Sunbury officials are hoping for a good turnout Saturday, Sept. 28 when the Gen. William S. Rosecrans statue is unveiled as the main attraction in an afternoon of special events honoring the Civil War general and Kingston Township native.
A parade at 2:30 p.m. will kick off the festivities, followed by the dedication of the statue on the Town Square at 3:30 p.m., Village Manager Dave Martin told Village Council members at their Sept. 18 meeting.
A dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry St., followed by a ball at Rosecrans Elementary School, 301 S Miller Drive.
Local Civil War re-enactors and history buffs are expected to be among those attending the various events, which will include cannons booming at night at the school.
“The statue will be placed on the boulder (base) either next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,” Martin said Sept. 18. “It will be covered with a parachute that will be pulled off at the dedication.”
The Rosecrans Headquarters, a committee of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society, raised more than $190,000 to have the 13-foot-high bronze statue sculpted by noted Zanesville artist Alan Cottrill.
A donated 54,000-pound, glacial granite boulder was set in place on the northwest side of the Town Square last year. That is the base for the 3,000-pound statue, which depicts Rosecrans astride his horse.
Rosecrans, a former U.S. Treasurer, is the only significant general from the Civil War without a statue erected in his honor, historical society members said.
The Rosecrans Headquarters, historical society and others spent several years working on details of the statue and raising money for the project.
Also at the Sept. 18 Village Council meeting, Scott Belcastro, a broker and energy consultant, gave an update on electricity savings for village-owned facilities this year. So far, he said, Sunbury has saved $19,000 over what it would have spent had it stayed with its former electricity supplier.
Sunbury entered into a two-year agreement with Belcastro and Border Energy Electricity Services Inc. in December 2012. Belcastro estimated at that time that there would be a savings of about $42,000 over the two years.
However, the results are better than expected.
“The good thing is, we’ve saved $19,000,” he told council. “I think we are tracking ahead” of estimates.
He now estimates a savings of about $28,000 in the first year of the contract.
Belcastro also brokered a deal for Border to supply electricity for all residents and businesses in the village who wanted to go with that company through an electricity aggregation process. The new rates started in February and Belcastro plans to present an update on those savings in either November or December.
Council members approved a motion to have Village Engineer Wes Hall pursue a grant and a loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission to help cover costs of the village’s 2014 road improvement project.
A $150,000 grant and $50,000 no-interest loan will be sought through the OPWC. Sunbury would kick in $100,000 if the application is approved. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 4, with grant and loan winners expected to be announced in January.
Sunbury was among 80 winners this year for funds used for road improvements.
Hall said the 2014 project is scaled back a little. He said preliminary plans are to do repair work and resurfacing on sections of Vernon and Granville streets next year. However, final road projects will be decided at the council’s Oct. 1 meeting.