The North Augusta City Council passed a resolution Feb. 18 to request local legislators to seek approval to move the monument honoring North Augusta residents killed in World Wars I and II from Calhoun Park to Wade Hampton Park.
The resolution states that the monument is better placed in Wade Hampton Park because of the nature of the monument and that the move would also increase the monument’s visibility.
Calhoun Park’s purpose is to honor the founders of North Augusta, and Wade Hampton Park is dedicated to honoring veterans.
Although municipalities have the liberty of choosing where a monument goes, once it is placed, relocations must receive approval through the South Carolina general assembly in accordance with Section 10-1-165 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.
The passed resolution approves to request Sen. Tom Young and Rep. Bill Hixon to seek actions to obtain permission for the proposed move.
Several members of American Legion Post 71 attended the city council meeting to express support for the resolution.
“The American Legion endorses this move because at the time that the monument was originally placed in Calhoun Park, Wade Hampton Park did not exist as a veterans’ park,” said Jerry Morin, the post’s commander, noting that the post believes that Wade Hampton Park is an appropriate location for the monument.
In other city council news, a resolution was also passed to authorize improvements to the Main Street alley between West and Georgia avenues.
The alley will be widened and the city’s sanitary sewer and water supply systems will be extended. The roadway improvements will cost $44,000 and will come from the street improvement fund. It will cost $6,000 for the utility extensions which will come from the utilities construction fund.