Clear Lake City Council Votes On Veterans Memorial Project

Created: 08/04/2014 11:02 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- The fate of a controversial veterans memorial project in Clear Lake, IA, went before city leaders once again Monday night, and they made a somewhat conflicting decision.

In keeping with a recommendation by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, the Clear Lake City Council voted against putting the proposed memorial by the sea wall next to Clear Lake.

But they also voted to form a task force to choose a location, saying the sea wall is still up for consideration.

As ABC 6 has reported, the local VFW group wants to build a veterans memorial along the sea wall, saying it would give veterans a prominent place in the community.

But others say it's simply too busy of an area and wouldn't be appropriate for a memorial.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, it was standing room only, with dozens of people speaking up on both sides of the issue.

Everyone at the meeting said they support building a memorial, the only point of conflict is on the location.

Those in charge of the proposed project say they plan to keep pushing for the sea wall site.

“It's not going to impede us,” said Mike Nelson, commander of VFW Post #4868. “We're still going to go forward and our main thrust still is at the sea wall."

The approved task force will be made up of citizens, veterans, and local business owners, although on Monday night it was not clear when the task force could be formed or make any recommendations.

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