Judge-Executive Wade White had asked Legion Post 68 to assist in developing the plaza plan, and the delegation of Legionnaires attended Thursday's meeting in support of the project.
White and the Post had planned to raise money to pay for the plaza by selling memorial bricks and advertising on four benches. But after White made the initial presentation showing graphic artist Wendy Parker's concept, Magistrate Steve Cruce moved "that we tighten our belts and pay for the whole thing."
Without hesitation, Magistrate Charles Ferguson seconded the motion.
"I'm very touched by the offer from the fiscal court," said one Legionnaire.
"Couldn't you use the money (from the brick sale) for the Legion?" Cruce asked, to which the audience broke into applause. "If it wasn't for you all, we wouldn't be here," Cruce added.
In adifferent matter, Sheriff Kent Murphy updated the court on the condition of Randy Reed, an Eddyville firefighter injured in a Wednesday blaze on Chestnut Street. Murphy indicated Reed was improving in an Evansville, Ind. hospital.
Rick Gill, Post 68 commander, said the Post would discuss what it can do to help the Reed family.
Doug Stone, former Post 68 commander and chairman of the Legion's baseball team, praised the court for providing an excellent playing field for the team.
"As a citizen, I'm very proud to have a place for American Legion baseball," Stone said. "I hope ... the court can put politics aside and maintain the park for the future. ... Several of our players have gone on to college, and that's what it's all about. ... That's why I do this."