead of paying a tax on a 1 dollar item, now the citizen pays tax on a 2 dollar item that normally was only a 1 dollar. To this city council they fully believe that inflation is a wind fall of money and not the fact it’s a windfall generated off the poorest of the community.

All the way up to our president most elected officials see a great benefit in the taxation of inflation. It generates more taxes with out most citizens knowing they are being over taxes or that their taxes have actually increased. It’s a slight of hand and a very evil way to steal from the poor.

Alvin

@ Noneofyourbiz: Thank you for your input, but I don't hear good so it's a waste of my time to listen to a video because I can't hear what's being said. That's why I am adamant about the text of the city council being put out before the general public for all to read and the records being kept for prosperity. Apparently there are no records, that are available to the general public, and there should be. Also, a video can be dubbed, can be cut and spliced. The woman that is on the council to whom I referred to is Ms. Melissa Brown. In conversation with her, when I asked about the minutes of meetings and correspondence being put out, she said that I could check the city page of which there was not any correspondence to be available. We need this city to make the minutes of ALL CITY COUNCIL meeting available as written texts as we do not have any written records available to the general public. This has been a problem ever since 2012. I don't know about any further back as I did not inquire earlier. I was only interested in the fiasco that was during Hancock's watch and the flap that erupted over the $200,000.00 over-reach concerning Mr Green's contract and the fact that he was not present during that secret meeting. I say 'Secret meetings should not be allowed as they pertain to each and every citizen'. So secret meetings should not be allowed. Period.

But thank you your interest into my concerns as it is evident that the city council is not.

Noneofyourbiz

@alvin

Are you using a computer or a gaming console when listening to the recordings? You can go into your settings and have the words translated into text.

Also by law and under the open meeting act and transparency rules, the city must be able to produce a written or visually readable transcript. Have you sent a request to the city secretary for a copy. Lucy Aldrich is wonderful and will get you what you need. By law all you have to do is request it from her, even a request on a napkin must be answered. You have the right to read city council members emails, text messages, Facebookbook post Facebook and so on.

You can go to the attorney generals page and listen to both of the videos on open meetings and transparency and also get certified right there as well.

Please send Lucy Aldrich an email and make your request that way, so you get what you need.

Alvin, I always care about everyone, and I fight hard to make sure everyone is heard, that the government hides nothing. Just because I don’t agree with something doesn’t mean I don’t want or care about what you have to say.

That is what makes me a libertarian and the heart of being a libertarian. You never know when someone says something that might change things or be the answer we are looking for.

Open mind, opens more doors

Noneofyourbiz

@Alvin

Everett is doing what is called a citizen petition to allow him 3 to 4 minutes to speak about something that is not on city council agenda.

To do a citizens petition all a citizen of Killeen Tx has to do is get in touch with the City secretary and make a request with in a time line to be put on the next city agenda.

This is in no way a change in the ordinance as of now.

As for your application to on the board that’s required an electrician, if this is what you are talking about. Last city hall meeting they did do a vote and you can watch it on the city webpage and the reason why.

If you do not know the link or how to rewatch the videos from city hall meetings let me know and I will be happy to post a direct link here for you

Alvin

Copy: 'Killeen City Council meetings return with 25-item agenda'.

Copy: '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.' End of copy.

You people of the city government still don't get it. This paper has just announced that there is a citizens petition to amend Kkilleen city ordinance pertaining to “obstruction of justice” and this is the first mention of it that myself, and I am still considered to be a citizen of this city, has been notified of the petition and it's contents. Where is the justice of and for this petition if 'nobody is made aware of this petition and it's contents'? We, in this city, are still being blindsided by this city government.

I asked a question of councilwoman Melissa Brown about it was announced that I was put in for the electric position and then it was announced that another individual had been selected, so I asked who the pertinent individual was and how the vote was accorded. As usual, I have not been told of who was selected and how the vote tally was recorded. So am I to assume that thevote went according to the norm, 'secrets again' and 'nobody is to know about the political structure of this town'. It would seem so as the only councilwomanthat I can communicate with has blindsided me again

Copy: '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.' End of copy.

It seems to me that this city is still going forward with the 'design and architectural standards' are still being geared towards the 'Home and Garden' aspect of 'House Beautiful' and not towards this city's long quest of 'developing and maintaining the city's 'architectural standards of city development including a new City Hall and the development of standards as to the building of 'Old Town', It seems to me that this city is still in the mode of a 'Bedroom Community' and if this city is ever to get out of this growth pattern, it must break out of this pattern.

Copy: '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.' End of copy.

First I disagree with the city council's recommendation of an 'above average' pay step for I believe he has not justified his position as a city manager that has satisfied all of the requirements, such as his position on streets and roads when he states that the citizen should pay $10.00/month/water meter and says that the citizen should bond $24 million dollars when this city is continuing to have an increasing toll of now at $160 million dollars. That means e\we can expect to see another large increase in the street and road toll, because 'this city government still says that the cost of living in this city is to be borne by each and every citizen and not by this city government although they still collect from the citizen city taxes that are for the exclusive use that includes streets and roads, water department issues such as means that pertain to providing drinkable water and sewage disposal'. This this city does not think that it is of importance to provide the citizens by way of the collection of city taxes that each and every citizen must provide to this city. So by this method of selection, then this city manager has not shown equal to the task of providing all of these services through adequate means and should not be afforded a 'above average' rating. This is just another example of 'why the citizen should be held accountable for the city managers pay and not the select city council'.

As to the other aspects of 'how and why we are to spend the funds' I have stated my position that have so far fallen on deaf ears so why bother when this council and city government has chosen another path'.

Are we not to view the downtown development with the inclusion of a city hall and supportive buildings as described. Then why are we spending the money on a dilapidated city hall when it could be used in support of the planning of 'Old Town'? Just a query.

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