LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting grants to help pay for police body armor, transportation safety programs and pet adoption preparation at its workshop today.

The council will discuss accepting $124,933 in Special Traffic Enforcement Program grant funds from the Texas Department of Transportation. The program provides reimbursable funds for specific traffic safety initiatives including speed control and intersection traffic control.

The city will provide a local one-time match of $73,937 to pay for salaries, benefits and gas mileage. There are no new hires under this grant and no future encumbrance, city officials said.

 The council will also discuss accepting a fully funded state grant to outfit Killeen officers with tactical body armor.

The grant will provide more than $120,000 for the equipment and requires no local match. The grant has a five-year warranty period after which the city will be responsible for maintenance and replacement.

The original resolution to accept the grant was postponed last week after a legal notice was inaccurately filed.

The council will also discuss its meeting protocol and duties today.

The council’s rules of order and methods of conducting business and making appointments will be at the center of a new proposal compiled by City Manager Ron Olson, who has spent the last few months overhauling the city’s administrative policies.

The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. at the Utilities Collection Building, 210 W. Avenue C.

The council’s agenda can be viewed online at killeen.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

In other business, the council will:

  • Discuss the purchase of $95,000 of training and duty ammunition for the Killeen Police Department. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
  • Discuss the purchase of $300,000 in Killeen Fire Department uniforms paid over the next three years. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the 2018 budget.
  • Discuss the purchase of $450,000 in consumable medical supplies for the fire department paid over the next three years. Funds for the purchase were allocated in the 2018 budget.

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