Southern Indiana County rejects COVID-19 memorial plans
Southern Indiana County rejects COVID-19 memorial plans

Southern Indiana County rejects COVID-19 memorial plans

JASPER, Ind. (AP) – A county in southern Indiana has dropped plans for a COVID-19 memorial on the courthouse lawn after county officials said they heard opposition to the project.

Dubois County commissioners voted 2-1 this past week to revoke the approval they gave in August for the memorial to be built with private donations to honor those who died of COVID-19 and frontline workers during the pandemic, It reported (Jasper) Herald.

Commissioner Chad Blessinger said he regretted that he voted to allow the memorial because of the community’s reaction since then.

Memorial Committee member Chris Waltz asked for time to complete the design for the planned circular bench memorial, saying it would not compete with the war memorials already in the courthouse area.

The State Department of Health has recorded at least 150 COVID-19 deaths in the largely rural county northeast of Evansville.

Commissioner Elmer Brames, who voted against revoking the approval of the memorial, said some people thought the courtyard lawn should be reserved for military memorials, but he believed the plot belonged to all residents.

“I think we need to put our differences aside and acknowledge those who also struggled through these tough times with this disease,” Brames said.

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