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Veterans memorial proposed for new park

Plan includes naming bridges after 2 Chippewa Falls military vets

posted March 8, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Chris Vetter. bio | email

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Scott Sullivan wants to see a military memorial be erected in Chippewa Falls, ideally in a new park that is expected to be a large draw to the city.

“This is about those of you who have served,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan made a presentation Tuesday to the Chippewa Falls City Council about creating a “Living Military Veteran’s Memorial.”

Sullivan said he would like to see the memorial be placed in Chippewa Riverfront park, currently under construction on the north shore of the Chippewa River. There would be no taxpayer dollars going toward the memorial, he added.

“It connects the past sacrifice from the Civil War all the way up to the Gulf War,” Sullivan said.

He suggested naming the two bridges that cross the river the “Dennis B. Sullivan Memorial Bridge and the “Charles Mower Memorial Bridge,” in honor of two military veterans who were Chippewa Falls natives. It would include plaques that told the history of both men.

Sullivan also laid out plans for a park display that listed veterans of each war who are from Chippewa Falls, such as those who died in combat, those who served, and those who were injured in combat. He believes the memorial would be a draw to the city.

The council didn’t ask Sullivan any questions about the plan. Mayor Greg Hoffman was intrigued.

“We’ll take it under advisement and see where we go,” Hoffman said.

In other news

» The council directed engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson to apply for a stewardship grant from the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The grant would help pay for a restroom building in Chippewa Riverfront park.

The city is planning to begin the next phase of the park development this spring. The $2 million plan calls for adding an amphitheater and the bathroom building, with both structures to be completed in August or early September.

“It’s a pretty sizable building, in the $400,000 or $500,000 range,” city planner Jayson Smith said.

The city is hoping a grant could pay for about 50 percent of the building. Smith said the city will pay SEH $3,000 to write the grant and another $3,000 if the city successfully wins it.

» The council met in closed session on a proposed developer’s agreement for a project in the Lake Wissota Business Park. The company looking at coming to town hasn’t been publicly identified. The City Council has met with Chippewa County officials and the developer multiple times in recent months, but no agreement has been reached.

Contact: 715-723-0303, chris.vetter@ecpc.com