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December 4, 2021

11/19/2021 2:19:00 PM
Survey on NB Veterans' Memorial open Dec. 10-Jan. 7

North Branch City Council accepted a two-pronged approach to collecting community input in an effort to come to a resolution on locating a veterans’ memorial in Central Park.  

During the North Branch council meeting November 9 City Administrator Renae Fry outlined a survey availability on-line and on Facebook, to be open from December 10 to January 7, and she will supervise a meeting of the public,  for a facilitated discussion on memorial location and design.  

The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,  at the large conference room in the Lakes Region EMS building.

The Veterans Memorial was proposed by the Beautification Association and the city Parks Trails & Open Space committee, to be in Central Park.  

City council, however, did not find consensus on using Central Park, when the project was discussed.  Questions were raised and left unanswered, like:
-The memorial may or may not deserve a place of more solitude.

-Activities in Central Park may detract from the solemnity and specialness of a veterans’ memorial.

-The memorial may impede traditional uses of the park like summer concerts, carnival set-up and other community events.

In an effort to bring in more input— council directed staff to generate more opportunities for the public and veterans and park users to have a say.

According to Fry’s outline  describing the park utilization survey (which will be written along with PTOS members) and the January community meeting, council should expect to see data tabulated for a memorial debate at its January 25 regular meeting.





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