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Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen continues to move forward at City Hall

A view of graphic renderings provided to the city of Scottsdale earlier this year as the proposal for the salute to those who serve the Armed Forces moves through the municipal planning mechanism. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Scottsdale City Council considers memorial installation Monday

By Terrance Thornton | Digital Free Press

Scottsdale City Council is expected to enter into a donation agreement culminating in a monument recognizing the residents of the community who have lost their lives in service to the United States Armed Forces.

Maj. Jim Geiser of the United States Marine Corps. is the applicant of the project and hopes to bring the “Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen” to life and a part of Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in the heart of the community.

A part of the Aug. 22 consent agenda, Scottsdale City Council will consider the agreement about 5 p.m. at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

“The applicant’s proposal consists of constructing a new memorial monument within the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, east of the City’s Kiva building and adjacent to the existing Military Veterans Service Memorial,” said Scottsdale Assistant City Manager William B. Murphy in his report to City Council. “To promote a desirable relationship of between the existing Kiva building and Military Veterans Service Memorial, the proposed design incorporates a variety of consistent hardscape and landscape materials found within the vicinity of the proposed memorial and on the existing memorial.”

Each plinth a part of the installation incorporates shapes similar to the branches of the American military, Mr. Murphy reports.

“As of this time, the group is still finalizing its structure and, therefore, due to time sensitive construction issues, the council is being asked to approve the form of the agreement and authorize the city manager or designee to enter the agreement when the form of the organization is confirmed,” Mr. Murphy explained of the August agenda item.

“A donation agreement is anticipated to be entered into by the City of Scottsdale (city) and an organization named Scottsdale Memorial For The Fallen (donor), collectively, in order for the donor to construct and donate a memorial to be installed on the grounds of Scottsdale City Hall and the city is prepared to accept the donation of the memorial under the terms and conditions outlined.”

Mr. Murphy offered to City Council background on the proposal stating the Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed the application and voiced support at its April 15 meeting earlier this year. Also, the Development Review Board approved the design at its June 18 meeting.

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