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.
There will be 10 sections, including one each for those in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The other five are for police, firefighters, “Good Samaritans,” emergency responders and K-9 dogs.
A wooden trellis is to be erected over a boulder holding a memorial plaque at the entrance to the memorial area. Joe Prisaznuk, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout candidate and member of Troop 98 in Pendleton, plans to build the trellis for his Scout project.
Sammarco said the goal is to have a dedication for the memorial sometime in October. The committee is trying to obtain a grant from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation and may seek Niagara River Greenway funding.
The memorial committee is accepting donations now. Donations for the Fallen Heroes Memorial may be mailed or taken to the City Treasurer’s Office, One Locks Plaza, Lockport, NY 14094.
In the near future, people will be able to make donations online. People can visit the memorial’s website by clicking on the link, located on the city’s homepage, elockport.com.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.