Following an earlier presentation by a single member of Hightstown’s Historic Preservation Commission, the borough council on November 7 unanimously approved a plan to string lights on the recently restored Soldiers Monument at Stockton Street and Rogers Avenue, a landmark in the heart of town.
Turns out the full preservation commission had actually rejected the idea; the other eight members have now resigned. And on Monday, amid an outcry from veterans and other critics, a borough councilwoman who planned to ask for a reconsideration of the plan fell ill an hour before a meeting of the body, which opted to go forward.
The monument is a 23-foot, Italian marble obelisk honoring 35 local Civil War casualties. Erected in 1875, it had never been properly cleaned (speaking of disrespect) until earlier this year.