The City of Wood River will be placing signs soon recognizing it as a winner of the Governor's Hometown Award. The award is given to those who have contributed to their community's quality of life. This award recognizes the efforts to create the city's new Veteran's Memorial.
The black granite memorial is surrounded by flags and the monument itself is located in Central Park at the corner of Wood River Avenue and Eaton Avenue. Mayor Fred Ufert says the memorial was built at no cost to the taxpayer.
The Governor's Hometown Award has been presented continuously since 1983. In other city council business, approval was given to go ahead with a project to replace the current pumps servicing the water plant with Variable Flow Drive pumps, which will save the city money in the long run. The total cost is just shy of $38,000, of which $22,000 will be reimbursed through a grant, according to Public Services Director Steve Palen.