Loading...
05-27-1997VE BANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 Minutes of the 27 May meeting The board convened at 1300 in the Board Room of the Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were Chairman Joe Heintz, Vice Chairman Warren Rogers, Elsa Baker VVA rep, Robert Wiley VFW rep. Noel Cooley AMVETS rep and John J Dewey American Legion reps were excused. This constituted a quorum. Also present was Kelly Smyer representing Senator Bingamon. The minutes of the April meeting were approved and accepted as written. Unfinished business: Elsa Baker reported on the progress by the city on the Veterans Memorial Park. At present the project is stalled. Other work has taken precedence. The size of the park has been finalized at 7.9 acres. The sign at the park site will be repainted to cover the unsightly graffiti. We are still waiting for a design of the revised acreage. The new park area places the two arroyos outside the limits of the park. It is estimated by the city landscaper's office that the design will be completed in late summer. See enclosure. The memorial Day ceremony was discussed and it was agreed that it was a successful event in spite of being on Sunday, one day early. The board is not in favor of shifting the date from the official date of the established federal holiday. There being no other business, the board adjourned at 1340. Warren Rogers Acting Secretary 1 encl a/s u 27 May 1997 Veterans Memorial Park. Questions have come up on the size of the park. The original size of the park was 4.0 acres based on a plat drawing dated May 16, 1984. During nego- tiations with developer, Mr. Binns, an additional 5.0 acres was to be turned over. This would make the park size 9.0 acres. In the January 1997 time frame, the paperwork that went to the State of New Mexico legislature stated that the park size was 7.9 acres. In response to this question, City of Las Cruces Landscape Architect, Joni Gutierrez said that the 5.0 acres had an arroyo on th -north boundary. The City refused the turnover of a second arroyo. Thus, the 5.0 acre turnover was reduced by 1.1 acres. Arroyos, as we have learned from the one along the south border of the property, are a financial drain. Joni Gutierrez was informed of the graffiti on the Veteran Park sign. She will phone in a request for a new sign. The new City of Las Cruces budget has not been published to date. Joni Gutierrez will be looking for how much funding is available for the Veterans Park in addition to the $70,000 that has been rolled forward from prior years. The survey of the land has been completed The Homebuilders Association is still on line to donate labor. The next step is to form a conceptual plan (design) for the 7.9 acre site. The City Landscaper's office is very busy. In fact they worked yesterday, Memorial Day. The Homebuilders Association is also very busy. When asked when a workable design plan will be ready, the response was "late summer ". Elsa J. Baker Ev1 c 1