City Accepts Veterans Memorial Commission Recommendation For Further Study

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The Grinnell City Council met in regular session Monday April 7th and accepted the recommendation of the Veterans Memorial Commission from their meeting on March 24, 2014 that the Grinnell Veterans’ Memorial Commission work to restore the Veterans’ Memorial Building to a minimally functional state with emphasis given to making the restrooms accessible to the public. Considerable discussion followed as what the follow up would be and who had the authority, the Commission or the City Council. The council wanted more time to study the recommendation and the time limit of 10 minutes for discussion that actually was 20 minutes ended.

Below is an excerpt from the minutes of March 24.

“Chairman Rose then presented the findings of the Grinnell Veterans’ Memorial Building Task Force. Rose summarized that recommendation as further investigating a veterans’ memorial that does not have a building. The Commission then received comments from those in attendance. The comments from those in attendance were very critical of any option other than some plan that utilizes the current building.

Bunnell made the motion and seconded by Adkins to reject the Grinnell Veterans’ Memorial Building Task Force recommendation. Bunnell, Adkins, and Downey voted in favor with Rose and Hotchkin voting in opposition. Motion carried. {Note: This is the first item that Hotchkin was in attendance to vote upon.}

Bunnell made the motion and seconded by Adkins that the Grinnell Veterans’ Memorial Commission work to restore the Veterans’ Memorial Building to a minimally functional state with emphasis given to making the restrooms accessible to the public. All ayes, motion carried.

On the motion above Bunnell discussed a broad outline for the improvements necessary to make the building minimally functional such as meeting the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act by making one restroom a unisex ADA compliant facility, floor coverings, no elevator, performing no work to the lower level, HVAC upgrades, and plumbing. Bunnell believes that the Veterans’ Memorial Commission could accomplish this work for approximately the same cost as building demolition estimated at $135,000-$150,000.”

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