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Chamber addresses park pavilion during midnight meeting


Chamber addresses park pavilion during midnight meeting
Vinyl lettering remains June 17 on a newly constructed pavilion in the Stockdale City Park. Questions about the signage arose during the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee.


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Wilson County News
June 26, 2013
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Disquiet over ‘silent donation’

STOCKDALE -- The Stockdale Chamber of Commerce, during a midnight meeting June 15, has taken steps to address community concerns that came to light during the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee June 13-15.

According to minutes of the meeting approved by email proxy and provided by the Chamber of Commerce, the directors discussed vinyl lettering on a recently constructed pavilion in the city park, proclaiming the structure was “Donated in memory of Steve and Ramona Lambeck.” The chamber minutes state the structure was “... given as a ‘silent donation’ with no memorial dedication at previous meeting or at council presentation.”

Controversy arose during the Jubilee when the lettering was covered with signs, which several people attempted to remove during the festivities. The directors elected not to remove the wording, but to proceed with signage to designate the pavilion’s purpose as a beverage vendor during the Jubilee weekend. Although the pavilion’s construction was approved by the Stockdale City Council, dedication for any reason had not been presented to, nor discussed or approved by, the council.

The Stockdale City Council, during its April 2 meeting, approved “... new capital improvements to the rodeo arena and the Stockdale City Park funded by the Stockdale Chamber of Commerce,” according to the minutes. During the same meeting, the council approved the dedication of the Central Park Baseball Field to the memory of Bryce Tomerlin. No other dedications were discussed.

After that meeting, Vernon Lambeck, who read about the project, approached City Manager Banks Akin to inquire about the pavilion. Akin confirmed to the Wilson County News on June 17 that he told Mr. Lambeck to contact chamber director Rick Rutland, the project’s chairman, with his inquiry. Akin said that Vernon Lambeck mentioned the donation in honor of the late Steve and Ramona Lambeck. However, this was not placed on a council agenda for consideration, Akin said. Dedications of city property, such as the pavilion, must receive council approval.

The chamber minutes from April 29 record Vernon Lambeck’s donation of an “auxiliary pavilion/drink stand” with no mention of a dedication for the structure.

The June 15 midnight chamber meeting minutes state Rutland “indicated no specific dedication had been made but indicated he had anticipated a future designation.”

One director requested the memorial signs not be removed pending “... a regular meeting ... to discuss further with city management and council.”

The chamber directors voted 7-1-1 to leave the sponsor signs in place through the Jubilee weekend.

In attendance: Directors Sherry Lambeck, Jesse Vela, Rick Rutland, Donna Skloss, Gennie Rangel, Jennifer Dillingham, Paul Darilek, Joshua Heimann, and Betty Soto; and guest Travis Dillingham.
 

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Stockdale citizen  
Stockdale, TX  
June 30, 2013 12:34am
 
I am deeply saddened by the recent events that took place at the Jubilee this year. NOT ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS were asked to vote! There are more then 9 members! There are several whose opinions were not taken into consideration. ... More ›

 
Compassionate citizen  
Stockdale  
June 27, 2013 8:02pm
 
What has happened to our community? A few months ago a terrible tragedy happened in the town of Stockdale that has divided the people who live here. It saddens me to see this happen. Granted there was a miscommunication in what ... More ›

 
Questionable  
Stockdale  
June 27, 2013 7:27pm
 
It was sad to hear that a few people willing to stand up for what they believe and question the dedication being covered were quickly thrown out of the Jubilee as per the president. Some of those concerned people dedicate their ... More ›

 
ashamed  
stockdale tx  
June 27, 2013 7:18pm
 
I think this whole thing is a disgrace. I can't believe that one person can have so much control. Come on Chamber and City stand up for what is right. If you can't keep your personal feelings out of it then it is time to get ... More ›

 
Another View  
Stockdale  
June 27, 2013 3:01pm
 
It is disappointing and humiliating to see such a lack of respect, and the insensitivity shown, by the city manager and the local Chamber of Commerce members. The whole issue of the dedication sign on the pavilion was a disgrace, ... More ›

 
Just Agirl  
June 27, 2013 2:20pm
 
First of all, I don't think it is necessary to address people that were trying to take a cheap beer sign off of the names of two people that were brutally murdered as hoodlums!! Matter of fact, I would be more apt to classify ... More ›

 
brahma fan  
stockdale  
June 27, 2013 2:01pm
 
and the second night all the "signage" was gone, a piece of cardboard was duct taped over each dedication portion on the pavilion covering it. it was handled ridiculously to put it nicely. what a sham, and the jubilee ... More ›

 
Antother Citizen  
Stockdale, TX  
June 27, 2013 11:38am
 
Well said u/k I agree with you this matter was not handled very well and it is a disgrace to ALL Family and Friends to cover such a dedication.

 
u/k  
wc  
June 27, 2013 9:05am
 
Interesting that the Watermelon Jubilee is supposed to be a Family Event for everyone to have fun, but yet two names of people who were close Friends and FAMILY to many of the Stockdale Community were disgraced and covered with ... More ›

 
POFPO  
Floresville  
June 27, 2013 5:36am
 
They were escorted out just like any other person who thinks he's above the law would have been. They're lucky they weren't carted off to jail. Watermelon Jubilee is supposed to be a family event for everyone to have fun, ... More ›

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