The City of Evarts is getting ready to begin construction on a wall, tentatively titled the “Evarts Community Tribute Wall,” to give thanks to those who have helped the community in various ways.
Mayor Eddie Manning brought the matter up to the council during a meeting on Tuesday.
“We’re getting ready to start,” Manning told the council. “This is money that was actually approved a couple years ago and we’ve been waiting on the money to come through, and it has.”
Manning said council member Kevin Couch has put in a large amount of work in on the project and has some design ideas for the wall.
“It’s going to be on the slab beside the funeral home,” Manning said. “We’re going to make something real nice for the people that have dedicated service to our community.”
In an interview following the council meeting, Manning and Couch gave further details about the project.
“We applied for some coal severance money to do this project, I think it was in 2015,” Manning said. “It got put on a back burner for a while, but in 2016 they approved $10,000 for the project.”
According to Manning, the aim of the project is to honor those who have served their community.
“We wanted to do some sort of tribute wall inside the city of Evarts that would show our respect to people that have served in the military and people that have also served the community through volunteer work and other things.”
Manning said the wall will pay tribute to many different types of contributions.
“There are a lot of veterans in the county,” Couch said. “A lot of people have served, but we’ve only to one Medal of Honor winner, Carl Dodd from Cloverfork.”
Couch said the original idea was to honor Dodd, but after meeting families of other highly decorated veterans as well as people who had given a lot to the community, he thought of building a tribute wall for those who have served their community and country.
“We wanted to make it where if you tried to improve not just the city of Evarts, but the Cloverfork area,” Couch explained. “We’re still working out the particulars.”
Manning said the plan for construction included the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy.
“If we use the ChalleNGe Academy, they are going to have something they’re going to take with them that they helped do, and the city will be getting the labor kicked in,” Manning said. “It gives us more money to do more with and make things look better, and it gives them something they can say ‘I was a part of that.’”
The wall is to be built on a slab located near the train depot and Evarts Funeral Home.
Manning said the city is open to suggestions concerning the wall, and anyone interested in the project may contact Evarts City Hall at 606-837-2093.
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