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The price of eternity? Around $500 a month

The gas used to fuel the eternal flame at the Pulaski County Courthouse may be costing the county more than $500 per month, a county official said Monday.
Robert Hiss, assistant county administrator, told Pulaski County Board of Supervisors he thinks the monthly gas bill for the memorial flame is in excess of $500 a month.
Hiss and County Administrator Peter Huber were updating the board on the county’s progress in having the memorial repaired.
In an emotional plea in June, local veteran George Rash asked that the county make it a priority to repair the memorial and see that the amount of flame is reduced to cut back on the cost to county taxpayers. He said the amount of gas feeding the flame is “using enough energy to heat five homes.”
Rash said only a small flame is needed.
Monday night, Huber said the current flame is the size it is to prevent storms from blowing it out. He said the county is looking into using a self-igniting flame that could be smaller and would re-ignite if blown out.
Huber said the county is working on getting the memorial repaired.
The stone that makes up the memorial has cracked over the years.
Hiss explained that the crack was the result of the flame heating the center portion of the rock, while the elements cooled the outer edges. He noted that insulation will have to be placed around the new flame to prevent the heating and cooling problems.
Hiss and Huber said the supervisors will need to decide whether they want to have the current memorial repaired or have a new or different memorial replace it.
Massie District Supervisor Frank Conner suggested the staff look into using a fake flame, such as a flickering bulb. He said he doesn’t want it to be something cheap looking though.
Conner said he doesn’t believe area veterans would want the see the memorial wasting energy and costing that much to operate.

The price of eternity? Around $500 a month

The gas used to fuel the eternal flame at the Pulaski County Courthouse may be costing the county more than $500 per month, a county official said Monday.
Robert Hiss, assistant county administrator, told Pulaski County Board of Supervisors he thinks the monthly gas bill for the memorial flame is in excess of $500 a month.
Hiss and County Administrator Peter Huber were updating the board on the county’s progress in having the memorial repaired.
In an emotional plea in June, local veteran George Rash asked that the county make it a priority to repair the memorial and see that the amount of flame is reduced to cut back on the cost to county taxpayers. He said the amount of gas feeding the flame is “using enough energy to heat five homes.”
Rash said only a small flame is needed.
Monday night, Huber said the current flame is the size it is to prevent storms from blowing it out. He said the county is looking into using a self-igniting flame that could be smaller and would re-ignite if blown out.
Huber said the county is working on getting the memorial repaired.
The stone that makes up the memorial has cracked over the years.
Hiss explained that the crack was the result of the flame heating the center portion of the rock, while the elements cooled the outer edges. He noted that insulation will have to be placed around the new flame to prevent the heating and cooling problems.
Hiss and Huber said the supervisors will need to decide whether they want to have the current memorial repaired or have a new or different memorial replace it.
Massie District Supervisor Frank Conner suggested the staff look into using a fake flame, such as a flickering bulb. He said he doesn’t want it to be something cheap looking though.
Conner said he doesn’t believe area veterans would want the see the memorial wasting energy and costing that much to operate.