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Archive for June 2011
At the City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, Cindy Vees, Executive Director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, asked about plans for the renovation of the Four Freedoms Monument. The Commission discussed the condition of the monument at the workshop on June 7.
Prior to the June 14th meeting, the City Manager and Mayor/Commission met to discuss appropriate steps. These were presented to the Commission at the close of the meeting when Ms. Vees asked about the monument.
Plans include:  Initial assessment by Madison Marble & Granite Works, a local business;
 Review and suggestions by the Director of Community Development of the City of Madison;
 Technical assistance to the extent possible by the Bureau of Historic Preservation in the Florida Division of Historical
[4} Review of options available;
 Discussion of priority of repairs and/or renovation of Four Freedoms Statue by the Commission.
Mr. Hitchcock’s suggestions as well as Roy Smith’s comments have been excellent. The statue was originally designed for inside display. It was constructred primarilly out of concete. Several years ago Madison Marble & Granite Works made minor renovations at the request of Howell Waring who was the Executive Director of the Greater Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
The assessment of the monument is the first step. After the condition of the monument has been established professionally, alternative options will be presented. Private funding will be encouraged. Readers interested in
helping with renovation are encouraged to send a letter of support to:
Jim Catron, Mayor/Commissioner,
City of Madison
321 SW Rutledge Street
Madison, Fl 32340