Burlington civic group gets ready for 2011 projects

Published 10:04 am Thursday, February 3, 2011

BURLINGTON — Expanding the veterans monument project is on the top of the agenda for the Concerned Citizens of Burlington as it firmed up plans for the New Year.

The civic organization met last week to prioritize projects for 2011.

“We have our monument there at the Burlington Commons to recognize those people in the Burlington area who died in combat,” according to Harriette Ramsey of the Concerned Citizens.

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Now the organization is selling engraved bricks to decorate a walkway around the black granite memorial. Bricks honoring veterans, living or dead, may be purchased for $100. On it can be listed the veteran’s name, branch of service and dates of service.

These will be placed in front of the monument.

On the side and back will be bricks honoring non-veterans. Bricks on the side cost $125 and for the ones at the back $100.

“It will go for the upkeep of the park,” Ramsey said.

The Concerned Citizens is also gearing up for the annual cleanup to be the weekend of April 1 and 2. This spring the group is joining forces with the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District and will be accepting tires as part of the cleanup.

The civic group started as a way to combat the flooding that hit many homes in the Burlington area. The first line of attack was to clean out the ditches. Then Lawrence County Commissioner George Patterson worked to get the addition of storm sewers in the area, now an ongoing project funded from grants.

“Then (the organization) expanded to community,” Ramsey said.

Concerned Citizens is always looking for new members and meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Sybene Senior Center.

“Everyone is welcome and any suggestions that they have like having certain speakers come to us, any input from the community, we’d be glad to have,” she said.