No question who is responsible for Memorial Home
If Mr. [Terry] Doran wants to solve problems, he needs to study details. And it is usually a good idea not to represent your solution until you've spent some time working on the question.
The Memorial Home has been a monument for almost 100 years, being dedicated in 1922. It was taken for granted and enjoyed by the public for its dedicated purpose until the late 1970s when the county, solely responsible for its ownership and maintenance, wanted to abandon the memorial. I was on City Council then. Reasonable minds prevailed and studied how to remake it as a community center.
The more recent history of the Memorial Home relates to the county again wanting to get rid of its responsibility by deeding the building, without reference to its public purpose, to the city under the last Republican administration. The city, then the owner, shut off utilities, including the boiler, and damaged the building.
I filed a lawsuit, in the public interest, against the county to preserve the memorial. I prevailed and created, by agreed order, the remedy that the memorial be a shared responsibility of the county and the city.
There is no "threat of a lawsuit" as Doran suggests in last Saturday's story ("Doran enters mayoral race as independent," Pharos-Tribune, June 8, 2019). There is no question, as the story reports Doran suggesting, "whether the city of the county has the responsibility to maintain the Memorial Home." There is already a court order that makes both public entities responsible. What are you talking about, Mr. Doran?
I, for the public, am a party to that lawsuit which solved a problem. I waited two years to see if the county would hold up its end of the bargain. And, when the county council failed to pay its share, I asked the court to enforce the prior agreed order to maintain the memorial and make it open to the public. The judge's decision in that matter is in the Court of Appeals in Indianapolis.
Mr. Doran's photo in front of the monument is not a solution to a problem created by the county.
Jim Brugh, Logansport