Veterans MEMORIAL Park- “Faulty Memory”
July 31, 2013 at 11:11 am
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Part One \
We once again fast forward back in time to the late 1970″s early 1980″s when it seems after the “renaming of Washington Avenue Park- to Lorain Memorial Park ” .
Mr. Jack LaVriha, the associations he headed and the various affiliated organizations went back to the then city administration and the council to “fix up” the park.
ED NOTE: We are still searching for dialogue and correspondence from that era.
But according to the Plain Dealer article July 16th 1990 ( more later on that article)
How did we get to the Plain Dealer article of 1990- with Jack LaVirha -just 5 short years after hundreds of thousand of dollars were spent- calling the park
In 1983 the first “emergency ordinance” we have found so far states:
Not to exceed “$170.000
Full PDF file found here
The “news” paper trail starts here : Chronicle Telegram
and then a week later
NOTE: Somewhere in between 1966 renaming of Washington (Ave) Park to Lorain Memorial Park , the ordinance in January of 1983 still calls the park “Washington Park”- the September 13th newspaper account refers to the name as Veterans Memorial Park
So the question then begs to be answered when was the official name change???? May 22nd 1984 finds yet another article and more money?
PDF file of newspaper found here
MAY 22 1984
and then it starts to get interesting that amount of no more $170,000.00 is growing like topsy and the blame game starts :
From the Chronicle Telegram : June 26th 1984 PDF file found here JUNE 26 1984
City Council members are angered by the amount of time it has taken to rehabilitate the park, and also are discouraged with the Lorain Veterans Council for Civic Improvements, which originally said it would help finance construction. But according to Safety Director Anthony Murello, also a member of the veterans group, the council believed the city had the necessary funds for the completion. “We were led to believe by Frank Mason (former Community Development director) that we had all the money,” Murello said.
HE SAID that the veterans were told this during a public meeting in March 1983, adding that the meeting’s minutes can- not be found. Murello said the park’s condition should be blamed not only on the veterans, but also on the former City Council and Mason
ED Note Frank Mason was the Community Development Director during the early 1980’s due to the firing of Sanford Prudoff
July 3 1984: The Chronicle Telegram once again follows the story – PDF file found here JULY 3 1984
But Skimin believes Council was “had” by the Lorain Veterans’ Council for Civic Improvements, a group of men who originally said they would help finance the park. “I think it ought to stay there as some sort of monument of Council being gullible,” he said. “What we heard from them was not true.” Skimin believes that because council was “had” it should investigate why a promise “never came true.”
OTHER COUNCILMEN agreed with Skimin, saying they do not like to see so many federal dollars going toward a park with the veterans’ name on it. Ross was the only one who supported Skimin with a vote, saying “It should be called Block Grant or Community Development park.”
In May of 1985 yet more money was given to the park and to the Vets Council yet another $50 thousand
SO HOW IS THAT JUST 5 YEARS LATER IN THE PLAIN DEALER ARTICLE – JACK LAVIRHA AND THE VETERANS COUNCIL ARE CALLING THIS PARK THEY MANAGED TO GET “$500,000 OF IMPROVEMENTS FOR “BAD NEWS”
ED NOTE: Once again thanks has to go to Dan Brady for all the newspaper articles and to Nancy Greer ( Clerk of Council) for the ordinances and minutes
TO BE CONTINUED …………………
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