Concerns raised about improvements to Washington Street monument

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WATERTOWN — Rande S. Richardson doesn’t think that planned improvements will be enough to protect the Flower Memorial monument on Washington Street from getting hit by vehicles in the future.

Mr. Richardson, who was chairman of a group involved with restoring the monument almost 20 years ago, is worried that the Gov. Roswell Pettibone Flower Memorial monument could be damaged once again from a vehicle.

Hit about a half-dozen times already in the past several years, the monument was most recently damaged on Nov. 28 when it was hit by a pickup truck, causing the monument to sustain scuff marks and two bollards had to be replaced.

The city is spending $100,000 from its $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative program to make improvements to prevent vehicles from crashing into the monument in the future.

In 2003, a group of residents volunteered to raise $120,000 to improve and restore the monument on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

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