War memorial in ‘utter state of disrepair’

County earmarks $50,000 in 2019 budget to repair tribute to Ozaukee residents killed in battle after fundraising efforts fail to materialize

OZAUKEE COUNTY’S PROPOSED 2019 budget includes $50,000 to repair the War Memorial at the county Justice Center in Port Washington. The memorial includes tributes to county residents who served and died in the nation’s wars. Photos by Bill Schanen IV
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

The 2019 Ozaukee County budget includes a $50,000 line item to repair brick work at the War Memorial at the county Justice Center in Port Washington.

“It’s in an uttter state of disrepair,” county Administrator Jason Dzwinel told the county Public Works Committee in September.

Dzwinel said the matter had been tabled from last year’s budget. At the same time it was hoped  individuals or private groups, including veterans groups, would step forward to help fund the project.

But that support hadn’t materialized so Dzwinel said it was imperative to not wait any longer and move forward with repairs.

“The primary issue is that the brick wall that encloses the structure has fallen into disrepair,” Dzwinel said. “When the wall was constructed it included a wicking system to avoid water damage. Over the years the wicking system has failed and the brick work spalled. The wall is basically flaking away.

“Regardless of any coordination with our veteran’s groups it is time that the county steps up and addresses the brickwork as a basic structural and safety repair,” he said.

Ozaukee County Sheriff Jim Johnson has headed up the effort to involve veterans groups.

“It is important for us all to remember the sacrifices of those that have preserved our freedoms and the memorial is reflective of the community appreciation,” he said in an email.

Erected in 2001, the memorial consists of seven monuments to Ozaukee County residents who served in the Armed Forces and includes the names of 90 who died in America’s conflicts.

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