By David Tuma, Publisher
The Belton Police Department was honored by the Texas Police Chief Associations for the third time. Belton is one of only 33 departments statewide to receive this award for the third time.
Luke Potts, Zachary Krueger and Quinton Locklin were appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Larry Thompson was appointed to the Civil Service Commission. Ann Carpenter was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission. Judy Owens, Amanda Hendrick, Robin Alaniz and Garrett Smith were appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. David K. Leigh was appointed to the CTCOG Executive Board.
Belton is part of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District 1. There is a board that controls this district with all the representatives from the City of Killeen. The board is recommending that each city out-side of the City of Killeen have representation on the board. These areas include Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Nolanville and Belton. The council approved representation on the board.
Belton’s population grew 21.2 percent since 2010. The population of Belton as of the end of the year is 22,078.
There is a new senior living complex that will be built. This investment in Belton will include duplexes for rent, assisted living facility and amenity center planned on W. Avenue O between Loop 121 and Connell Street. The council approved a zoning change from agricultural district to multi-family at this location.
The property will contain 120 units for renting seniors aged 62 and up. There will be a business center, game room, indoor gym, coffee café, outdoor sports court, dog park, community garden, walking trail and outdoor barbecue area.
The council approved a final plat of Southloop Industrial Phase II on the northwest corner of Capital Way and Grove Road. Capitol Seating is proposing to relocate on this site. The property was zoned Light Industrial and platted in 1988. Sidewalks will be built along both Groves Road and Capitol Way.
There is a mixture of residents in the area and walkways through industrial areas is something companies are dealing with in a high growth area.
The council approved a change to the Strategic Plan to add a Governance Goal to Evaluate Employee Compensation Plan to each year of the plan to ensure inclusion in the annual budget process.
The country was taking 25 percent of the worlds recycled material. The City of Temple raised the rates of recycled material from $25 per ton to $75. Waste Management has been eating the price increase. Tuesday the council approved a rate increase of 57 cents per customer to help keep Belton’s recycled program open.
There will be a meeting at Arusha’s in January with property owners on East Street. The sidewalks along East Street are in bad shape. Businesses have invested heavily on long both sides of this street in the past five or so years. The cost of the project is $350,000 and will be funded by the Belton Economic Development Corporation.
Some of the parking will be changed, street lights to match the rest of downtown will be added and sidewalks replaced. Two handicapped parking spaces will be added. The project is in the design stages and completed in 2019.