At next week’s Gillette City Council Meeting the Memorial Bench and Tree Program will come before the council.
“The council will be considering a formal adoption of the Memorial Bench and Tree Program that was put forward initially by the Parks and Beautification Board. As you know the Parks and Beautification Board is made up of volunteer citizens who try to evaluate parks issues before they come to the City Council for formal approval.” ---- City Administrator, Carter Napier
The issue became controversial recently when City Councilman Kevin McGrath brought up his concern that statistics he’s seen have shown that memorializing individuals who die from suicide can add to the suicide rate.
“It was mentioned by one of our council people that he had some concern in regard to those who have passed as a result of suicide that potentially they should be reconsidered as memorial bench or tree recipient. He did suggest that that go back to the Parks and Beautification Board for their consideration as well. If in fact they wanted to alter their proposed policy accordingly.”---Napier
Napier said McGrath's concern did go back to the Parks and Beautification Board, but they decided not to make any alterations to the proposed program. There was no exclusion of suicide deaths added to the proposed program for the council to consider.
“And so therefore it will go forward to the council unaltered, if you will, from the original proposal that came out of the board initially.”---Napier
Monday night’s meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.