The Korean War Memorial in Marion County is getting some support from White Hall officials.
Representatives from Fairmont's Economic Development Authority recently attended White Hall's Town Council meeting to request additional funding for the project. Council agreed to contribute funding from its hotel and motel tax to Phase 2, since the property itself is considered "recreation" and owned by the county.
The EDA said it's eager to continue work on the project.
"They already have the bricks and the limestone panels, which are huge and heavy. I'm looking at the labor costs to see if some apprentice laborers can do it. Until we get some of these costs lowered, it would be in the $65,000 range. We're moving along, and once we get better organized, we'll be able to reach these goals a lot quicker," said Charlie Reese of the EDA.
Reese said work to complete Phase 1 should begin this fall.Update:
The American Value Association has put Marion County officials over their fundraising goal to complete the current phase of the Korean War memorial. Treasurer Betty Oliverio and secretary Juanita Herron presented the organization's donation of $4,800 at Wednesday's commission meeting. Commissioners said they and the veterans are extremely grateful for the contribution,
Last month, the Marion County Commission agreed to give $5,000 towards the project.Veterans in attendance said they plan to hold a chicken roast next month to help with the cost.
Charlie Reese, the director of economic development, said it will take $10,000 to fund this phase of the project.
He's hoping half of that will come from county commission but has issued a challenge to the county's towns, cities, and service organizations to come up with the rest.
"The Marion Regional Development Corporation has already donated $500. South Fairmont Rotary is on board with it, they're doing to make a donation, same thing with the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Korean War veterans served us years ago, now it's time for people to serve them," said Reese.
Exact funding from commission will be announced at next week's meeting.
Organizers asked the county commission for $8,000 to pay for the next phase.
Some of that money might come from hotel and motel taxes throughout the county.
"Now we have limestone panels already fabricated and in storage, but we need that money to be able to take cranes and pick these panels up and put them in place," said Rick Hardman, Korean War Memorial Designer.
"We will step up to the plate to help with our share. We need the other parts of the county to step up to the plate, the city of Fairmont, since the memorial is in the city, White Hall and Pleasant Valley, and some of the other communities," said County Commission's, Butch Tennant.
Hardman plans to talk with city leaders about helping the project before the next commission meeting in two weeks.