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03-26-1996 Q VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LA.S CRUCES P _O _ DRAWER CLC LAS GRUCES , Z4MW MEXICO 8800,4 MINUTES OF THE 26 MARCH 1996 MEETING The board convened at 1 :05 p. m. in the Board Room of the Branigan Memorial Library. The following members were present : Mannie Evaro-chairman, Elsa Baker-VVA, Warren Rogers-DAV, Noel Cooley-AMVETS, Robert Wiley- VFW, Gaston Mungia-American Legion. Joe Heintz-Vice Chairman was excused. Julia Serna- representing Pete Domenici and Patty Dominguez representing Joe Skeen were also present . The minutes of the 27 February meeting were approved. Elsa Baker made a report of the status of the progress of Veterans Memorial Park. (enclosed) . At 6 :00 p.m. on 12 April , Brigadier General Wiennes , Commander of the German Air Force in United States and Canada, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Mesilla Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn. Everyone is invited. Call Elsa Baker at 525-3990 to make reservations . Meal cost is $12 . 50 . f;��_ Warren Rogers Acting Secretary Encl : a/s Veterans Memorial Park. On March 25th, Elsa Baker, Veterans Memorial Park Sub-Committee Chairperson, reviewed the progress of plans for the Veterans Memorial Park with Joni Gutierrez, Landscape Architect for City of Las Cruces. Ms. Gutierrez reported that the City has hired David Flores to be her assistant. He is a recent graduate of Horticulture at NMSU and worked for the City previously on a part-time basis while a graduate student. With his help, the design is expected to be finished in two to four weeks. After the design is completed, a neighborhood meeting will be set up for nearby residents to review the plan. A copy of the plan will also be provided to Elsa Baker for review by the' United Veterans Council and the Veterans Affairs Advisory Board. Elsa Baker inquired as to whether the $70,000 budgeted for the park needed to be used by 30 June 1996. The response was that if not used, it could be re-budgeted -- no problem. Ms Gutierrez was also asked whether the ultimate size of the park had been determined (resolved with Contractor, Eddie Binns) . The response was that the ultimate size really didn't matter at this point because the $70,000 already budgeted could not fund the development of very many acres. Cost factor applicable to labor and materials is $2 per square foot. An acre has 43,560 square feet. The park is 4 acres large at this time. Therefore, labor plus materials to develop all four acres would come to $3480480. Three factors will enable the park to be "built" within the $70,000 budgeted; 1. Labor donated by the Homebuilders Association 2. Designation of part of the 4 acres as a natural area (left "as is") . 3. Phasing part of the plan into future years' devel- opment and funding. When questioned about lead time to obtain materials, Ms. Gutierrez responded that some materials are on hand -- frequently used materials such as for parking lot. The final matter discussed was laying of the drainage pipe. Ms Gutierrez will check to see if this part of the project can be started after the parking lot at Young Park is completed. eqI