Community input sought on parks improvements
by Gary Kent
Dec 14, 2009 | 1285 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City Council members heard an update on the progress of Gignac and Associates work on a master plan for city parks.

Carolyn James and Robert Gignac said they had been studying satellite photos of each of the city’s parks and they had visited most of them, taking photos of the existing facilities and assessing the amount of space that can be utilized in each.

James said she and Gignac are anxious to begin seeking community input on what kind of improvements people want in their parks.

The two architects had drawn up a list of questions for citizens to answer and suggestions to make.

Councilmen were given a number of options to use to get responses to the questionnaires, including putting the forms on the city’s Web site, passing forms out at local businesses and publishing the form in the newspaper.

James said Poesta Creek Park has a lot of potential as a dog park because of the amount of open space there.

She also had some suggestions on improving the water facility at Kohler (Nopal) Park on the city’s west side.

James and Gignac also recommended holding a workshop with council members in the near future to go over an inventory list of park facilities and to collect ideas on improvements at each of the properties.

The improvements list would include cost estimates.

Council members were asked to consider the importance of having a master plan complete by the end of May so the city council could meet a deadline for applying for state grant funds from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

James said a master plan would have to be submitted to the state weeks before a grant application could be filed.

Mayor Santiago “Jim” Martinez suggested that the architects and the council set up a timeline for having certain parts of the master plan study completed.

“Sure,” said City Manager Tom Ginter, “we can do that.”

In other business, the council voted to:

— Transfer the leases on two hangars at the Beeville Municipal Airport from Dan A. Hughes, Sr. to Doyle Barnett and to Paul E. Heard.

— Award a contract for city employee health insurance to Blue Cross Blue Shield.

— Authorize the extension of a wastewater line to the 2500 block of North St. Mary’s Street as requested by the Navy Army Federal Credit Union. The cost of the project is to be paid with 4B sales tax funds upon the recommendation of the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation board. The new facility is expected to create 10 new jobs.

— Award a contract for cleaning, painting and repairs to three elevated water storage tanks to Tank Pro Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Ala. The company won the contract with a low bid of $153,943. That was considerably below the $287,881 the city had budgeted for the job.
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