LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Killeen Police Department is hoping to put some extra funding into making the roads a safer place.

On Tuesday, the Killeen City Council will consider a “Special Traffic Enforcement Program” grant (STEP), which will be utilized by KPD for additional focused traffic enforcement on an ‘overtime basis’,” according to a staff report from the city. The grant is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation.

If the council votes to approve the consideration, it will authorize City Manager Kent Cagle to enter into the grant agreement with TxDOT for the grant in the amount of $60,965, with a matching requirement of $15,446 for a total grant project amount of $76,411.90, the staff report said.

The matching funds will be provided by an in-kind match. The grant allows for matching funds to be calculated based on vehicle mileage, a portion of the salary for the person managing the program and certain fringe benefits.

The additional funds will allow STEP officers to focus more on monitoring the streets for hazards such as distracted drivers, speeding and other safety concerns

“The additional STEP officers will not respond to routine calls for service and will concentrate on concerns with speed, driving under the influence, distracted driving, intersection-related crashes, etc., to impact the safety of the driving community, increase awareness and decrease violations.”

According to the staff report, “Additionally, the STEP officers will conduct several public education sessions to further increase the impact on traffic safety.

In other business, council will discuss term limits for certain boards committees, as well as reducing the size of the Animal Advisory committee during a workshop meeting immediately following the regularly scheduled council meeting.

The council will also discuss appointments for vacancies on various boards and committees.

Tuesday’s meetings will begin at 5 p.m. at Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.

For all council agendas, go to killeen.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

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(1) comment

Alvin

Copy: 'The Killeen Police Department is hoping to put some extra funding into making the roads a safer place'

Continuation of copy: 'If the council votes to approve the consideration, it will authorize City Manager Kent Cagle to enter into the grant agreement with TxDOT for the grant in the amount of $60,965, with a matching requirement of $15,446 for a total grant project amount of $76,411.90, the staff report said.' End of copy.

In my opinion, 'this is a waste of time and money'. The total sum of money, $76,411.90, will not sufficient for every street intersection in Killeen so to say that we will be putting an overtime patrolman is a gross over statement, to say nothing about the $76,411.90 that will allocated to this program.

Where does the sum of $15,446come from? Is it already allocated to the police budget as a requested overtime allocation? If so then Mr. city manager, you were wrong allocating any overtime hours in the budget as overtime should not be subject to advance authorization wherein you can authorize any approved authorization as 'the authorization for normal shifting of personnel cannot be pre-approved on a budgeted basis, it should only be approved on as as needed basis. So it seems like this is a total waste and is only for the benefit of the individual.

Copy: 'The additional funds will allow STEP officers to focus more on monitoring the streets for hazards such as distracted drivers, speeding and other safety concerns'. End of copy.

The patrolmen and women should be ever cautious in watching for the streets in regard to hazardous conditions and ever vigilant of distracted drivers, speeding, 'and other safety concerns', so that makes it a, in my opinion, a worthless program.

When does the police department tend to see this program as operating, what hours, days of the week, and for what duration?

And to say, officers as in plural, the total amount of money delegated to the operation of this program, $76,411.90, is not going to last until the water gets hot, so I consider this not a very viable program.

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