A Message From the Mayor February 2020

By Sara Post Meyer

Mayor City of Cuero

February is not only a month of lvoe but one of fun events…purse bingo, gospel brunch, and stock show! The City of Cuero welcomes Bob Seiferman to the office of Director of the Cuero Development Corporation as of Monday, Feb. 3. Stop by and say hi! Mr. Seiferman has worked extensively in the economic development world with similar small communities.

The City wishes Pat Kennedy best of luck in his retirement. The CDC Community Leaders’ Meeting hosts TX Rep. Geanie Morrison, Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the City Hall, 212 E. Main. All are welcome to hear Rep Morrison’s message of new laws recently passed and upcoming legislative actions. Work is almost complete in the parking lots along the railroad tracks in the Historic Downtown District.

The electric vehicle charging station should be installed soon; landscaping will be completed thanks to the generosity of Robert Oliver. The City plans to purchase the building housing the Carmona Barber shop to build a walkway from the RR parking lot to Main St. for people to shop, eat, or conduct business in Historic Downtown Cuero. At the Cuero Municipal Library, Lynn Mixon, Librarian, has IRS materials available for the public.

Also the Shutterbugs will be accepting photo entries on Wednesday, February 26 for their April show. Upcoming at the Golf Course will be the Jackpot Tournament February 22. Contact pro shop for more information. David Danish, Parks Dept Superintendent, stated that work will begin soon on a grant to help with funding new grass on the majority of #7 fairway. Many civic activities in February to enjoy include Cuero Wellness Center’s Heart & Sole Walk at Gobbler Stadium Saturday, Feb. 8 with registration at 8 a.m. and three-mile walk beginning at 9 a.m.

The Walk includes heart health information with blood pressure and blood sugar checks and of course, door prizes. Register at the Wellness Center or active.com. Come enjoy the new exhibit at the Cuero Heritage Museum and have Coffee with the Mayor, Tuesday, Feb. 11 hosted by the Museum, 124 E. Church St., from 9:30-10:30 a.m. City Staff will be available if citizens have questions.

Cuero Chamber of Commerce’s Designer Purse Bingo on Thursday, February 13, at the VFW Hall beginning at 5:30 with bingo at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Chamber, 210 E. Main, or 275.2112 for ticket information. The DeWitt County Boys & Girls Club will host their annual Gospel Brunch, Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 at The Venue on Church St. Contact B & G Club, 1015 E. Courthouse, or call 361.524.0005 for ticket information.

The City offices will be closed Monday, February 17 to observe Presidents Day. This holiday, celebrated the 3rd Monday of February, was established by the US Congress in recognition of George Washington’s birthday, but expanded after Lincoln’s death in 1864 to include both. In 1971 President Richard Nixon designated the 3rd Monday of February as Presidents Day to recognize all Presidents.

Visit the Cuero Public Library for many resources about many of the Presidents particularly: Ronald Reagan’s For the Record, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick, Washington by Ron Chernow, Memoirs by Harry S. Truman, Last of His Kind by Charles Robbins, John Adams by David McCullough, or First in His Class: Bill Clinton by David Maraniss, and many new ones. February is Black History Month. One of the more outstanding persons from Cuero is Leonard Roy Harmon, a posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross and first person of African- American descent after whom a Navy ship was named.

Mr. Harmon, born in Cuero in January, 1917, graduated from Daule High School. In 1939 Mr. Harmon enlisted in the US Navy and reported to the USS San Francisco in Oct. 1939 for duty. During the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942, the USS San Francisco was attacked by the Japanese for several days with nearly every officer on board killed. Mr. Harmon disregarded his own safety in helping to evacuate the wounded to a dressing station. He was killed while shielding a wounded shipmate from gunfire with his own body.

In May 1943, Secretary of the Navy Henry Knox announced a warship would be named in Harmon’s honor. In 1977 the DeWitt County Historical Commission and Texas Historical Commission placed a marker recognizing Harmon in Cuero Municipal Park adjacent to the flagpole in front of the Clubhouse. The Cuero City Council named the park street ‘Leonard Roy Harmon Drive’ shortly thereafter. Visit the Cuero Heritage Museum for more information about Mr. Harmon and his heroic deeds. We are grateful.

Cuero Livestock Show ribbon cutting on Saturday, February 29, at 10 a.m. at the Friar Ag Center, kicks off the week of activities culminating in the auction Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Plan to attend this show at the Friar Ag Center in the Municipal Park and give your support to the many students in 4-H and FFA who work diligently all year in preparation for this Show. Thanks also to parents and members of the Cuero Livestock Board for their support.

Businesses interested in remodeling their facades or expanding their business, the Cuero Development Corp. has grants available to help with those plans for those who qualify. Contact Bob Seiferman, Director, CDC, 275-8178.

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