2017-08-11 / Front Page

Kempner appoints former member to City Council

BY JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Mayor Carolyn Crane administers the oath of office to Clifton Morse, who is returning to Kempner City Council to fill a vacancy. Morse was a council member from 2002 to 2006, as well as from 2009 to May of this year. 
COURTESY PHOTO Mayor Carolyn Crane administers the oath of office to Clifton Morse, who is returning to Kempner City Council to fill a vacancy. Morse was a council member from 2002 to 2006, as well as from 2009 to May of this year. COURTESY PHOTO Kempner City Council unanimously approved both the resignation of Councilman Steve Martin and the appointment of former council member Clifton Morse on Tuesday to fill the vacancy.

Martin is active-duty military, has lived in Kempner for about four years and was appointed to the Place 1 council seat in January this year.

He informed the council Tuesday that his military assignment will take him away from the area for a few months.

Morse previously served on the City Council from 2002-2006 and from 2009 to May of this year.

Councilman Bob Crane made the motion to approve the appointment of Morse, and council member Melba Vandeveer seconded the motion, which passed with no opposition.


Christopher Dunshie was sworn in as a Kempner Police Department officer on Tuesday by Mayor Carolyn Crane. 
COURTESY PHOTO Christopher Dunshie was sworn in as a Kempner Police Department officer on Tuesday by Mayor Carolyn Crane. COURTESY PHOTO Morse said his “vacation” from civic responsibility was short-lived and that he was glad to back on the municipal body. Starting his third stint as councilman, which became effective Tuesday night, Morse said, “Third time is the charm.”

The Kempner council also heard a presentation Tuesday from Jason Deckman of the Central Texas Council of Governments.

Deckman spoke about Interstate 14, which extends from the east end of Copperas Cove to the west end of Belton along what was formerly called U.S. Highway 190.

Officials have discussed long-term plans to designate major portions of U.S. 190 as I-14, possibly extending east to the Texas-Louisiana border or beyond.

Deckman told the council there is no definite decision to extend the I-14 designation to Kempner or areas to the west.

If that portion of U.S. 190 is renamed or new portions of I-14 are added, it would likely be “10, maybe even longer, years away,” Mrs. Crane said in follow-up comments on Wednesday. “[Deckman] reminded us that the bypass for Copperas Cove was on the books for 20-30 years before it was completed.”

Mrs. Crane said I-14 and potential highway development near Kempner is a high-interest subject, as buildings in the city are located close to the current U.S. 190, the main thoroughfare in town.

Mrs. Crane also discussed the amended budget calendar.

After a budget workshop on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., the next regular council meeting is Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Citizens who would like to address the council are asked to contact the city in advance.

Once the council reviews the proposed budget, it will be filed with the city secretary and made available for the public on Aug. 23, Mrs. Crane said.

A public hearing on the 2017-2018 fiscal-year budget is set for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., and a vote on whether to ratify it is expected to come Sept. 12, the mayor said.

Mrs. Crane also mentioned that Christopher Dunshie has been sworn in as a reserve police officer. The Kempner Police Department has four paid employees, and Dunshie is the sole reserve officer.

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