Members of the community gathered Monday to discuss further fundraising plans for the proposed Veterans Park and Museum.
County Mayor Randall Hutto told those in attendance that the park is “a great thing to do for our veterans.” He also commended Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash and Assistant Service Officer Carol Dedman for their work in helping the project become a reality.
“Bernie and Carol have done a tremendous job raising funds,” Hutto said. He added that Ash’s request to the county commission for additional funds was also notable.
“He and the County Commission have done a lot to help this project,” Hutto said.
The conversation then turned to obtaining bids for services and materials related to the park’s construction. Hutto said packets for anyone wishing to bid will be available at the courthouse from Jan. 6-16.
“Everybody that donates to the project must go through the bid process so that we have a written record of all donations,” Hutto said.
Construction on the Veteran’s Park will begin in February, according to Hutto, and the completion date for the park portion of the project will be May 26.
“The community has really come together to build this thing,” Hutto said.
A question was raised regarding the second and third phases of the project - the new Veterans Service Offices and the Veterans Museum that will be built on the same site as the park.
Commissioner Jerry McFarland asked if the new office space could be completed following the park portion and Ash said “I think we can. We’ve got a little more than $700,000, hopefully we will be able to build the office building too.
“Everything that we get donated pushes that $700,000 a little farther.”