By Tech. Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Housing residents met with base leaders, Tierra Vista Communities management and multiple base agencies during a town hall meeting March 22.
The meeting was held in the brand new community center, which opened to the base populace earlier that day.
Held quarterly, the community town hall meetings allow housing residents to voice their concerns, suggest areas for improvement and learn about present and future programs being offered to the community.
“We need to be able to communicate so we can continue to make improvements to the community and give the residents the things they need and expect,” said Molly Corinne Markel, TVC community manager. “These town hall meetings allow us to do that.”
Topics discussed at the meeting included introductions of the management team, construction plans and updates, landscaping concerns, pool hours, school bus stops, Operational Readiness Inspection support and a new recycle program.
In the next few months, military housing residents in Colorado Springs will receive a RecycleBank account. Recycle bins will include identification tags, which will be scanned during pick up. The weight of the recyclables will then be recorded and converted into points by RecycleBank. The points can be used to “shop” for rewards from hundreds of businesses in more than 20 categories.
“By participating, our military families will save money and help save the planet at the same time,” said Ms. Markel.
After discussing new programs and plans for improvement to the community, Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander, spoke about the upcoming ORI and how the housing community might be affected.
“The important thing to remember is that we must be prepared to protect and defend this installation,” Colonel Monteith said. “So we ask for your patience and support during the upcoming inspection.”
The meeting closed with a question and answer session, where housing residents voiced their concerns and gave input on topics such as speed limits and traffic signals.
“I think that’s the great thing about these meetings,” said Senior Airman Joseph Zupke, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron. “I work with the stop lights so I could provide input on how they are going to work. The more people come out to offer input, the better our community will be.”