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Work begins on repairs to Lockport veterans monument

Monday marked the start of another repair project at the marble monument in Lockport Veterans Park. The monument suffers from weather-related deterioration.

The 50-foot-high obelisk topped by a bronze statue was designed by Lockport artist A. Raphael Beck and erected in 1930 in remembrance of World War I. Other plaques commemorate subsequent wars.

An engineering study last year reported that pieces of stone and mortar were falling from the East Avenue monument. The silicone sealant applied to the marble steps around the base during the last repair project in 2004 no longer keeps water out of cracks.

On Oct. 4, with a $100,000 state grant in hand, the Lockport Common Council awarded a $70,337 repair contract to Modern Surface Solutions of the Town of Lockport.

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