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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Superintendent of the Bell County Road, Bridge Department resigns

Lindsay Starr Platt

Evening Star

 

County commissioners gathered for their regular meeting Monday morning to discuss and consider items on the agenda. Commissioner Bill Schumann led the meeting in the absence of Judge Jon Burrows.

Bell County residents can now renew their vehicle registration at H-E-B stores at three locations. County Commissioners approved the Motor Vehicle License Registration Agent Agreement between Bell County, Bell County Tax Assessor-Collector, and HEB Grocery Company, L.P. This agreement was renewed under the new Bell County Tax Accessor-Collector, Shay Luedeke.

“The H-E-B’s are bonded at $75,000, so it is $25,000 for each location,” said Luedeke. “This gives them enough for one pack, which is 125 stickers when they run out they just come get more.”

Commissioner John Fisher said, “Any possibility of entering an agreement with the new H-E-B in Killeen? It would make very good sense because it’s the farthest south and you can take care of all of that south portion.”

“A new agreement would be needed for the store,” said Luedeke.

Belton H-E-B is one of the three H-E-B stores in Bell County where residents can renew their vehicle registration: Registrations can also be renewed at H-E-B at 3002 S. 31st St. in Temple; and H-E-B 809 N. Gray St. in downtown Killeen.

Two new speed limit signs will be going up this week in Bell County. Commissioners approved the requested speed limits for Old 81 will to lowered to 45 mph and Old Troy Road will now be 40 mph.

A Public Hearing was conducted with the County Engineer Bryan Neaves for the considerations for a request to decrease the speed limit on two roads. A notice was posted prior to the public hearing, no one came forward to speak about the requested change.

“As you know, not too long ago there was a couple of kids that were killed,” said Schumann. “The speed limit was posted at 50 mph and there was a curve. As Bryan (Neaves) likes to say the road is not too forgiving and they went off the road. There was no place for them to go except for the big trees.”

Texas Comptrollers Office will host an event on February 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the public to claim funds at the state’s level. The event will be held at Bell County Clerks office as they will handle the claims.

Ted Fiebig, Superintendent of the Bell County Road and Bridge Department was approved to resign from his position.

“Sad to see him go,” said Schumann.“We will say goodbye to him with our gratitude.”

Coryell County Commissioner Ray Ashby was approved to fill the remainder of the term of Judge John Firth, as a member of the Central Counties Services Board of Directors. Firth whose two-year term ends August 31, 2018.

Commissioners considered and approved the 2017-2019 members of the Bell County Historical Commission. Schumann mentioned he was glad to see Berneta Peeples name was still on the roster.

Also approved was the resolutions for the sheriff of Bell County to conduct public sales of foreclosed properties. The properties will be sold to the highest bidder at a minimum amount of $500.

The County Auditor was authorized by the commissioners to advertise for Pit Run Gravel for the Road & Bridge Department.

The county commissioners met for a workshop following the regular meeting. Regular agenda items were discussed at the workshop as well as the mention of upcoming county events.

Upcoming events for the county that were mentioned at the workshop included:

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Board meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on January 26 at the Workforce Building in Killeen.

Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board meeting on January 26 at 12 p.m. at the CTCOG Building in Belton.

Salado Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. on January 26 at Tenroc Ranch in Salado.

Temple Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business Dinner, with Senator John Cornyn, will be at 7 p.m. on January 27 at the Frank Mayborn Convention Center.

Ground-breaking for new Bell County Expo Equestrian/Livestock Facility will be on February 1 at the Bell County Expo Center at 12 p.m.

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