Two suggestions that were brought forth during the council meeting included approving the requests on an individual basis or creating a comprehensive list of possibilities such as park benches, trees or plaques that would be labeled as appropriate memorials.
“I think that would be good, on an individual basis that we approve and not have to put that on the staff to say yes or no,” Fourth Ward Alderman Randy Boonstra said.
Cannon added that he also had some other suggestions that he found while researching what other cities do but reiterated that setting some standards was something the city needs to investigate.
The number one thing he found that most cities abide by is that once a memorial reaches its lifespan that would end the city’s commitment to that memorial.
“All the policies I’ve seen is through the life of that piece of equipment,” he said. “If that equipment is a tree, if the tree dies or is struck by lightning, it gets removed and the memorial goes away at that point.”
While Monday’s discussion was only that, a discussion, and no formal action was taken, the City Council stressed that following up with a memorial policy is something it will continue to pursue in the near future.