Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The budget for the Lockport Fallen Heroes Memorial is still in flux and it may be increasing significantly to $350,000.
At a meeting Tuesday, the committee in charge of making the memorial a reality saw up-to-date renderings of the memorial’s proposed design. Along with the renderings was a listing with estimated costs of each item that the Fallen Heroes Memorial will need.
According to the estimated budget, the project could come in two phases. Phase one includes excavation, pavers and a concrete pad, altogether costing $180,000. Sidewalks ($12,500), lights (12 at $5,000 each) and seating ($16,000) were among the more expensive items in phase one. The entire phase is listed at $350,000.
The second phase doesn’t have any concrete items, just a list of “wants.” Some are listed – including landscaping, a sign and installation, and an annual maintenance budget – with a $125,000 tab.
Initially, the memorial planning committee worked with a ballpark development figure of $150,000.
The numbers were always, and still are, subject to change, chairman Anthony Sammarco said. The planning process is fluid.
Currently, the memorial base would consist of a 100-by-100-foot concrete area around what is now a nonfunctioning fountain in the northwest corner of Outwater Park. The fountain would be moved a few feet to the west so that it lines up with an overlook on the escarpment. The move would improve the view of the fountain and the memorial by getting it out of the way of trees, city engineer Norman D. Allen said.
A new fountain will be purchased, said Phil Lange of Lange Enterprises, since it’s less costly than moving and repairing the old fountain. On the estimated budget, the fountain is listed as a $25,000 expense.
The memorial design includes panels to hold 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,” that is, people who lost their lives helping someone in peril.