City makes donation for memorial

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


After hearing a presentation from Carol Horning regarding bringing a 9/11 travelling memorial to Washington for the county fair this year, the Washington City Council approved a donation of $250 cash for the memorial and agreed to absorb the cost of a police and fire department escort into Washington among other work.

Mayor Jaron Rosien made the recommendation for the city?s donation to the cost of bringing the memorial to Washington after hearing the presentation during the Jan. 16 meeting. He said that he was interested in helping Horning with the memorial, but that no money had been budgeted for the donation, so the council had to be responsible with the amount donated. The council members present all agreed the money should be given.

?I am very excited about this and I am really, really close to my goal,? Horning said during the meeting. ?They are coming.?

Horning had said during the previous meeting the traveling memorial only goes to state fairs. She said the cost to bring the memorial to the Washington County Fair this year is $10,000. Horning said 93 percent of the money for bringing the memorial to town goes to the Stephen Siller Foundation to build smart homes for catastrophically injured soldiers, with the remainder to be used for expenses. TIF any money over $10,000 is raised, it will go to area fire departments.

During discussion, council member Steve Gault said that he supported the donation and that in the future proceeds from the hotel/motel tax would be used for this kind of thing. The first money from the new tax will come to the city on June 15.

Horning said the memorial would be at the Washington County Fair on July 15, 16, and 17. Admission is free.

She said the tour would include two New York firefighters who could speak about the day of the attacks.

People wishing to contribute to the fund to bring the memorial to town can make checks out to the Washington County Fair Board and to be sure to include in the memo that it is for the Sept. 11 memorial exhibit. Checks can be sent to Horning at: 1770 Larch Ave., Wellman, Iowa, 52356.