Mount Sterling to raise money to build veterans monument

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Mount Sterling council member Heather Rice displays an artist's rendering of the veterans monument the village plans to build adjacent to its downtown gazebo. A fundraiser for the memorial is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13 at Mason Park.
Mount Sterling council member Heather Rice displays an artist's rendering of the veterans monument the village plans to build adjacent to its downtown gazebo. A fundraiser for the memorial is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13 at Mason Park.
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Proceeds from a fundraiser in Mount Sterling next month will go toward paying for a proposed veterans monument, village officials said Monday, Aug. 25.


Though the initial estimate for the project is $85,000, Mayor Charlie Neff feels that amount can be cut by nearly half to $45,000, he said during Monday’s regular village council meeting. The village will be funding the construction.


To start that process, the inaugural Monumental Run fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 in Mason Park, which is located on the west side of the village.


Council member Heather Rice, who chairs the event, said proceeds from the event will be used to fund the building of the monument.


Rice challenged other council members to take one for the team atop the platform of the dunk tank. Other amusements at the Monumental Run will be a poker run (with registration fee for driver and rider), bounce house, corn hole tournament (after the poker run), silent auction, music, food and more. Fliers are circulating with event information.


An artist’s rendering of the proposed monument was on display in council chambers.


In other business:


• The High Street improvement project will move ahead. Council approved the lowest bid for the project, $204,500, submitted by KMC/Darby Creek Excavation of Pickaway County.


Law director Mark Pitstick will draw up a resolution, which will be voted on at the council’s next meeting in September.


The project includes new curbs and gutters, storm sewer and catch basins and a new asphalt paving.


Work will be performed, beginning in mid-September, on High Street between Main and the CSX railroad tracks. The project is being funded through a grant from Ohio Public Works Commission with matching funds, approximately $33,000 from the village, said Joe Johnson, village administrator.


He said the project will be completed within 60 days of its start date.


• In his report, Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Dill said the nine “little kids” bikes he has picked up in the village remain “in custody.” He would like to return them to their rightful owners very soon. If they are not claimed, then they will be transported to London to the sheriff office’s property room.


• Council member Rebecca Burns thanked the village for prompt response to a request. She said complaints have arisen about excessive speed in village alleys. She said a child cycling in an alley near Clevenger Street was apparently nearly hit by an alleged speeding motorist.


Alleys are being posted with speed limit signs of 5 mph.


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.


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