- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to support a proposed monument honoring those who serve in public safety.

The Daily Nonpareil (https://bit.ly/1QimW4z ) reports that the site would take a small portion of county land in Council Bluffs.

Supervisor Justin Schultz said the board’s vote stipulates that it will work with Council Bluffs officials when necessary, such as transferring the deed of the impacted land and adjusting lot lines if requested.

Council Bluffs resident Lloyd Marsh’s idea for the project drew $300,000 in financial support from two other local residents, Ron and Suzanne Mahoney.

Their money will be donated for Omaha sculptor John Lajba to create four life-sized bronze sculptures, including a highway patrolman and a female deputy sheriff. The two other statues will be of a police officer with a dog and a firefighter helping a child with an oxygen mask.

“I think it’s a great project, and what I love about it is that it will show our support for what they do,” Schultz said.

Supervisors Scott Belt and Melvyn Houser also expressed support for the project Thursday, but Supervisor Tom Hanafan, cautioned about adding tables and chairs that could make the area look too cluttered.

Plans for the plaza include adding benches, brickwork and trees.

Walsh said he hopes the project will be completed by the end of the year.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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