Subcommittee created to address Green Bay's cracked, inaccurate 9/11 monument
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A piece of the World Trade Center belongs to the city of Green Bay. But the monument surrounding that piece of history is falling apart.
And some of the airline information etched granite is inaccurate.
What to do with the monument, dedicated in 2005, has been left in the hands of those who make up the Green Bay Public Arts Commission.
On Wednesday, the commission decided to create a subcommittee to evaluate the condition of the structure and figure out removal costs.
The subcommittee will likely be made up of members from the police, fire, the Green Bay Public Works Department and Ald. Randy Scannell.
"Someone from the department of Public Works, we need an engineer to help assess the statue. Someone from the police department and the fire department because these were the services mostly impacted at 9/11, and also, in terms of repurposing it and perhaps making another statue/sculpture, it would probably go in one of those buildings," said Celestine Jeffreys, the Green Bay mayor's chief of staff.
Members of the subcommittee will be asked to figure out how much it will cost the city to remove the monument. But how to pay for the removal is still unclear.
"We really want to try to get this taken care of by winter because it's not going to probably, we probably need to take care of it before it goes through another winter," Jeffreys said.
When FOX 11 talked to Green Bay Ald. Chris Wery in February, he said it would cost $80,000 to repair the memorial as is, and $20,000 to remove it.
However, Jeffreys said, "We have a little bit of money but the Public Arts Commission only has $75,000 moving forward so we don't really have it in our budget. Depending on what happens, I'm not sure if, I don't know where that money would come from. We might have to fundraise especially for that."
She adds, the plan is to remove the monument before winter.
Another meeting, to address the structure, has been set for Aug. 23.
The Public Arts Commission would like to create a new monument in the future but that will likely take a few years because the commission is in charge of raising money for that plan.