The walking path in La Vernia City Park has been approved by the city council.
Kevin Stanush with the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation presented a finalized plan to the council Oct. 13, which includes 25 light poles with LED lights to be installed along the walking trails in the park. Construction for the base of the lights will begin soon to avoid impacting the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting. Installation will begin after Christmas, with projected completion in January 2017.
The council also approved for the Greater La Vernia Parks Foundation to effect electrical improvements to enhance the tree lighting event.
Playground improvements also met with council approval.
“The playground was installed about 12 years ago,” Stanush said. “It has never needed any maintenance ... . But after 12 years, the mulch has now turned to soil.”
The foundation will take out the existing mulch and replace it. Stanush said the old mulch would make good garden soil.
Mayor Robert Gregory proposed taking the decayed mulch to the city yard for future use.
Council members also discussed creating a parks commission.
“The parks foundation is finishing up their projects and then will disassemble,” Gregory said. “I think we need to look at an advisory board to the city, comprised of citizens. ... The real trick to this is deciding if you make this the city limits only, or open it up more.”
Councilman Jennifer Moczygemba asked if the commission could include interested volunteers from outside the city, or if there were restrictions on who can serve.
“Your pool of people that would dearly love to serve are most likely going to be from outside the city limits,” Gregory responded.
Discussion included the number of commission members. This will be revisited at a future city council meeting.
In other business, the council:
•Approved to increase deposits to the Texas Municipal Retirement System by the employees of the city from 5 percent to 6 percent
•Heard a presentation by George Jones of Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 1 (La Vernia-area ESD) regarding the annexation of the Sutherland Springs and Kicaster areas into ESD No. 1 for fire service
•Heard an update on the city’s waterline project, which has experienced delays
•Heard an update on the street maintenance project, which has been delayed, due to the waterline project
•Heard an update that the water well project is projected for completion by November
•Called a special meeting for Oct. 25, to discuss and consider action on changes to the city’s waste-collection rates.