Council To Vote On Veteran’s Park Monument

Completion of the new Veteran’s Memorial Park could take one more step toward becoming a reality Monday.

Jamestown City Council will hold its monthly voting session, with one resolution to approve the purchase of the monument and base cannon for Veteran’s Memorial Park. The monument will cost no more than $8,000 and the base cannon will not exceed $6,000.

In December, Ronald Cotten, Veteran’s Memorial Commission chairman, told The Post-Journal the park will consist of three stone circles joined by walkways. The largest circle, located in the center, was built around a flagpole that has the flag from the previous Veteran’s Park.

That park was near the intersection of East Third and East Second streets, near Jamestown High School. The first circle in the new park will have a Civil War cannon on display. The third circle will hold a veterans monument dedicated to all who have fought for their country.

The Veteran’s Memorial Commission is in the stretch run to accomplish their goal of raising close to $150,000 for the proposed Veteran’s Memorial Park. The park, which is located along Logan Avenue on the west side of Jamestown next to Third Street, will recognize all veteran organizations and honor all military personnel who served during U.S. conflicts and wars.

The cost for the monument and base cannon will be paid for by the Veteran’s Memorial Commission. To reach the fundraising goal, the Lenna Foundation will offer a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $20,000, to help the commission.

For more information on the fundraising or the park, contact Cotten at 664-0762. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is handling the tax-deductible donations toward the park. To find out more, visit www.crcfonline.org.

In other city council business; the group will vote on three bond resolutions. One of the bonds is for $400,915, which the city refinanced last year. The second bond is for $16,065.50, which was issued in October 1991. Anthony Dolce, City Council Ward 2 and Finance Committee chairman, said these two bonds represent the newest and oldest bonds the city has to pay. The third bond was for $7,431.25, which was issued in March 2006.