JUST IN: Belding Planning Commission reviews plea for Vietnam War Memorial

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 8:41 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BELDING — Halted with a stop work order last week to build his Vietnam Memorial monument, Denny Craycraft pleaded with members of the Belding Planning Commission on Tuesday evening to assist him in moving forward.

Craycraft, a Vietnam War veteran and resident of Eureka Township, claimed ignorance and apologized for not following proper procedure in attempting to have his monument built after excavating the monument’s foundation on city property.

Planning Commission Chairman Gary Knowlton informed Craycraft that although the concept of his monument may have previously been approved by the city council, no official site plans had been approved by the commission, as is required according to chapter 16 of the city’s zoning ordinance.

Knowlton made it clear that the planning commission is willing to work with Craycraft to see his monument come to fruition and advised Craycraft to meet with City Manager and Zoning Administrator Bruce Brown for a pre site plan conference.

Mayor Pro Tem and Commissioner Tom Jones said he would like to see the process expedited for Craycraft, to allow him to pour the concrete foundation before cold autumn temperatures made it impossible to do so.

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