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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.
Wilson County NewsJune 26, 2013 3,141 views 12 comments
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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