Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Memorial could beautify corner

Cinergy is allowing use of land

By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

ALEXANDRIA - City leaders plan to spruce up one of the main intersections with a public service memorial.

"It's for firefighters, police officers, military," said Councilman John Stein.

"It will be a monument to honor both those who have given their lives in the past and those currently in the field doing that work."

The monument will be built at the Cinergy substation on the corner of Ky. 10 and U.S. 27. Stein, an electric cable slicer for Cinergy, said citizens voiced concerns about having the substation at one of the city's main intersections.

The location of the substation was not something the city could control, Stein said, but he wanted to beautify the corner. He approached Cinergy using the Firefighter Memorial located on Sixth Street and Central Avenue in downtown Cincinnati as an example of what it could look like.

"We have granted them access to this parcel of property," said Kathy Meinke, Cinergy spokeswoman. "It's not a sale of the property. It's a 50-foot by 100-foot parcel.

"We're still pending drawings of the memorial to make sure there is no conflict with our equipment out there but it shouldn't be. It's an excellent community effort. We're glad to be a part of it."

Barb Weber, councilwoman and chair of the Alexandria Beautification Committee, said once the council approved the project, it was turned over to her.

She's not sure exactly what the monument will look like or how it will be funded.

"I know it's going to be a way for the city of Alexandria to show their appreciation to all the people who put their lives on the line," she said.

The committee plans to look at the property and meet with a landscaper once the weather breaks and decide what the monument should look like.

She said the group has considered a granite memorial or memorial bricks with names engraved on them.

She also wants to do landscaping - including a fence, benches, trees and lighting.

City employees and volunteers will build the memorial but funding for the materials has not yet been secured. Weber hopes that area businesses will make material and monetary donations.

"I'd love to see the memorial finished by the end of summer," she said. "That's my goal."

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