City debates $20K park and rec idea

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

The $20,000 price tag to hire a consultant to prepare a parks and recreation plan earned ire from one city councilman but support from the mayor Tuesday when the topic was considered at city hall.

According to city staff, a formal parks and recreation plan is required in order to access state grant money and would be beneficial in future fundraising efforts. Council directed staff to solicit proposals for a consultant to develop the plan.

Texas Parks and Wildlife offers several grant opportunities with awards of tens of thousands of dollars that carry various matching requirements.

“We could do it in-house but it will take us longer, and we want to proceed with the mayor’s request to develop a parks and recreation fund,” said city manager Vince DiPiazza.

“What will they do?” asked Councilman Rogelio Muñoz.


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