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La Vernia is newest Purple Heart City

La Vernia is newest Purple Heart City
CITY OF LA VERNIA Members of the La Vernia City Council and city employees gather with members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart June 8, as La Vernia is proclaimed a Purple Heart City, honoring those wounded in combat in service to our country.

La Vernia is a Purple Heart City.

The designation honors recipients of the Purple Heart, “é awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action,” according to purpleheart.org.

The La Vernia City Council approved a proclamation to name La Vernia a Purple Heart City during the June 8 council meeting.

There are several recipients of this award in the La Vernia area, and some attended the meeting, according to Mayor Robert Gregory. The award was established by our nation’s first president, George Washington, as the Badge of Military Merit.

Signs will be installed at the city’s entrances, and several parking spaces will be designated for Purple Heart recipients within the city, Gregory said.

Also during the meeting, the council confirmed several appointments.

Carol Lohse and Jeff Richter are the newest members of the La Vernia Planning & Zoning Commission, and Councilman Jay Hennette will serve as the council liaison to the commission. Hennette also was appointed to the La Vernia Municipal Development District.

Councilman Martin Poore will represent the city on the Canyon Regional Water Authority board.

A Park & Recreation Commission has yet to be seated, due to a lack of applicants. (See Parks & Recreation for more.)

In other business, the council:

¢Approved a contract for municipal court software, court collection services, and a NET data credit card service agreement, at a total cost of $10,800

¢Approved an engagement letter with Armstrong, Vaughan and Associates for audit services

¢Approved to invite bids for streets-maintenance projects; the city anticipates awarding a contract at its next meeting.

Council members also discussed a possible noise nuisance ordinance, and two citizens addressed the council regarding this, Gregory said. No action was taken, and the matter will be revisited in July.

Also tabled was an ordinance to limit fireworks within the city limits.

“Everyone agrees we need licensed pyrotechniccians to set off fireworks for public displays,” Gregory said. The city also is considering fireworks safe zones.

This also will be revisited next month.

Parks & Recreation

The city of La Vernia has established a Park & Recreation Commission, to advise the city on park conditions, amenities, and more.

The seven-member board has yet to be seated, however, due to a lack of applicants, according to City Administrator Yvonne Griffin.

The commission will comprise:

¢One representative each from the La Vernia Historical Association, La Vernia Little League, and the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce

¢A resident of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) ...one-half mile outside the city limits

¢Three (3) residents of the city of La Vernia.

The Little League has nominated Matt Brown as its representative, Griffin said. Appointees of the historical association and greater chamber do not have to be residents of the city or ETJ, she added.

Those interested can contact Griffin at 830-779-4541, or visit City Hall on Chihuahua Street for an application.

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