Councilman David Carabajal questioned the priority list, saying he thought the proposed skate park should have been given higher status because of the results of the public survey. However, he made the motion to approve the plan as presented at the council’s last meeting and Councilman John Fulghum seconded the motion.
Robert Gignac and Carolyn James both recommended placing improvements of Little League baseball and Pop Warner youth football facilities higher up on the list than the skate park.
“I’m good with the priority list,” Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez Jr. said.
Martinez has supported the economic development aspects of improving the baseball and football facilities because they can attract people to the city for athletic tournaments.
The mayor said the list calls for upgrades at Veterans Memorial Park and the Carlos Reyes B. Park within the first three years of the plan because that is where the baseball and football facilities currently are located.
Improvements to other parks, including the construction of a skate park, would come later. Martinez said construction of the skate park is still high on the list of projects.
Improvements like bike trails and a dog park were moved down the list.
City Manager Tom Ginter said the master plan must be postmarked no later than May 31 and be in the mail on its way to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offices in Austin for the city to be able to apply for state grant funds.
Then, the city must have its application for a TPWD grant in the mail by July 31.
Martinez is proposing that the city come up with $500,000 in surplus cash from the city’s general fund along with a $200,000 stipend in 4B sales tax funds from the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation and another $50,000 to be raised through donations and fund-raising events.
That could be used as matching funds for a possible $500,000 state grant to provide $1 million for park improvements.