Council members and military veterans Paul James, Peter Mammana, and Matthew Dees voted to approve moving the WWI veterans plaque from the back of the War Monument to the front of the monument. Council President Dan DePaul joined us in approving the Resolution.
Councilmen Tom Nodoline and Robert Lewis were dissenting votes among the six councilmen that attended the meeting.
While Tom Nodoline offered no opinion during the discussion portion of the motion, Mr. Lewis appeared unhappy that the proposed Resolution wasn’t presented as a product of a Committee. He also broached the idea of a new plaque to replace the two existing plaques (WWI and WWII) for the monument that would cover all veterans of wars following the Borough’s incorporation in 1898.
When asked by me what we would do with the existing plaques, he said, “Hang them on the wall,” indicating the Council Chamber wall.
Mr. Lewis did not follow up with a separate motion for a replacement plaque, upon the conclusion of the vote on the Resolution to relocate the WWI plaque.
As this was only a Resolution, the cost of remounting the WWI plaque to the front of the monument will need to be approved by Council at a future meeting. The Resolution can be found HERE.