Leon Valley
TX

Staff Report

Discuss and consider possible action naming a trail the "Brig. Gen. Travis Monroe Hetherington" Trail.

Information

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Category:Report

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Bio TRAVIS MONROE HETHERINGTON Leon Valley (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. BG Travis Monroe Hetherington 1999
  4. City Council Item PPT template

Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

To consider naming the new trail, being a Strip of easement land behind Grass Hill Drive, donated by the Hetherington Family Trust to the City of Leon Valley, the "Brig. Gen. Travis Monroe Hetherington Trail".

 

Brigadier General Travis Monroe Hetherington was the developer of Seneca Estates Unit 3 and Forest Court subdivisions and owned a leftover strip of land, formerly a portion of the now-closed Smith Road. The property was placed into Hetherington Family Trust and it was passed on to his heirs (daughters) after his death. The parcel is a strip of land, twenty (20) feet wide, non-developable, and consists of approximately 0.2317 acres of land. The land is located directly adjacent to the detention pond behind 6320 Bandera and can be used as access to the new The Ridge at Leon Valley detention pond park.

 

In trying to gain access to the detention pond and provide an area for the water well project runoff, staff contacted the current owners to gauge their interest in donating this parcel to the City. The current owners were pleased to donate the land to the City. As previously stated this will now provide access to the detention pond, and creates the start of a new trail system, as it will connect to other proposed parkland.

 

During conversations with the family, we asked about the history of Brig. Gen. Hetherington. The daughters sent a biography of their father and it was then discovered that he was a distinguished Brigadier General who served our country for 30 years. The daughters also sent a picture of Brig. Gen. Hetherington and expressed their desire to have the trail named for him.

 

The Park Commission met on February 9, 2017, considered the request, and then recommended approval.

 

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social Equity - Providing parkland in each area of the city assures that all citizens have access to parks and this action supports the goal of providing adequate recreational opportunities

 

Economic Development - Enhancing the park system increases recreational opportunities, which may appeal to potential residents and businesses

 

Environmental Stewardship - Parkland is typically left minimally developed, which increases area for stormwater settling, instead of runoff, which helps to protect the environment

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

As this is a trail, there are minimal requirements, which include two signs and the creation of an all-weather surfaced pathway. Signage and materials will come from existing funds in the Park budget.

 

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

·               Approve the Park Commission's recommendation and name the trail for Brig. Gen. Travis Monroe Hetherington:

 

o              Honors our City’s tag line of “Deep Roots, Big Ideas”

o              Pays tribute to someone who served our country honorably and was one of the first developers of Leon Valley

 

 

Meeting History

Mar 7, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

Public Works Director Melinda Moritz presented this item asking City Council to consider naming the new trail, being a strip of easement land behind Grass Hill Drive, donated by the Hetherington Family Trust to the City of Leon Valley, the "Brig. Gen. Travis Monroe Hetherington Trail".

Public Works Director Moritz began with a background saying Brigadier General Travis Monroe Hetherington was the developer of Seneca Estates Unit 3 and Forest Court subdivisions and owned a leftover strip of land, formerly a portion of the now-closed Smith Road. The parcel is a strip of land, twenty (20) feet wide, non-developable, and consists of approximately 0.2317 acres of land. The land is located directly adjacent to the detention pond behind 6320 Bandera and can be used as access to the new The Ridge at Leon Valley detention Pond Park. In trying to gain access to the detention pond and provide an area for the water well project runoff, staff contacted the current owners to gauge their interest in donating this parcel to the City. The current owners were pleased to donate the land to the City. As previously stated this will now provide access to the detention pond, and creates the start of a new trail system, as it will connect to other proposed parkland. During conversations with the family, we asked about the history of Brig. Gen. Hetherington. The daughters sent a biography of their father and it was then discovered that he was a distinguished Brigadier General who served our country for 30 years. The daughters also sent a picture of Brig. Gen. Hetherington and expressed their desire to have the trail named for him.

Public Works Director Moritz concluded the presentation saying that the Park Commission met on February 9, 2017, considered the request, and then recommended approval.

A motion was made by Council Member Monica Alcocer and seconded by Council Member Belinda Ealy, to approve the naming of the trail, the "Brig. Gen. Travis Monroe Hetherington Trail" as presented.

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Monica Alcocer, Council Place 3
SECONDER:Belinda Ealy, Council Place 2
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, Benny Martinez

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