By Lindsay Starr Platt
Bell County Health District and Hill County Transit District/ The HOP both presented district updates and a slide presentation during the weekly Bell County Commissioners Court.
Bell County Health District provided the court with an update on the current state of the Health District and the Zika virus. Bonnie Scurzi, District Director, Bell County Health District mentioned the county has been and will continue mosquito surveillance and to inform pregnant women of the dangers of Zika. Scurzi also announced she would be retiring this year.
“We only have four confirmed cases of Zika in Bell Couty. All of those cases are travel-related,” said Scurzi.
Hill County Transit District/ The HOP presented an update on alternatives to current public transportation. The program now has an average of 600,000 riders a year that use the services.
“In 1985, when I started, this program was just a fleet of vans,” said Carole Warlick, General Manager, Hill Country Transit District. “In 2000 we began the Killeen HOP and in 2001 in Temple. A long way since the mid 60’s when it was just volunteers. People do not realize we have five routes and we serve the smaller towns as well. You can also use Google Maps transit planning with HOP stops.”
The status of the current burn ban was considered and discussed by commissioners and no action was taken.
Also approved was the considerations for the final plat approval of Hayhurst Ranch Estates owned by Charles and Donna Hayhurst located in the City of Killeen’s ETJ.
The commissioners passed the motion to approve renewals with DENTRUST, Alamo Iron Works, and Heart of Texas Landscape and Irrigation.
Cleveland Asphalt Products was awarded the lowest bidder for the Road & Bridge Department.