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October 16, 2013

Fallen Heroes Memorial budget, design approved

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The city’s Fallen Heroes Memorial has a basic design and a $150,000 budget.

Committee members approved both at a meeting Tuesday, while making clear that changes could be made. Chairman Anthony Sammarco said the design could be expanded as needed.

The design sketch shows a 100-by-100-foot area of concrete around what is now a nonfunctioning fountain in the northwest corner of Outwater Park. The design includes 20 panels for plaques bearing the names of Lockport residents or natives who died in military service, died in the line of duty as police officers or firefighters or were considered Good Samaritans.

Plaques will appear on both sides of 10 walls, five on the east side of the memorial and five on the west. Stone benches and an overhang will connect the panels. Three trestles would be placed in the back of the memorial and the area would have street lights, according to the sketch.

The design was drawn up by Phil Lange of Lange Enterprises and Norman D. Allen, city director of engineering and public works. Allen came up with a cost estimate of $148,875, but warned the committee the budget was put together in a hurry.

“We didn’t do due diligence,” he said.

That’s fine for now, according to Sammarco. The committee wants to get the project started and committee members are being asked how much money will be needed from donors.

“It’s a good number to start from,” he said.

Fundraising is expected to start after the Oct. 29 groundbreaking. So far, $250 has been donated for the memorial. Donations for the Fallen Heroes Memorial may be mailed or taken to the City Treasurer’s Office, One Locks Plaza, Lockport, NY 14094.

The committee is securing a supply of T-shirts that read “I support the Lockport Fallen Heroes Memorial” on the front. Those will be sold to raise money.

The memorial grew out of a request by Lockport High School 1983 classmates of Patricia Parete to name a park after the Lockport native and Buffalo police officer, who died Feb. 2 from injuries she suffered when she was shot while on duty seven years earlier.

The Common Council ultimately declined to name a park after one person, instead preferring to honor all of those Lockportians who died in the line of duty.

FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL GROUNDBREAKING • WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 • WHERE: Outwater Park • WHO: The event is open to the public

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.