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Mayor of Killeen plans to step down 40 days before election

Due to an election law in the Killeen Town Charter, Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra said Wednesday that he plans to step down as mayor at least 40 days before the May 7 municipal elections. in which he is running for a seat on the city council.

During the 40 days that Segarra is absent from the mayoral seat, he said Pro Tem Mayor Debbie Nash-King, who is also the councilor for District 2 in Killeen, would take over as mayor in the meantime.

Nash-King is also running for mayor in the May 7 election, alongside Patsy Bracey, Holly Teel and James Everard.

To complicate matters, Nash-King would also have to step down at least 40 days before the May 7 election — if she’s still a District 2 councilor by then — since she, too, is running for a “different office,” according to the charter of the town of Killeen.

Icy roads cancel school Thursday and cause wreckage on I-14

A winter storm brought snow and ice Thursday to an 1,800-mile-wide stretch of the United States stretching from Texas to the East Coast. However, in the Killeen-Fort Hood area, residents mostly experienced light freezing rain with an occasional and rare snow squall.

Freezing rain was accompanied by road hazards in the Killeen area, particularly on bridges and overpasses which had not yet closed, causing some cars to lose traction on Thursday.

According to the Killeen Police Department, KPD officers responded to 36 calls for service regarding car crashes between midnight and 3 p.m. Thursday.

Copperas Cove Police Department spokeswoman Krystal Baker told the Herald that CCPD officers responded to 30 weather-related calls for duty primarily Thursday morning, 12 of which were accidents.

Bell Water District considers emergency purchase

Bell County Water Control and Improvement District 1 General Manager Ricky Garrett told the board on Wednesday morning that he intended to make an emergency purchase. The purchase will be for a new computer server for the Southern Wastewater Treatment Plant on Chaparral Road in Killeen.

Garrett told the board that the server, which controls the factory components, has been running for a few weeks.

Garrett explained that the new server is expected to cost less than $30,000 and is a purchase he feels is too big to make before the next fiscal year budget, which is scheduled to begin May 1.

The “Homeless to House” program in Killeen is gaining momentum

Uniting both Cove House and Fort Hood Habitat for Humanity, a ‘Homeless to House’ program offered in Killeen last week aims to rehabilitate the homeless by providing a safe and stable environment for its clients to thrive through an evolving housing program.

Presented last Tuesday at the Killeen City Council workshop meeting by representatives from Fort Hood Habitat for Humanity and Cove House, the program was made possible with funding from the Home Investment Partnerships Program American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP ).

To date, Killeen City Council has officially voted to set aside approximately $500,000 for a homeless relief program; in response, Bell County pledged an additional $600,000, on the condition that Killeen would match that same funding.

The next step is for Killeen to reflate the approximately 2.94 acres adjacent to the Fort Hood Habitat for Humanity property that sits on Atkinson Avenue in Killeen – effectively carving out a floodplain that cuts through the middle – and donating it to Cove House, who is the designated manager for this program.

Killeen Council moves forward with 333-lot Clear Creek neighborhood

After nearly a month of negotiations, Killeen City Council moved forward on Tuesday in approving Joshua Welch’s large 333-lot single-family development on Clear Creek Road.

Although a significant amount of work remains to be done, City Council unanimously approved the development after several rounds of presentations and sessions at the bargaining table between Welch and city staff.

The development is a total of approximately 80 acres and would be located adjacent to Clear Creek Road, roughly between Modoc Drive and Reese Creek Road.

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