Weatherford Democrat

May 14, 2013

Veterans park topic for council meeting


Weatherford Democrat

By BRIAN SMITH

The relocation of the Parker County Veterans Memorial is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

According to a staff report, a small tract of land at the corner of Eureka Street and Santa Fe Drive was designated in May 2011 for the future memorial. All costs for the memorial were to be paid by the American Legion Post 163 and VFW Post 4746. 

Since then, the American Legion and the VFW have joined forces with the local Gold Star Mothers to develop a larger memorial with additional features, and are requesting to move the site previously dedicated and build the memorial within Soldier Spring Park. 

City staff met with representatives from each group advising procedures of such request, and, as the site is host to a Texas Historical Marker, staff members spoke with officials with the Texas Historical Commission regarding possible modifications to the property. A site plan for the original Eureka Street location was submitted. However, modifications to that plan will be required for the Soldier Spring Park location.

If approved, the new location will be bordered by Moseley Drive and Thrush Avenue. The request was approved by the Parks and Recreation Board last month, stating that a site plan for the new location must be submitted and approved before any construction can begin.

Also for consideration on the agenda is the placement of a Larry Hagman statue in Heritage Park.

A committee has been working on getting the funding to recognize Hagman since his death late last year. Committee members are looking to have not only the statue but billboards and a street named after the actor.

City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said the committee is still trying to raise funds.

“If the council approves the measure, and I’m thinking they will, it will simply be allowing the statue to be placed there,” Blaisdell said. “The measure isn’t even site specific, which means it could be placed anywhere within the park.”

Prior to the 6:30 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall, a 5 p.m. work session is planned for discussion with Texas Gas Service company concerning a proposed rate hike. TGS officials spoke at the April 23 meeting and were asked to come back for a work session where they could provide further information.

If the rate hike is approved, it would mean an approximate 4.45 percent increase to the average residential customer.