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03-24-1998 '"& VETEUS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BC3 CITY OF LAS CRUCES P .O. DRAWER 2000 LAS CRUCES , NEW MEXICO 88004 24 March 1998 The board convened at 1300 in the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were: Chairman Joseph Heintz, Vice Chairman Warren Rogers, AMVETS rep Noel Cooley, Vietnam vets rep Elsa Baker, DAV rep Fred Frank, VFW rep Bobcat Wiley. Others present was : Dee Braun, President of WAC Vets Assn. The minutes of last month' s meeting were approved. Elsa Baker reported on the status of the Veterans Park project. At enclosure 1 is a copy of her report. The height of the flagpoles was discussed. Rather than the proposed 25 foot flag poles, the board voted on having one 34 foot and two 32 foot poles . It was recommended that the city staff decide upon the size of the plaques so that the veterans organizations may proceed with ordering them. The size of the gazebo was again discussed and it was agreed that a 15 foot diameter structure would be acceptable. Joe Heintz reported on the success of the town hall meeting on the 25th of February held in the city council chambers . Over 60 people attended. The wide range of subjects discussed was of interest to the group. The question most asked was when are we going to hold another one. We have no immediate plans but there will be a town hall meeting at the American Legion Post 49, 11007 Central Avenue, Albuquerque from 1 : 00 to 3: 00 p.m. on 28 March. This is being sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans . The Reserve Officers Association is having their state convention here in Las Cruces at the Days Inn on Saturday 28 March. The banquet is scheduled for 6: 00 p.m. There will be a retirement luncheon for General Laws, outgoing WSMR commander at 12 : 00 noon at the community club. The ROTC drill competition will be at the Pan Am Center at NMSU from 8 : 00 a.m. to 3 : 00 p.m. on Saturday 25 April . The presentation of awards will be at 1 : 30 p.m. 11-1 y Warren Rogers, cting Secretary 24 :March 1998 Veterans Memorial Park. As of this date, 24 March 1998, the Homebuilders Association and the City of Las Cruces are still negotiating on the contract to build the park. The Homebuilders Association expects a groundbreaking no later than 1 June 1998. I was told by Landscape Architect, Joni Gutierrez that the Homebuilders Association usually does a ceremony for groundbreaking. The Homebuilders Association wants to know from us Veterans whether or not we think that three 25 foot flagpoles are adequate or whether we want 50 foot flagpoles. The height of the flagpoles makes a difference in the amount of concrete laid. In planning for flagpoles at Young Park, one 34 foot and two 32 foot poles were envisioned. Recommend that we insist on this same height. We were also asked if we knew of someone that could pay for the flagpoles. At this time, we would have to depend on the park budget to pay for the poles. This could change. The organizational plaques on the monument were also discussed with Ms. Gutierrez. She recommends we stay with our original plan to feature the veter- ans organizations. Room can be left to accomodate Service plaques if there are sources of funds identified later for them. Ms. Gutierrez will calculate the best size for the plaques. The idea brought up at our last Veterans forum about purchasing bricks with Veterans names on them (as a fundraiser) was met with opposition by the landscape architect. The main reason is that the Branigan Cultural Center is using this method to raise funds and the park project should not compete. Also, the Branigan Cultural Center has not had great luck with this method; less than 250 bricks have been sold (for $35 each) . Elsa J. Baker Veteran Coordinator