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  Memorial Manitenance Building Project

 

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Our Memorial Lawn maintenance equipment and Memorial Day Cross' were stored in a 8X10 shed (above) about two hundred yards from the Memorial.  The Memorial Grounds committee decided it was time for some improvement with a new maintenance building much closer to the Memorial.  With permission and encouragement from Ypsilanti Township we moved forward.  We reached out to some the same contractors who helped us add the parking spaces, ramp and sidewalk around the Memorial.  They were some of the same contractors who volunteered time and talent when our Memorial was built and dedicated in 1991. 

After they agreed to help, spring turned out to be very wet, causing delays in most construction projects around the state.  The footing could not be dug until 5 May. 

New Building

The new building will be 10 by 16 feet.  It will have an 8 foot wide garage door on the south end for the lawnmower.  It will have an access door on the east side as well.  The walls will be 12 feet high, to facilitate hanging storage of tools and equipment.  There will be a load-bearing ceiling above the garage area for seasonal and longer term storage items.  The building will have one sealed window in the north gable end to provide some natural light during daylight hours.  There will also be LED lighting throughout.  The electrical plan calls for enough 120 volt outlets to facilitate charging batteries for electrical equipment.  DTE installed the transformer on the utility pole to supply electrical power to the Memorial Maintenance building.  The transformer was paid for from donations to the project.  Our plan is to buy electric equipment for replacements of any gas equipment that reaches the end of its useful life.  There will also be outside access to power for lights and sound systems used during ceremonies at the Memorial. 

The building is what they call stick built, and will have steel siding and steel roof, to make it low maintenance and animal resistant.  We will do what we can to make the building bland looking, so that it does not draw the eye away from the memorial.  Eventually, we will hide the building behind arborvitae trees.  The main building was designed and will be built by Todd M. Johnson Construction Company, with labor being provided by Ken Moldovan, son of the Kenneth Moldovan, a VVA member who is remembered on our podium.  The township is going to let us continue to use our old shed for storage of crosses and retired flags and other items we rarely access.

We wanted water in the shed for watering plants, shrubs and the grounds, but also for cleaning the memorial and our tools and equipment.  Will Luker is designing the underground irrigation system and leading the way to finding donors of the equipment and labor needed to install the system.  With both electric and water, we will be able to power wash the sidewalks and easily rinse the Memorial.