On Thursday May 25th, the newly constructed Santa Clara Veterans Memorial Monument will be dedicated at the Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm and everyone is invited. This monument will be dedicated to the many veterans who have lived in Santa Clara since the community was settled that have served in the United States military. All branches of the military will be recognized by a series of flags surrounding three large natural stone monuments. Stone pavers will recognize the veterans individually and large stone monuments will recognize all veterans for their service and sacrifice for their country.
A volunteer committee has worked for many years to design the monument, find a suitable location, raise the necessary funds for construction and finally construct a memorial we hope all veterans, their families and all of the citizens of Santa Clara, past and present, will appreciate and enjoy for many generations to come. Kudos to committee members Councilman Ken Sizemore, Parks Director Brad Hays, Wade Roberts, Terri Rosenberg, Charlie Clayton, and Sarah Mathis Schulz. Thanks also to Rosenberg Associates Civil Engineers, Paul Lillywhite Stone, Kenworthy Monuments, Border States Lighting, Noal Hansen Rock Quarry, Randy Frei Concrete and the City Public Services Crew for their hard work and talents constructing the monument.
Stone pavers are still available for purchase and engraving, for more information contact Town Hall. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to visit the monument and remember all of the veterans who have lived in Santa Clara since the community was founded. Their service provided the opportunity for each of us to enjoy the freedoms we take for granted every day. This Memorial Day let’s celebrate their service and recognize them for their service.
In other news, Santa Clara Power was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Reliability from the American Public Power Association. The City Power Department significantly outperforms the electric industry national average for reliability. Hats off to the City Power Department Staff for their good work keeping the power on. Also, the street slurry seal project is underway and residents are reminded to be careful around construction equipment and pay attention to road closures and detours.
The City is working with Washington County and the BLM to identify a designated shooting range site in the South Hills that could be improved for all types of shooting sports. Shooting is very popular with residents in the area, but there are serious safety concerns with the large amount of mountain bikers, ATV use, hiking and other recreational activities also using the area. The City hopes to identify a site and improve the road to the shooting range in the near future. When the designated range is opened, shooting will be closed in the other areas in the South Hills and en-forced in accordance with City Ordinance.
May is also graduation time and summer is just around the corner. The City would like to congratulate the Class of 2017 and wish them all good luck and happiness in their future endeavors. These young people face a very challenging and exciting time ahead and I wish them the best. Until next month, stay safe Santa Clara.