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06-25-1996 l VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.0. DRILNER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEN MEXICO 88004 MINUTES OF 25 JUNE 1996 The board convened at 1: 10 p.m. in the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were: Joseph Heintz, Alternate Chairman; Warren Rogers, DAV; Gaston Munguia. American Legion; Robert Wiley, VFW, Noel Cooley, AMVETS, Elsa Baker, VVA; Fred Frank, DAV Alt. Absent was Manuel Evero, Chairman. Also present were Darlene Garcia, Senator Domenici's office and Mel Barlow, DAV 38. The May minutes were accepted as read. Since this is the third consecutive absence and the fourth this year of Manuel Evaro, under the provisions of Resoluition 94-291 which established the VAAB, a motion was made, seconded and passed that a new board chairman be elected. Mr Joseph Heintz was elected as chairman of the board and Veterans Liaison Officer. Mr Warren Rogers was elected vice chairman of the board. It is recommended that Mayor Ruben Smith appoint Joe Heintz as board chairman and liaison officer to the city, Warren Rogers as board vice chairman, and that the AMVETS representative Noel Cooley and the American Legion representatives Gaston Munguia and John J Dewey, whose terms expire this month, be reappointed for four year terms. Elsa Baker reported that work on the Veterans Park is continuing. It is recommended that the approved grading, landscaping, gazebo, parking lot paving, culverts and drainage structures be continued using the already cited funding and donated labor. The planned additional improvements, such as restrooms, covered picnic and meeting area, paths and other amenities be funded in a bond issue or by other means for construction in a second phase. There are planned community meetings with the residents of the High Range area to inform them of the plans for the Veterans Park and to answer any questions they may have. Members of the VAAB will be present with the City personnel to assist in answering questions. Mel Barlow stated that the letters to the City Council and County Commission on the proposed cemetery is Dona County have not yet been sent but would be soon. He also said that action continues to establish a veterans affairs newspaper for the county. Veterans organizations have been asked for their comments and desires by the Real Estate Press which plans to publish the paper. t' Joe Heintz discussed the actions being taken on subvention of Medicare, the reimbursement by medicare of the costs to the Army for treatment of retired military personnel over 65 in military medical facilities. This is being studied by congress for legislative action. The Parade of Lights and the Fourth of July activites at Young Park were discussed. Fred Frank, Commander of Mesilla Valley Chapter 10 of the Disabled American Veterans, is Parade Chairman. He told the board the schedule of events for the parade and the activities at Young Park. Senator Domenici will be at the park pavillion between 10 and 11 a.m. to meet with veterans and discuss their problems. Elsa Baker passed around copies of the E-mail she received from the Retired Officers Association on the latest developments in Washington in regard to veterans affairs. TROA sends an E- Mail update to its chapters having an E-mail address every Friday. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2;08 p.m. The next meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. on 23 July. �f?Warren Rogers Acting Secretary