JUST IN: Belding to proceed with Vietnam War Memorial project


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 8:33 pm on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

BELDING — In a 3-2 vote this evening, the Belding City Council voted to allow construction of a Vietnam War Memorial to proceed — with conditions.

Following a recommendation from the city’s Planning Commission made Monday evening, council members allowed Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft to begin the initial stages of constructing the $160,000 monument, paid for by donations.

Craycraft originally dug the foundation for the monument on Sept. 14, but received a stop work order on Sept. 17 for failing to follow proper procedure for a construction project on city property.

The vote was approved with Councilman Jerry Lallo and Mayor Ron Gunderson opposed. They both stated they couldn’t support the project continuing in its current state due in part to a lack of engineering drawings having yet been submitted, as required by city ordinance.

Of the conditions to the approved construction, one states that construction cannot begin until “a full set of engineering drawings is completed.”

City Manager Bruce Brown said, however, that he would allow Craycraft to immediately continue work on the foundation of the monument, which Craycraft hopes to have poured with concrete and rebar before cold temperatures make it impossible to do so.

Brown added that engineering drawings would be necessary before Craycraft can continue any additional construction past the foundation.

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