Council makes monumental decision

By Dean Shipley

June 10, 2014

The Mount Sterling village council on Monday evening made a monumental move.

It moved to support and facilitate the building of a veterans memorial on the area occupied by the gazebo on the corner of London and Main streets.

The decision was made following the discovery of a large bronze plaque, erected more than 80 years ago to honor Mount Sterling High School alumni who had served in the armed services during World War 1.

Chris Siscoe, library director, said the plaque was found some years ago in a closet in the building, which was once Mount Sterling High School, by the late Denny Morris. Siscoe said he and Mike Bergman carried the plaque, which stands 48 inches tall, to the museum.

Siscoe said he spoke to Mayor Charlie Neff who agreed building such a monument would be “a great community event.”

To research prior to the event, council member Heather Rice journeyed to New Straitsville in Hocking County where a similar monument has been built.

It’s comprised of granite blocks which measure 4 inches by 4 inches by 8 inches. The blocks would be inscribed with a veteran’s name and service information and secured by a donation to the project.

Cast brass plaques could be ordered for $100 on the first order. For subsequent orders, the price would go up to $128.50.

Rice also mentioned holding a fundraising concert.

A meeting to discuss the monument will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 12 in the town hall.

In other business, council approved the first reading of a resolution to enter into an agreement with New Cingular Wireless PCS to build and operate a cell phone tower.

In his report, Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Jack Dill reminded parents of the curfew for youth.

“We want parents to know kids need to be at home (before curfew),” Dill said.

The sheriff’s office has cited four youth in the village for curfew violations.

Curfew hours are 10 p.m. on weekdays at 11 p.m. and on weekends.

Mayor Neff reminded village residents of the clean-up day, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21. He said to wear work clothes, gloves and bring appropriate hand tools.

He also said the Community Center will hold its annual “Let Freedom Ring” celebration Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 with a parade on Saturday which will step off at 10 a.m.

Council also granted permission to residents of New Street to close off a portion of the street between Chestnut and Jefferson for a block party on July 18 and July 19.

Additionally, council heard from both sides about a gate apparently blocking an alley in the area of 100 W. Columbus Street. Bob Wilson said because it is an alley which provides access to the rear of his property, he feels the gate should be removed.

He said the issue of a gate goes back to 1986 when he said the village council agreed a gate should not be across the alley.

“Council and mayor agreed it is a public alley and should not have a gate,” Wilson said.

On the other side of the gate discussion is Bobi Little, who apparently installed the gate. He said it deters trash dumping, setting of fires and residents engaging in sexual activity in the area.

Little said she has letters from neighbors who like the gate.

Both parties claim to have made attempts to talk about it but remain at impasse.

Neff said he would refer the matter to the street committee “and get it solved one way or another.”

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.