In a letter dated January 10, 2010 to the Mount Kisco Village Board, then-Chief Al Bueti of the Mount Kisco Fire Department introduced the idea of the construction of a 9/11 memorial in Mount Kisco before the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Mount Kisco Fire Department would raise funds through a 9/11 Memorial Committee and the memorial would be built at no cost to the Village, other than the necessary logistical and planning support. The Mount Kisco Fire Department would also obtain an artifact from the World Trade Center site for the memorial. The letter called for building the memorial between Village Hall and the library, where the water fountain is currently located.
The Village Board voted to authorize the Mount Kisco Fire Department to construct plans and renderings. Over the last six months, the Mount Kisco Fire Department has invested time and money into the project to create a set of plans. The Village should now do whatever is necessary to get this project moving and completed before the tenth anniversary in 2011.
While the Mount Kisco Fire Department requested to place the memorial in front of Village Hall, the area in front of Village Hall is congested and there may be better locations. One location is the near the Mount Kisco Justice Court. This location, however, does not get much foot traffic and the memorial may not get the attention it deserves. Another location is the north end of Kirby Plaza where the memorial would stand apart and augment the landscaping and clock tower in Kirby Plaza. That location may not have the electrical and water service needed for the memorial. Whatever location is decided, the decision should be made quickly to let the Mount Kisco Fire Department proceed. Comments on this article are welcomed and would help with the planning by the Village.