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05-28-1996 VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NM 88004 MINUTES OF 28 MAY 1996 MEETING The board convened at 1: 10 p.m. in the Board Room of the Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. The following were present: Warren Rogers, DAV 10; Gaston Mungia, American Legion; Robert Wiley, VFW; Elsa Baker, VVA; Joe Heintz, Vice Chairman. This constituted a quorum. Absent were Manuel Evaro, Chairman and Noel Cooley, AMVETS. Mel Barlow, DAV 38, was a visitor. No congressional staff members were present. The minutes of the April meeting were approved. Veterans Park Report: Elsa Baker, Park Committee chair, met with city engineer representatives. The plan of the culvert to carry runoff from east of Roadrunner Parkway under the parking area will be completed by 22 June. Requests for proposals to contractors to construct culvert will be sent out with two weeks for return, one week for review and then award to the successful qualified low bidder. It anticipated that noticed to proceed will be issued by end of July with work to start in early August. The park plan developed by the city landscape architect was reviewed by the board. The concept was approved. The size of the proposed 52" culvert was questioned since it will receive the flow from three 36" conduits plus that of the ditch on west side of Roadrunner Parkway. Other than that, the plan is considered excellent. Copy enclosed. The next step is the meeting with the residents in the area with city representatives for their comments. Mel Barlow reported that letters on the proposal to get Bureau of Land Management acreage set aside for a National Cemetery on the East Mesa have been sent to all veteran's organizations and to the United States Senators and the Represen- tative from this area. Since letters had not also been sent to the City Council and the County Commission, it was requested that this be done. The idea of having a consolidated monthly newspaper to replace monthly individual organizational newsletters was again discussed. The Real Estate Press has sent questionnaires to all veteran's organizations to determine what they would like to have published. Responses are rather slow in coming in and organiza- tions are requested to get them in. Board members are to contact their constituents to get this done. The Memorial Day Ceremony was critiqued. It was agreed that this was one of the best ceremonies put on in several years. This included that for men lost at sea held on the bank of the Rio Grande and the traditional ceremony at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. General Laws' speech was most effective and well received. His exhortation for everyone to write a letter to his congressional delegates at once to let them know of problems which need attention by Washington was applauded by the board. Elsa Baker reminded everyone to inform their organizations of the two Flag Day Ceremonies on 14 June. There will the 8:00 a.m. ceremony on the steps of the City Hall and the 10:30 a.m. event at the Munson Senior Center. She also said that Senator Domenici plans to participate in the parade of lights the night of July 3, and the Young Park events on July 4 . Gaston Mungia said the American Legion approached the School Superintendent's Office to request a school bus to take the Las Cruces representatives to Boys State being held in Socorro this summer. Nothing could be done this year because the request had not been submitted in time to include the trip in the school budget. It was recommended that action be initiated shortly to get it considered next year's budget. Joe Heintz said that the New Mexico State Flag at the new county court house should be flown to the left of the National Colors. He brought a copy of the regulations concerning proper flag procedures to the man in charge at the court house to no avail. It was recommended that the County Commission take corrective action on this matter to ensure that proper respect to the flag is rendered. Joe Heintz also reminded everyone to inform their members to take their problems with the federal bureaucracy to our senator's or representative's offices where they will receive assistance in getting letters prepared on their cases. He is personally well pleased with the excellent aid he has received. All veteran's organizations publish magazines which cover current events in matters of concern to veterans. It was recommended that all organizations canvass their members to see if magazines can be donated to the library or other places so that veterans who are not members of organizations might be able to read them. The various veterans service offices should have some for veterans to read while waiting to be seen for appoint- ments. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2 :45 p.m. , next meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. 25 June. Warren Rogers Acting Secretary N e � � �h u' I/` /or _i7A II •1 ,.y Zy. '�. ox Awl ROADRUNNER PARKWAY r LFMAOS PARA• OFFICE OF THE uHOSCAPE ARCHITECT�- 1 CITY of us CRucEs. HEw uExlco