In efforts to ensure every Longview resident is counted next year, and to honor the city’s standouts, the City Council is poised to form two volunteer groups.
Mayor Andy Mack will ask colleagues on the council to create and appoint members to a Longview Walk of Stars Task Force at the council’s regular meeting today at City Hall.
Council members also will be asked by Mack to appoint people to serve on the Longview 2020 Complete Count Committee Task Force.
Over the past month, the mayor has expressed interest in developing a commemorative Walk of Stars downtown that recognizes “a diverse collection of individuals with a connection to Longview whose accomplishments have made a significant impact.”
The Complete Count Committee would be called to encourage full participation by Longview residents in the decennial census next year, Mack said.
Neither of the task forces would require city funding, he has said.
The City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today and will allow time for public comments. City Hall is at 300 W. Cotton St.
In other business, council members also will consider a $503,919 change order to the city’s contract with Ironhorse Unlimited Inc. of Malakoff.
Ironhorse is constructing the first phase of the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center under a contract initially valued at $2.017 million when it was approved April 26, 2018.
That same day, however, the city reduced the contract scope by $484,717 to meet available funding limits. Five months later, the city added $93,500 in work items to the project, and it added another $391,592 in work on March 28 — bringing the total contract cost back to $2.017 million.
Under the change order to be considered Thursday, Ironhorse crews would install trail lighting, more landscaping, stream improvements, fencing and a bathroom, with remaining funds to be used for parking, entry kiosks and a pavilion under Phase 2 construction, according to Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron.
Funds for the change order will come from a $24 million parks bond proposition approved by voters in November, in which $1.5 million was set aside for the arboretum.