COLCHESTER — The committee of the whole on Monday spent a good deal of its time discussing details of the upcoming veterans rededication ceremony on May 27.
Alderwoman Catherine Louderman was absent.
The subject of the rededication was broached immediately by veteran Elvin Hodges, who spoke during public comment. Hodges is a member of the Colchester Community Connections organization, which is helping coordinate the event. He came to the meeting to request the street be blocked off for the event, and to confirm a building was reserved in case of rain.
Mike St. John will be the dedication keynote speaker this year. The prior year, St. John’s brother Steven St. John, spoke at the event. Hodges said he is hoping to have another relative as the keynote speaker for 2018.
The memorial was installed by the American Legion Post 6 and VFW Post 1921 along half of a city block at Fulton and Market streets. It was dedicated in May of 2007, and has been rededicated in the intervening years since.
“Actually, that land up there, in case you folks don’t know it, that land is actually the city’s,” he said, and added that a former Marine named Troy Aten has mowed the area since its installment in 2007.
He said the group is hoping to expand the memorial. “We’re looking at expansion. We only have 20 more brick spaces, and we’ve got 12 ordered for this coming year,” he said.
He plans to ask residents who attend the dedication what they’d like to do for the expansion. “That’s an oblong spot, so whenever we add to it, it could potentially be lopsided (without a plan),” he said.
The committee placed the street closure question on the agenda for the regular meeting.
They also voted to place on the agenda a related request by Argyle Bible Church Senior High and Middle School youth groups to set up a concession stand at the northwest corner of the intersection by the memorial on the same day.
The committee also discussed the $70,000 proposed Motor Fuel Tax resolution, which includes among other items 80 tons of patch, $10,000 for sidewalk replacement, $4,800 for ice control and $2,000 for signs.
Oil and chip will be minimal this year, Mayor Danny Bice said. Work to be done includes a strip down the middle of the road where the sewer project had previously taken place.
“We’re gonna have to put this out for bid,” he said. “So you’re gonna get about a third done for the money as what you usually would. But that’s the only way we can do it and have an engineer involved.” The MFT resolution will also be placed on the next regular meeting agenda.
The committee also discussed the 2017-18 budget, but did not have a final budget amount. Clerk Donna Wetzel said on Tuesday that this was because she needed to add additional park and tennis items, including $1,500 for the shelter house, among others.
Committee members also discussed paying employee Justin Weber and Wetzel for their unused vacation days. Weber has 77.43 unused hours and Wetzel has 122.10 unused hours.
The council’s regular meeting is the first Monday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 1.

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