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Stantonville makes plans for Veteran’s Memorial

During their regularly scheduled meeting last Monday evening at the Stantonville Civic Center, Mayor Larry Raines and Aldermen Ed McDaniel and Larry Russell voted to donate $1,000 from the town to the Ruritan club to build a Veteran’s Memorial. 

Early in the meeting the board made their way outside with Ken Salvack, treasurer of the local Ruritan club, who is heavily involved with the design, construction and funding for the memorial. 

Salvack showed board members where he had staked off the spot for the 20’ x 20’ memorial on the northeast side of the Civic Center. The 6-foot-plus upright stone will sit on 6’ x 2’ stone base. Both stones will be polished granite, and together will weigh in at approximately 5,000 pounds. 

Board members listened to Salvack’s plans, needs and ideas for the memorial and the grounds of the property in the immediate area, before all three voiced their approval. 

The board then discussed the possible need for some type of signage to prevent vandalism to the memorial before deciding to give the matter more thought. 

At this point board members discussed financing for the memorial. They announced that approximately $1,600 had been raised at the hamburger steak supper held Friday, May 13. This brought the total raised so far to around $3,000, which is thought to be about 25% of what will be needed to fund the project. 

Alderman Ed McDaniel then made the motion for the town to make a $1,000 donation to the fund, bringing the amount raised to $4,000. Alderman Larry Russell seconded the motion and the group unanimously approved the measure.  

The group also discussed the need to meet with Sammy Smith, local Modern Woodmen agent, about getting everything completed to get the application for $2,500 in matching funds from the organization sent in.

In other discussion the board discussed the ongoing issue of HUD grants that were thought to be a done deal but continue to be on hold and other various county political/financial issues before adjourning.

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