Commissioner questions delay
by Abbie Bennett
Organizers with the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial in Mint Hill said this week they can’t move forward with construction until fountain plumbing work is complete.
Though organizers say they’re waiting on the plumbing company – H&H Plumbing in Mint Hill – a company employee told the Weekly that they’re waiting to hear from project organizers.
The lack of work in recent months was a topic of discussion at the Thursday, Sept. 27 Mint Hill commissioners meeting. Commissioner Tina Ross, who broached the subject, called the issue “kind of embarrassing.”
“It’s been months now we’ve been hearing ‘next week’ and it’s an eyesore out there,” she said.
Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said at the meeting he hadn’t heard any update about the plumbing issue and Town Manager Brian Welch said he’d left several messages for those involved but hadn’t heard back.
For some weeks, part of the fountain has remained in the center of the memorial, hidden by a protective covering.
Retired Col. Bill Reid, co-chairman of the memorial committee, said electrical work and landscaping, as well as installation of flags, handrails for handicap-accessible ramps and the fountain cannot be done until the plumbing is complete.
“When plumbing work (is) complete, some electrical work can be done,” Reid said. “(And the) $25,000 stainless-steel hand rails (have been) completed and (are) ready to install.”
Along with installation of the handrails, fountain, flags and other components of the memorial, a granite company was due to arrive in Mint Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to begin laying several hundred more pavers. Several granite markers for large donors are being delivered but will not be installed until a later, Reid said.
The memorial is still needs to raise about $200,000 to pay off two construction loans.
Reid said organizers area thankful for those who have donated so far but are hoping more Mint Hill-based businesses will help.
“Support from several Mint Hill contractors has been great and is appreciated,” Reid said. “To date, only four Mint Hill businesses have made a financial contribution, even though when finished, the memorial will belong to Mint Hill and will benefit Mint Hill citizens and businesses.”
Reid said he was not authorized to release the names of the Mint Hill companies that have contributed.
“Donations or purchase of pavers are still welcome,” he said.
For more information about the memorial or to donate, visit www.koreanwarmemorialnc.com.