By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
The Bell County Commissioners Court met on Monday, May 9 to discuss the Nolanville annexation, educational services at the Bell County Juvenile Services Center and restricting handguns at the Bell County Justice Center.
A Memorandum of Understanding – Residential was considered and authorized between the Board of Trustees of the Killeen Independent School District (KISD), the Bell County Juvenile Board and the Bell County Commissioners Court for KISD to provide educational services at the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center. This motion was approved during Monday morning’s Bell County Commissioners Court. Susan Humphrey, Director, Bell County Juvenile Services Center presented the memorandum that the educational services will be provided during the regular school year for both pre-adjudicated and post-adjudicated classrooms and to include special education services. It is agreed that a transition assistance program is not applicable, as the result of 30 percent of the youth served, live outside the school district that operates at the correctional facility.
The commissioners also approved the award of the only bid to D.I.J. Construction Inc. for pavement markers and raised pavement markers utilized on county roads and streets.
“The price has gone up in pavement markers, especially the raised ones,” commented Judge Jon Burrows. “$100,000 is spent on road striping in Bell County.”
The motion was carried for the approval of the consideration to select a committee of five representatives and two alternates to represent and negotiate with the City of Nolanville after forced annexation. On May 4, 53 residents of the proposed annexation area attended a meeting and elected a committee to represent Bell County citizens against this involuntary annexation. These representatives formed “Bell County Citizens Committee” and request that the May 19 date be delayed for the annexation vote, to ensure “Bell County Citizens Committee” may have enough time to meet and negotiate with Nolanville City Council.
The court also approved was the consideration of the restriction for handguns being able to be carried on premises inside the Bell County Justice Center, Bell County Courthouse or Courthouse Annex. This would also include and conferring with the Attorney General’s Office and defending or filing litigation. This item was discussed in more depth in a workshop following the regular meeting of the Bell Commissioners Court.
The minutes from last week’s meeting were also approved. Pam Reavis, Fair Secretary, Bell County Youth Fair was presented with a pin and certificate honoring her 25 years of employment with Bell County.