Becky's contributions to Van Horn
IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE
For 30 years Becky directed the administration of all city affairs for five departments: Administration, Utilities/ Public Works, Library, Recreation (Golf, Pool, Parks and Recreation) and Convention Center/Visitor's Bureau. Aside from directing city affairs and representing the town on various local, regional and state boards and committees. She made it her personal concern to constantly improve the quality of life for the people of Van Horn, often working nights and weekends to do so.
30 years as city administrator
Becky wrote grants which paid for paving Van Horn’s dirt roads, upgrading the sewer system and upgrading the towns water system and ground storage tanks, providing a reliable and safe water supply for the people of Van Horn. Some of Becky’s major contributions to town facilities include Van Horn’s City Hall, the City County Library, Okey D. Lucas Municipal Park and the Convention Center. She also worked to build the city’s first low income housing project where she was able to contribute 35 homes to qualified families in Van Horn.
the city county library
Becky was instrumental in building the first City County Library. She wrote and administered the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funds grant for construction of new city-county library, the Meadows Foundation grant for construction and furnishings and the J. Frank Dobie grant for books. She served as an advisor to the Library Board, monitored construction progress and coordinated handicap accessibility through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Aside from getting the City County Library up and running she's also worked with library staff on various foundation grant proposals.
Okey D. Lucas municipal Park
Okey D. Lucas Municipal Park is one of the few outdoor recreational areas in Van Horn, TX. Becky applied for the TxDOT Enhancement grant together with local residents, Jeff McCoy and Steve Rouke. After obtaining the grant, Becky did the grant administration. The park was established in 2000 and includes a walking trail, picnic tables and is a popular tourist spot for bird watching. It is located directly across from City Hall and the Convention Center, two facilities which Becky also helped upgrade.