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Gift should not have been rejected
The city council report from the September 12 issue omitted a major point.
The video tapes show that my statement of patience was prefaced by my caveat that as long as the restorative efforts were forthcoming I could be patient as historians have learned to be. I never said a word about abandoning restoration essentials. What City Manager Jones added was wishful thinking unless there is something unrealistic about my reluctance to lose both the project and the hard-earned $19,263.83.
I thank Mayor Deb Fader for her leadership toward getting the project approved. I thank Rep. Dean Urdahl for two letters of support and encouragement to council members. I also thank town board member Jim Ruether and others who volunteered services of various types.
In rejecting a large gift that did not fit its whims, council members forgot that a public office is a public trust. The state would never have deeded the monument site had the original council members held attitudes so contrary to the stipulations in the deed. Long-deferred maintenance has cut the park capacity to a fraction of what it was, with no place to sit and no toilet facilities. Is installation of a 10 by 10-foot prefabricated concrete toilet really beyond the competence of the council?