Heights Hosts Eight Local Mayors for Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Event | Local News


HARKER HEIGHTS – The City of Harker Heights hosted the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership Environmental Ambassador Awards, a signature proclamation for Sustainable Environment Month and a Prairie Pocket Seed Propagation at Carl Levin Park on Thursday.

Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Chad R. Foster gave an opening address to a crowd of 100, followed by the presentation of the colors by the 3rd Color Guard Cavalry Regiment. The Copperas Cove High School Choir performed the national anthem.

Harker Heights Mayor Spencer H. Smith greeted the crowd which included partner mayors from Killeen, Gatesville, Copperas Cove, Nolanville, Salado, Belton, Lampasas and Fort Hood.

The highlight of the afternoon ceremony was the presentation of the 2022 Environmental Ambassadors Awards.

These people from their respective cities were recognized:

Nathan Garner-Copperas Cove

Major Kandice Hines-Fort Hood

Angie Wilson – Harker Heights

Yalondra Valderrama-Santana-Killeen

Colleen Smith-Fey – Lampasas Community Garden-Lampasas

After the presentations, the crowd was invited to come to Pocket Prairie for the signing of a proclamation by the nine mayors present declaring April Environmental Sustainability Month.

Mayor Smith also read a resolution celebrating the monarch butterfly.

Several residents participated in Prairie Pocket Seed Spreading and received Blackland Prairie Mix to disperse in an area in the northeast part of the park.

Smith said: “These seeds will produce flowers that will attract monarch butterflies and we’ve seen proof of that already.”

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