The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 9, 1953 Page: 15 of 31
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Killeen which adopted a home
rule charter and hired a city
manager only four years ago
has a municipal setup now which
is patterned after some of the
most successful in the country.
And Ray Baca city manager
has at least one project which is
a model for other towns parti
cularly in this area. It is the
ramp-type sanitary fill garbage
The garbage department in
creased its expenditures to $44-
500 last year. The sanitary fill
took part of that. But it is little
more than a hole in the ground
into which garbage is dumped
then covered with dirt by a bull
dozer. The garbage is burried
The department has two 12-
yard trucks and two 15-yard com
pressor trucks which smash the
garbage into a huge lump in the
truck. It has a large open truck
which hauls only rocks and trash
—not wet garbage like the four
The city also has a fogging ma
chine for ridding the city of in
sects and vermin. Mr. Baca said
the whole town was sprayed every
week or 10 days in an effort to
prevent the spread of any disease
which might get started. And be
sides it's just a good sanitary
In addition every garbage can
in town gets a hand spraying with
DDT once every week by sanitary
department men when they pick
up the garbage. Regular pickups
in the residential sections are
made twice weekly. If there's
anything else which can be done
to keep down germs bugs and
Retg. 11.95 $795
Killeen Well Equipped
For W ork Around City
insects Mr. Baca can't think of
what it might be.
The water and sewer depart
ment has let a contract for a 2-
000000 gallon ground-level stor
age reservoir. It doesn't mean
Killeen will have more water be
cause the source has not been in
creased. But it does mean that
Killeen can keep that amount of
water on hand a much safer
system than just running it right
through the pipe line from the
river to the treatment plant then
into the mains. With this much
storage Killeen is considerably
safer from a fire protection stand
point and credit will be given on
fire insurance rates too.
The water and sewer depart
ment has four .pickup trucks two
of them equipped with plumbing
material. It has a ladder-type
ditcher which will dig a furrow
28 inches wide and eight feet
deep. It has another one which
will dig 20 inches wide and four
feet deep. It has a welding raa-i
chine and all the necessary ma
terials which go with it.
The street department has two
large motor graders of the
crawler type. It has a yard
dirt loading machine mounted on
tires. It has another one-yard
loading machine two asphalt dis
tributing machines a spreader
box for street topping a rotary
broom for sweeping streets before
they are topped. It has a 10-ton
flat-wheel roller and a 12-gallon
asphalt storage tank a mechaniz
ed street sweeper for the business
area one tractor three dump
trucks a flat bed truck a 600-
gallon water truck for sprinkling
streets during construction work.
The inspection department has
Regular $269. NOW
one. car for plumbing building
and electrical inspections.
The city hires one professional
engineer and two helpers a city
mechanic two men at the ceme
tery a city attorney and the city
Killeen has one 30-acre munici
pal pai'k with more than $50000
worth of improvements in it.
The police department recently
was modernized with the addition
of an 80-watt receiving and trans
mitting central short wave radio
station. The cars have 60-watt
receivers and car-to-car and car-
to-station communications are in
The network connects Killeen
with the sheriff's department in
Belton with the Temple police
and therefore with all radio
equipment operated by law en
forcement and peace-officer agen
cies in the U. S.
The police department used
two of its 10 cars for constant pa
If you think Killeen itself isn't
big business consider this: The
water and sewer budget calls for
$518000 in expenditures street
improvements and drainage $415
000 garbage equipment and land
purchases $44500 capital outlay
out of fiscal funds amounts to
$60000. Maintenance and opera
tions will cost the city an estimat
ed $329619.76 this year.
It's big business.
When Japanese is written in Chi
nese characters it can be read by
a Chinese although he does not
speak Japanese and he would give
the characters a totally different
phonetic value from what they had
THE FURNITURE MART
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Double Dresser Chest Bed
SPECIALS ON TABLES
Your Choice of Tables
Step Tables Cocktail Tables
Coffee Tables End Tables
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Furniture and Appliances
We Extend To You A
Cordial Invitation To Visit
Killeen April 12th.
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"Home of Famous Brands"
312 Ave. Phone 491
4 6 6 7 9
Finest Quality molded foam rubber Choice
of pink blue or white zipper covers.
WHILE THEY LAST
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The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 9, 1953, newspaper, April 9, 1953; Temple, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254326/m1/15/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.