Vets tribute committee reimburses city

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Nearly $64,000 paid back for concrete work

The Hardin County Veterans Tribute committee reimbursed Elizabethtown government Monday for concrete poured at the tribute site inside the Elizabethtown Nature Park.

The check, which was slightly less than $64,000, fulfills a promise made by the committee to pay the city back. Hawkins said no taxpayer money was spent on construction of the tribute. The committee asked the city to contract the concrete for the tribute so it would match the consistency and color of the materials used elsewhere in the park.

Committee member Gary Broadway, a local veteran, presented Mayor Tim Walker with a plaque thanking the city for its help.

The tribute opened to the public in November and committee members said they never visit the park without seeing visitors touring the grounds.

The group is within $7,000 to $10,000 of its $560,000 fundraising goal for construction and has allocated a new spot for 700 to 800 more bricks and pavers near the tribute.

Hawkins said the committee has received a few hundred orders and will place the first set of 200 or more bricks and pavers soon.

The committee plans to remain active through the middle part of the year, when it will start turning over the reins of the tribute to the city, Hawkins said.