Heights will build monument to honor fallen war vets
By Ben Walker
March 2, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- The City Council
unanimously passed a motion Tuesday to support the Lions
Club in an effort to erect a monument to the city's
war veterans who were killed in action.
Brian Anderson represented the Lions Club at the council
meeting. He said approval was received several years
ago for such a monument, but never reached fruition.
Anderson worked with Jack McFarland originally on the
project until McFarland died. "He passed away, we got
a little sidetracked and lost steam," Anderson said.
Anderson said he will submit an application for RAPZ
funds. These funds come from a RAPZ tax and can be given
to support recreation, arts, parks and zoos. The deadline
to apply for the funding is Friday. Anderson said they
should know by April 1 if the funding is approved and
if so, they expect dedication of the memorial in late
Financial support from the city has not been nailed
down and Councilman Bill Baker said he was reluctant
to reach any financial agreement in such a preliminary
The monument will potentially rest on public property
owned by the city near the city office building. Upkeep
of the monument may be similar to that of a like monument
in Providence for which upkeep is estimated at $200
"As we look around the valley, most of the cities
do have some kind of a monument," said Councilman Brent
Greenhalgh. He said such a monument would tell visitors
that River Heights cares about fallen veterans.
The monument would include the names of all the city's
fallen soldiers and leave room to add more names in
"Quite a bit of research went into compiling a complete
list of veterans a few years ago," Anderson said.
The council also approved the first ordinance of the
year, allowing the city to charge a reasonable fee to
those requesting public documents under the provisions
of the Government Records Access and Management Act
(GRAMA). City Recorder Shiela Lind said the fee would
cover costs of reproducing the requested documents and
would create a record of who requested what.
Mayor Todd Weston said the public should be able to
obtain minutes of a council meeting easily.
"The law does say 'as soon as is reasonably possible,'"
Weston said. "They should be very accessible to the
public and that's the way we want to keep it."
The council also approved new hours for the city office.
The office will additionally be open Fridays from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
It will also be open during the previous hours of Monday
through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.