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06-23-1998 VES AFFAIRS ADVISORYtOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P . O . DRAWER 20004 LAS CRUCES , NEW MEXICO 88004 23 JUNE, 1998 The board convened at 1300 at the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were Chairman Joe Heintz, ( VFW Rep) AMVETS Rep Noel Cooley and Vietnam Vets Rep Elsa Baker. This constituted a quorum. Donna McClanahan represented Joe Skeen' s office and Kelly Smyer represented Jeff Bingaman' s office. Warren Rogers was excused to make a trip to California. The minutes of the May meeting were approved. Elsa Baker made a report on the status of the veteran' s park, copy enclosed. There was a discussion of the type of ga-Zebo to be erected. The decision was to wait to see what the city comes up with before the board takes a strong stand. Joe Heintz received a call from Washington about wanting a cemetery here in Dona Ana County but there was a bad connection so he could not understand much of what was being said. Fred Frank is the chairman of the cemetery committee and will investigate the matter more thoroughly. There was a discussion of the number of supervisors required by the VA and it was concluded that the VA was top heavy with layers of bosses . Another matter was that service-connected disabled veterans who are retired from the military have their annuities deducted from their retired pay; however in October 1998 those retirees over 65 will have only fifty percent of their annuity deducted and those over 70 will not have any deduction and will all their retired pay. There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 1335. The next meeting will be at 1300 28 July. Joe Heintz Chairman VAAB 23 Juno 1998 Veterans Memorial Park. The Request for Proposal (RFP) has gone out. The Pruchasing Department (City of Las Cruces) , placed a deadline of 5 PM 6 Juiv 1998 for responses. , The park design and monument design were provided with the RFP. Those that respond to the RFP are to provide the following: a) How much of the Veterans Memorial Park can you build for $137,000 (figure rounded upward) ? b) How much would you propose for the remainder of the work? In addition, the respondants are to provide the following infor- -,'Lien : 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 There is no guarantee that the Home Builders Association will respond. If not, the City of Las Cruces will need to bid out the work. On the subject of dedications, the following information was volunteered by Joni Gutierrez (City of Las Cruces Landscape Architect) as to what has been done in the past : a) No ground breaking ceremony b) Dedications have been done a lot of different ways c) There is a dedication ceremony d) Invitations are issued e) Advertising takes place f) Bleachers are set up g) There are a couple of speakers Joseph Heintz , VAAB Chairman, has spoken to Mayor Ruben Smith about the r t� dedication. The Mayor will get back to him. Elsa J. Bnk'or