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Mayor: Don’t knock splash pad, try it and enjoy


Hello, La Vernia citizens.

Well, the dog days of summer are upon us right now, and the 10-day stretch of 100+-degree weather we’ve recently had was brutal, but isn’t it great that we have a place to take the kiddos young and old to cool off at the park’s new splash pad water feature?

We took a beating from many on social media with various negative comments, but every time I drive by the park, there are always kids and families enjoying the splash pad. So, to those with all the negative comments, don’t knock it till you try it!

Staying with the park, this year alone, more than $250,000 has been invested by the La Vernia Parks Foundation, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and the city of La Vernia to make our park enjoyable for all. With that, we’re not done, as I’ve had preliminary discussion with citizens on the addition of swings that would be accessible by those in wheelchairs.

With these enhancements, and the commitment by the city council last year to add a dedicated employee to maintain the grounds, I hope you’re finding this centerpiece to our city a great place to exercise, cool off, or just unwind from the daily grind.

We are looking for La Vernia citizens to fill our Parks Advisory Board, so if you’re interested, please speak with Brittani at City Hall.

Also happening in the park, I hope you noticed the progress being made at the veterans memorial site. Hopefully, weather permitting, by the time the paper hits the stands, the concrete work for the base will be complete. You can contribute to the memorial several ways, but there is a fundraiser currently going on called the Guns & Diamonds Raffle with proceeds directly benefiting the veterans memorial. You can buy tickets at the La Vernia News office or online at LaVerniaHistory.com.

The drawing will be held Sept. 16 at The Den, but you don’t need to be present to win. Your support for this great project, which has been years in the making for our veterans, will be greatly appreciated.

Next is streets and roadways, and I know you’ve seen the Texas Department of Transportation work taking place on F.M. 775 and F.M. 1346. This week the city will be selecting the contractor to start on city-owned streets that are on this year’s schedule.

As I always say, construction is never a pretty sight and can be a huge inconvenience. It’s temporary, though, so please “pardon our dust” while we hope to make long-lasting improvements.

And since it’s August, just a reminder that school will be starting up soon, and there will be a new school-zone speed limit of 30 mph on F.M. 1346. So please remember, observe the school zones’ speed limits and no cell phone use in the school zones!

On a final note, La Vernia city employees, council members, and I wish to extend our deepest condolences to our esteemed colleague, Nannette Kilbey-Smith, for her loss. Mike will be missed, and we all are praying for you and your family. God bless you, Nannette.

If you have any questions about what I mentioned here or anything else going on in our city, you can reach me at City Hall. The phone number is 830-779-4541. If you would like to drop me an email, you can do so at mayor@lavernia-tex.gov.

Robert Gregory is the mayor of La Vernia

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