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Tonight's council agenda set

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council’s agenda for Tuesday’s workshop and regular agenda meeting. The workshop begins at 7 p.m., followed by the council meeting at 7:30. During the regular meeting, the city will sign a community covenant with the US Army.

Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council short city council workshop begins with colors and finishes relating to the new city hall building.

Council will also discuss approval of improvement projects to the golf course from Touchstone Golf. The projects include rebuilding tee boxes on holes 13 and 17 and adding a concrete expansion to the driving range.

Also during the workshop, council will discuss the historical committee’s recommendation to purchase high resolution images and to seek permissions to use images of Simeon West’s letters from The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and requesting authorization to purchase and install a wrought iron picket fence in Dow Park for the Mary W. Jackson and William Wilson Historical Cemetery.

It was discovered that handwritten letters from West, the founder of Deer Park, to sister and family, are in collection at UC-Berkeley. The cost is $33 per page plus a $12 service charge, and there are 26 pages of letters. The Historical Committee recommends having this complete at a cost not to exceed $1,500. Upon receipt, copies will be displayed in our museum cases, and given to the West family descendants when they visit Deer Park in July. The committee will also seek the Bancroft Library’s permission to display the letters.

Regarding the wrought iron fence, council granted approval for have this fence purchased and installed in February. However, the vendor will not conduct the work without receiving a deposit for 50 percent of the cost. It is the city’s policy to not pay for work until it has been completed. A new vendor was chosen at a price not to exceed $5,000.

The items relating to the golf course and historical committee are on the evening’s regular agenda.

During the regular meeting, council will take action on a resolution requesting members of the 85th Texas legislative session to support funding for the Texas Heritage Trails Program. This resolution expresses Deer Park’s support for the Texas Legislature to provide $2.5 million in funding for the Texas Heritage Trails Program. Upon passage, it will be distributed to Seneca McAdams, Executive Director of the Texas Independence Trail, as well as all State officials elected to represent Deer Park.

Council will also take action on moving the July 4 regular city council meeting to July 11 to accommodate the Independence Day holiday and amending the Fiscal Year 2016-17 classification scales.

During the regular meeting, council will also issue proclamations for Free the Captives Day, which recognizes an organization fighting teenage human trafficking and sexual exploitation; travel and tourism week, and a Community Covenant with the US Army. The City of Deer Park recently was approached by Army officials seeking its participation in this Covenant.

The Community Covenant is an initiative of the Secretary of the Army rolled out in 2008 to invite municipalities throughout America to demonstrate their support for Service Members and their families. Captain Tyrie Carroll, Sergeant First Class Adam Cataldi, and Sergeant First Class Adam Perkins will present Council with a Community Covenant certificate which requires Council’s signature.