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Location an issue for Veterans Memorial in Chatfield

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 27 meeting of the Chatfield City Council an appropriate location for a Veterans Memorial proposed by the Chatfield American Legion Club was discussed at length. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

Jerry Baudoin representing the Legion presented the latest proposal for the memorial. His proposal was to place it in City Park near the sidewalk in front of and between the cannon and the War Memorial. He said he came up with a circular design so there would be more room for pavers. The pavers are to be available for purchase and can be engraved.

Doug Rowland, who was not able to attend the meeting had spoken to City Clerk Joel Young. He said he would like to purchase two pavers and was in favor of the memorial. However, Rowland suggested it be placed in a private location, next to a small tank or some other military equipment. He didn’t think another memorial in the same general location was a good idea.

Councilor Dave Frank and other councilors noted they were not against the proposal for the Veterans Memorial, but were concerned that there wasn’t enough room for it to fit in City Park. There was a concern that it would make that area of the park look cluttered. Frank said the flag, cannon, War Memorial and visitors center were pretty well in proportion now.

Councilor Mike Urban was concerned that this was the third variation for the memorial offered in the past few months. Baudoin had previously suggested names of individual Chatfield veterans be engraved first starting with the Spanish American War, then starting with World War II, and now dropping the idea of engraving individual names of veterans all together.

Mayor Russ Smith, speaking as a veteran, explained he was always in favor of honoring veterans, but it has to be done right. He too was concerned that it would make it look congested in that location.

Councilor Robert Pederson suggested the library lawn. He noted that it would tie in with the library and space for parking is already there.

Councilor Ken Jacobson agreed, saying they were in favor of the concept, but they need to be careful where they place it. He asked why it couldn’t be placed across the street?

Baudoin said he liked the library location if it they decided it would be too congested in the park.

Frank said the Legion should find a location that could work and come back with a concrete design drawn to scale, so we can know exactly what it would look like. Baudoin was concerned about spending money for a design until he knew it would be approved.

Fran Novotny, commander of VFW, agreed that the City Park location was a problem. He said it needs to be along the highway somewhere so people can see it and sufficient space is needed where there is room for the number of pavers to grow. He suggested a joint venture with the Legion, VFW, and the city.

Urban suggested a task force be formed including members of the Legion, VFW, council, and the park and recreation committee. The issue was tabled with Pederson voting against.

Other Business Brief

•A public hearing to be held on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers was set. The hearing is on the proposed modification of Municipal Development District No. 2, the proposed approval of a related modified Development Program, the establishment of Tax Increment Financing District No. 2-5 and the adoption of the related TIF plan. A copy of the plan will be available at the clerk’s office at City Hall.

Mike Bubany, Drown and Associates, said the action is calling for the redevelopment of the Twiford Street area, public improvements to be installed by the city. Most of the costs will be covered by grants and special assessments.

•Jacobson reported on the Public Services committee. They had met with the fire department to discuss a remodel of its kitchen.

•The maintenance of the city’s float and a request to install bleachers at the horse area were discussed at the Park and Recreation committee.

•Tony Lammers credited Brian Burkholder for his work on the Wellhead Protection Program that has been recognized with an award. Lammers also said they have to turn off water service to some homes for a few hours at times to repair a water main break.

•Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be on September 16.

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