This morning the Mercer County Board of Commissioners voted to change the name of the Chestnut Street Bridge in Grove City to the Staff Sergeant Shawn A. Graham Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The name was recommended by Grove City Borough Council, however it reqired county approval, as they are the owners of the bridge.
The vote was as follows:
- Brian Beader: Yes
- Ken Seamans: Yes
- Olivia Lazor: Abstain
The abstention by Lazor was an odd moment, as she gave no explanation for her vote, and no one asked why she voted that way. Abstentions are generally reserved for conflicts of interest. Lazor had previously indicated that she was against the name change.
The new bridge will feature a memorial walkway honoring veterans from Grove City who died during combat operations. Plaques will list the names of those who served.
The bridge is scheduled for completion in October of this year.
Media representatives from WKBN-TV (Youngstown, OH), The Allied News (Grove City), and the Slippery Rock/Grove City Eagle were on hand. Television coverage will be shown tonight at 6:00 and possibly at 11:00.