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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Officials say that the Orchard City Centennial wall will have to be rebuilt on a new foundation. Tiles that were purchased will be restored to the new structure.

Orchard City's Centennial honor wall is going to have to be rebuilt.

The structure is crumbling from a lack of adequate foundation support. Adobe soils the structure is built on are likely contributing to the problem also.

There have been some attempts at repair to shore up the structure, which was built by contractors atop no more than a 4-inch-thick concrete walk with no additional footers or foundation. Attempts to fix the problem by adding underneath support have proven ineffective. The structure will be taken down and rebuilt from scratch with a proper foundation support, officials say.

The construction snafu resulted in settling almost immediately after the structure was completed. Cracks appeared in the wing walls that display the commemorative tiles. The tiles were purchased by town residents, businesses, and organizations, designating those institutions and people that have been a part of the town's history.

The tiles will be removed and replaced once the wall is reconstructed.

In business at its Sept. 9 meeting, the Orchard City Town Board dealt with the following matters:

• Trustees discussed removal of a non-functioning scoreboard from the Field of Dreams.

• It was reported there were three water leaks discovered in the Del Ray subdivision in a one-month period.

• Trustees heard a request from resident Allen Scheetz. He asked the trustees to buy window shades for his home to cut glare entering through front room windows; glare caused from sun reflection off of the metal roof of a town storage building constructed below his residence on Tank Hill.

He presented the town with a cost estimate to treat seven windows in his and his wife's home with glare blocking screening. He explained that the reflective glare entered not only the front room, but other rooms including the sewing room and the bedroom.

After some discussion with Scheetz, the trustees decided that it would not be appropriate to spend taxpayer money to fund improvements to a private residence. They noted that the town did not create the glare problem "on purpose," and also that country living with no zoning does provide benefits to residents as well.

The board voted five "nos" on buying window shades for the Scheetz's home. Trustee Craig Fuller was absent from the meeting.

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