Leon Valley
TX

Staff Report
17-54

Discuss and Consider Possible Action on Designating an Area at the Community Center as "Veteran's Park"

Information

Department:Public WorksSponsors:
Category:Report

Attachments

  1. City Council Item PPT template

Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this M & C is to consider designating the area in front of the Community and Conference Center as a "Veteran's Park". On numerous occasions, we have had requests pertaining to the honoring of a U.S. Military Service Member, to commemorate their service as veterans. These requests have included the planting of trees, dedication of a memorial plaque, installation of special bells, symbols and the like. Currently, there is no dedicated space for this type of activity.

 

The area of grass encircled by the Community/Conference Centers and the library is typically used each winter to hold the Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Tree and then is just maintained throughout the rest of the year. Several trees have been planted in this area to honor someone’s life.

 

The idea would be to move the flag poles that are close to the Community Center into this area, and then hold ceremonies as requested by our citizens. This would have a positive side effect of making the flags more prominent, as they are currently not very visible. By holding the ceremonies in this area, we could provide access to water, restrooms, electrical outlets for podiums and speakers, and provide ample parking.

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social - Providing a designated area to honor our military service members affects all citizens who have lost or would like to honor them in a memorable manner.

 

Economic - Designating a special place to honor the military shows the business community our commitment to all things American.

 

Environmental - The open space is already in place and would be left as is, with the exception of the poles and some signage. The planting of additional trees meets the Council’s goal of “El Verde by 2020”.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

Unknown at this time - it would be a City Council decision as to what amenities they would like to see in this area, other than the flag poles. Staff will gather information regarding the cost to move the flag poles and to produce signage.

 

 

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the City Council designate the grassy area encircled by the Community and Conference Centers, and library, as "Veteran's Park".

 

Meeting History

Jun 20, 2017 6:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting
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Public Works Director Melinda Moritz presented the item for the consideration designating the area in front of the Community and Conference Center as a "Veteran's Park". On numerous occasions, we have had requests pertaining to the honoring of a U.S. Military Service Member, to commemorate their service as veterans. These requests have included the planting of trees, dedication of a memorial plaque, installation of special bells, symbols and the like. Currently, there is no dedicated space for this type of activity.

The area of grass encircled by the Community/Conference Centers and the library is typically used each winter to hold the Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Tree and then is just maintained throughout the rest of the year. Several trees have been planted in this area to honor someone’s life. The idea would be to move the flag poles that are close to the Community Center into this area, and then hold ceremonies as requested by our citizens. This would have a positive side effect of making the flags more prominent, as they are currently not very visible. By holding the ceremonies in this area, we could provide access to water, restrooms, electrical outlets for podiums and speakers, and provide ample parking.

A motion was made by Council Member Monica Alcocer and seconded by Council Member David Jordan to "do it".

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Monica Alcocer, Council Place 3
SECONDER:David Jordan, Council Place 5
AYES:David Jordan, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, Benny Martinez

Discussion