A distinguished crowd gathered in council chambers for last night's Cambridge City Council Committee meetings.
Most were on hand for an issue that was placed before the Legislative Committee regarding a memorial to a fallen hero. The Cambridge High School Class of 1961 decided that a visible monument to honor former classmate Carl Harbin was in order. Harbin was a Green Beret, classified as a member of the Army's Special Forces in Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for tending to wounded Vietnamese soldiers while under fire in 1966. A memorial bench has been proposed, that would sit in front of the new Cambridge Municipal Court Building. The Legislative Committee, although receptive to the proposal, tabled the matter to allow time to prepare an ordinance to help with planning for this and future proposed memorials or monuments on the Muni Court Lawn.
Cambridge Municipal Court Judge John Mark Nicholson, while is favor of honoring Harbin, was also pleased with the committee's idea of planning for future monuments in front of the Court. The Judge noted there will be others deserving of memorials and there is limited space, so the city does need to have a plan in place. Merle Whitis, a part of the class of 61' and a proponate of the memorial, spoke of his classmate's sacrifice for his country. Common Pleas Court Judge David A. Ellwood and Probate Court Judge Robert Moorehead - two more classmates of Harbins' - were in attendance as well, and voiced their support for the proposal.
In other business, the Legislative Committee approved a liquor permit for Unusual Junction. The new deli-style eatery plans to offer local wines and beer with their fare. Another location of Unusual Juction has been in business for 35 years near Coshocton. They are currently remodeling the former Attic Trunk and Swan's Sports Shop buildings on Wheeling Avenue. The committee also approved a Trex liquor permit for Rite Aid on Wheeling Avenue.
The Finance Committee met as well and approved the appropriation of a $455,000 grant for Safe Routes to School. A $24,400 reimbursement into the police salary line item for PERS was approved as well.