At a meeting Tuesday, the Pendleton City Council will discuss dueling visions for a veterans memorial.
In November, Korean War vet Ken Garrett wrote to the city council to propose dedicating a bridge at Southeast Court Place to veterans and victims of war.
City manager Robb Corbett ran the idea past Veterans of Foreign Wars “Let ‘er Buck” Post 922, which came up with a different tribute.
VFW Post 922 commander Gary Ward wrote in a response to Corbett that Garrett’s idea was presented to members and drew no support.
Instead, the VFW would like to rename the section of Court Place that runs in front of the VFW hall to Veterans Way and erect a statue honoring veterans at the fountain near the intersection of Highway 11 and Southeast Court Avenue.
In a report to the city council, Corbett recommended that the council consider directing the arts committee to work with the VFW to create the memorial.
Corbett said the street renaming and Garrett’s idea will remain on the table as well.
The council has a packed agenda with several noteworthy items, including discussion on purchasing a $370,609 combo truck, amending uses in the central mixed use zone and declaring the 19 lots the city owns at Sunridge Estates surplus, a procedural move that allows the city sell them.