Commission on Veterans AffairsMarch 16, 2022

Location: 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr, Room 1406, Austin, TX 78752 — original pdf

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr, Room 1406 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Christopher “Cam” Wilson – Paige Ellis (8) Speakers who register will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on February 16, 2022. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival b) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to correct or revert the park name “Veterans Pocket Park” to read “Veterans Park.” (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez. Jason Denny) c) Presentation by Amanda Rohlich, MPA, Business Process Consultant Sr., Food Policy Advisor, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) 3) NEW BUSINESS 4) STAFF UPDATES FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT a) Presentation by Glenn Towery, Event Consultant/Coordinator, Austin Veteran Arts (AVA) Festival, followed by discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council regarding fee waivers for AVAFEST 2022. Sponsors: Jimenez/Salazar NOTE: Next meeting is Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (Officer Elections) The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3203 or for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Veterans Commission, please contact Jonathan Babiak at 512-974- 3203 or visit