City scrutinizing park upkeep

Council debates Memorial Park condition, stench

Julye Keeble
Staff writer
A spirited discussion regarding park maintenance and how to combat the stench of the Leona River was initiated by Councilman Stephen Balke at the Tuesday meeting of the Uvalde City Council.
The meeting began at 6 p.m. at city hall.
Balke requested the discussion after an area resident contacted him about playground equipment and walking areas not being maintained at Uvalde Memorial Park, including safety hazards such as a large taped-off hole and an unpleasant odor wafting off the dammed up Leona River.
“We’re still talking about this maintenance fee,” Balke said. “We have to take care of what we’ve got before we add to it.”
Mayor Don McLaughlin asked about problems with city pumps intended to aerate the Leona River area of Uvalde Memorial Park.
City manager Vince DiPiazza said current pumps had never worked in any sustained manner, and lack of rain had contributed to an odor and algae/moss issue.
McLaughlin offered to help search for replacement pumps to aerate the stagnant water


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