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Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Committee moves forward

A month after the 10-year anniversary event of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Committee isn’t ready to rest.

The committee approved to adopt a design process timeline that committee member and memorial designer Dave Fergus presented Tuesday evening.

The plan calls to convene a new design committee that will include local landscape architects and a civil engineer. Next month the design sub-committee will review and prioritize comments already received from the first design draft.

The timeline includes meetings with the Bremerton Parks Commission and the Bremerton Public Safety and Parks Committee for public input before seeking a final design approval by the City Council at the end of December.

“I think it’s going to work,” Fergus said.

The memorial project is estimated at costing about $2 million and Fergus said he anticipates a vast majority will come in the form of in-kind donations such as concrete and other materials needed.

The committee has fundraised about $120,000 in which about $40,000 has gone toward expenses.

From a fundraiser of selling Seattle Mariners game tickets, the committee ended up at a loss rather than gaining funds.

Charity Sapp, a committee member involved with the fundraiser, said the loss was about $25.

The committee’s treasurer and director of operations resigned in August, but the committee is looking forward. Cheryl Stauff and Todd Best said their reasons for leaving the committee included a lack of communication, disorganization and inappropriate spending.

“Our goal is to address the issue and show that there is nothing unreasonable going on,” Ted Fry, the committee’s new treasurer said.

Fry said of the $40,000 that went toward expenses, about $20,000 went toward the transportation of the steal beams. He said he has accounted for 99 percent of the receipts for expenses.

“Our goal is to have 100 percent accounted for,” Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Roy Lusk said. Lusk is the Memorial Committee chair.

The committee did not file income tax reports for 2009 or 2010 and Fry said he is currently working to rectify the situation.

Aside from keeping in check on financial situations, the committee is ready to start up the design process again.

“The design we have is the foundation. There is room for change and improvement,” Fergus said.

 

Design Process Timeline

Nov. 17: 9/11 Memorial Committee Design Sub-Committee meeting

Nov. 22: Bremerton Parks Commission meeting — revised design presented

Dec. 6: 9/11 Memorial Committee meeting — approve revised design concept and construction budget

Dec. 7: Bremerton Public Safety and Parks Committee meeting — updated design presentation

Dec. 21: Bremerton City Council meeting — approve revised design

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