Monette Vetearn's Park committee look for donations

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Monette Veteran's Park Committee met in Monette City Hall Monday, July 18 to discuss park progress.

The committee decided to collect at least one third of the monument total prior to ordering the monument. The monument to be completed by McHaney Monuments Inc. is estimated at $66,000.

Centennial Bank has offered the use of a parking lot for a fund raising event. The Committee is looking into planning future events in order to raise funding for the monument and maintenance of the park. An auction was suggested as well. Members discussed a time and what may be necessary for such an event.

Nan Snider and Vickki Carroll, committee members, are in the process of composing a letter to be mailed to businesses and individuals concerning donations. Barbara Suber shared a donation of $250 has been made by Centennial Bank and more may be available in the future after the letter has been issued.

Other members offered to speak with Unico Bank and Bear State Bank for the possibility of donations.

As more names are added for etching on the monument, inquiries have been made about the possibility of family members listed together. The Committee originally planned to place names alphabetically. However, it was agreed that names will be located as requested by applicants.

The cost to include a name is currently $40, but may rise in the future.

Mayor Chub Qualls spoke on the possibility of a lot adjacent to the Veteran's Park location coming into possession of the city. Mayor Qualls has asked that contact be made with the owner. More information will be available in a future meeting.

A discussion involving concerns for the effectiveness of forms left at local businesses led the committee to consider other options. Members agreed to look into the use of social media and electronic communication in promotion of the park and addition of names.

The Committee wishes to clarify the park is not limited to veterans of the city of Monette. It was decided an ad with information concerning the park will be run in the Town Crier in an attempt to reach anyone wishing to include a name.

A letter with details of the park is also being prepared. The letter will include a form for name additions and an envelope bearing a return address.

A work day for the mail out is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, and will be followed by a Veteran's Park Committee meeting.

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