Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Construction to start soon on VFW post

August 1, 2001

Timing and some wet weather have been obstacles for a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post home, but the structure should be up in VFW Park this fall.

Veteran Larry Meadows of Meadows Construction will lay the flooring and install the footing for the building when his business is able to tackle the project.

"We're behind," Meadows said. "When we had the ground-breaking ceremony, we had time to do it."

The ceremony occurred last fall, but needing a building permit and other paperwork put a hold on the project. When the VFW had the approval, the weather was too bad. Meadows hopes to start on the building's foundation in early September.

"We've got to get people loose and caught up and able to do it," he said.

Local VFW Post No. 9271 has generated roughly $20,000 for the project and continues to raise money.

VFW Commander Art Miller said that the post will have its annual concession stand at the Leavenworth County Fair next week to help raise money for the project.

"That's where a lot of money has come from," Miller said.

The post has also generated money by mowing the baseball and softball fields at the fairgrounds and the park near the high school. Donations for using shelters at VFW Park have also gone toward raising money.

Interior work on the new post home won't start until after winter begins. Miller said the objective is getting the building closed in for the winter. When completed, the post home will serve as a meeting room and a place for VFW functions such as pancake feeds. Miller said that the public could use the structure as well.

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