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07-22-1998 VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P .O. DRAWER 2000 LAS CRUCES , NEW MEXICO 88004 22 July 1976 The board convened at 1300 at the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were: Chairman Joe Heintz, Vice Chairman Warren Rogers, VFW Rep Robert Wiley, AMVETS Rep Noel Cooley, VVA Rep Elsa Baker, DAV Rep Fred Frank. This constituted a quorum. Also present were : Darlene Garcia of Senator Domenici' s office and Kelly Smyer of Senator Bingaman' s office. The minutes of the June meeting were approved. Unfinished business : Elsa Baker reported on the status of the veteran' s park. Her report is at encl 1 . Fred Frank reported on the status of the Veteran' s Day Parade which will be Saturday 7 November at the downtown mall . Parade starts at 9: 30 a.m. On 11 November at 11 : 00 a.m. there will be a Veteran' s Day Ceremony in Mesilla at the new Veteran' s Park bring dedicated in Mesilla at the intersection of Calle De E1 Paso and Avenida De Mesilla. Dav Chapter 38 is coordinating the ceremony with Carlos Castaneda, Mayor Pro Tem of Mesilla under the guidance of the United Veterans Council of Dona County. New Business : Fred Frank reported on the need for people to work on the year 2000 census . The initial appointments of enumerators is in progress . Examinations are being given by the State Employment Office on Alameda in Las Cruces . Elsa Baker read E mail reports she has received from veterans organizations in Washington on the status of improved medical care, changes in eligibility of older veterans, allowing retirees to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, and related matters currently being considered by Congress. Copies of this E mail were given to Joe Heintz so he will be able to more accurately counsel veterans on these matters . There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 1335. The next meeting will be here at 1300 on 26 August. 4,-- Encl a/s s, Warren Rogercting Secretary United Veterans Council 14 July 1993 Veterans Memorial Park. T_he City of Las Cruces completed the design of the ?ark last Spring and the City Council approved an increase to the park budget bringing the total to $139,000. Also, the Home Builders Association has offe_e_ to bu'_ld the Park with volunteer labor. Out of discussions between the Home Builders Association and the City of Las Cruces, it was decided that the City of Las Cruces should out out a Request for Proposal to which the Home Builders Association could respond. This Would clearly put down on paper, what would be done by the Home Builders Associatic within the resource limits of the City. The City did issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) in June and orifi=ally set a response deadline of o July. This deadline was moved to 9 July at the request of the Home -Builders Association. I have been told that the Home Builders Association did respond to the `='P and that it is currently being processed by the City's Purchasing Department. Joni Gutierrez, the City c= Las Cruces Landscape Architect, is to pica up tie pack - a;e from Purchasing this afternoon. After she evaluates the information, she will discuss it with Mr. Nava, City Manager. Hopefully at the beginning of next week, she will be able to release information on the contents of the Hc_e Builders Association Proposal. Responses to the RFP were to include the following: a) How much of the Veterans Memorial Park can you build for $137,000? b) How much would you propose for the remainder of the work? In addition, the respondants were to provide the following infor=ation: a) Qualifications b) Schedule c) Capacity to perform the work in a timely manner d) Approach to work e) Amount of volunteer labor f) Extent of responsibility r Elsa J. Baker Veteran Coordinator zott / VAAB 28 July 1998 Veterans Memorial Park. The Home Builders Association did respond to the City of Las Cruces' Request for Proposal to build the Veterans Memorial Park. The next step, according to Joni Gutierrez, City of Las Cruces Land- scape Architect, is for City officials to meet with representatives of the Home Builders Association to negotiate what parts of the park can be completed this year within available funds. The negotiations will take place August 10th. The balance of the work to complete the park will be figured out and priced so that it can be included in next year's City budget. This creates a Phase I and Phase II to the Veterans Memorial Park effort. The negotiations entered into on 10 August will result in a contract which is to be presented to the City Council for approval at their August 17th meeting (7 PM) . After City Council approval, the work may begin. Actual work on the park is now estimated to begin in September or October 1998. Elsa J. Baker Veterans Coordinator eco /