Project is among coal dock uses to be discussed at public informational meeting Oct. 16 in Port
On Tuesday night, the Port Washington Board of Public Works discussed a plan by the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to erect a World War II memorial on the coal dock.
While praising the groupâ€™s efforts to honor the veterans, Ald. Jim Vollmar, a member of the board, asked that some consideration be given to honoring veterans of other wars as well, perhaps with a reflection pool.
â€śWe should honor the sons and daughters of Port Washington who have died, made the ultimate sacrifice,â€ť he said.
Those comments were echoed by Ald. Paul Neumyer, a board member who said one of his constituents asked him how the city planned to remember other veterans.
â€śI think this (World War II memorial) is great, but we canâ€™t forget about the others,â€ť Neumyer said.
Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven recommended they express their feelings at a public informational meeting on the coal dock that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at City Hall.
A presentation on the current plans for the dock will be given at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdayâ€™s meeting is intended to update the public on plans for the coal dock and get ideas on possible future uses for the 17-acre parcel.
The city is currently constructing infrastructure on the dock, including paths through the interior of the dock, a promenade, lighting, parking areas, an access road and a bridge linking the north and south dock areas. That work is expected to be completed by mid-June, in time for a June 22 grand opening.
While the cityâ€™s master plan for the coal dock includes everything from a water feature to an interactive childrenâ€™s garden, those plans are not set in stone, Vanden Noven said.
â€śItâ€™s dynamic,â€ť he said. â€śWe want to hear from people how they want to see the park used and what they want to see there. Thereâ€™s a lot of potential there. What ideas do people have for the coal dock?
â€śDo they have interest in holding special events there? Do they want the childrenâ€™s garden? Should we tweak that idea or come up with a completely different concept?â€ť
By Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, however, a decision will likely have been made on the World War II memorial. The Plan Commission is expected to act on the site plan for the memorial during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
A special Common Council meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. Thursday to consider approving the location for the memorial.
Work on the project is expected to begin Friday, Oct. 12, to ensure the monument is ready for a planned Nov. 9 unveiling and dedication.