[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood 5-13-2009 by Ord. No. 3183. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Any and all requests for the dedication of any Village property, including buildings, streets, trees, benches and/or other Village property, shall be made in writing and filed with the Village Manager's office. Such written request must include at least the following information and supporting documentation:
The name of the person to be honored, hereinafter "honoree";
Written authorization to make such request from a family member of the honoree such as the most immediate living family member (i.e., spouse, parent, child, blood relative, next of kin) or, in the absence of any known living relations, attestation to the lack of any kin and a detailed description of the relationship of the person authorizing the request on the behalf of the honoree;
In the event the honoree is a member of a community organization or group, a written authorization from the president or executive of such group or organization must be provided with the dedication request.
The nature, extent and description of the Village property requested to be dedicated, and a detailed description of the type of remembrance requested;
Acknowledgment and agreement by the person(s) requesting the dedication that they will be responsible for the costs of replacement and installation of the remembrance if necessary; and
The estimated amount they will contribute to the dedication of the property.
Before a request for the dedication of a Village asset shall be considered by the Village Council, the following criteria must be met by the honoree(s) who is to be considered for such dedication:
Village employee. If the person(s) in whose name such dedication is requested is presently or formerly a Village employee, such person must have been employed for a minimum of 10 consecutive years and been in good standing at all times.
Volunteers. If the person in whose name the dedication is requested was a volunteer or noncompensated member of any Village board, committee, or other Village-sponsored organization, said person shall have served at least two terms in said position.
Others. Person(s) who have volunteered time or other valuable consideration to the Village whose name(s) is(are) requested to be honored by the dedication of Village property must have been or presently is(are) a resident of the Village and contributed to the Village in such a manner as to distinguish his or her contribution as an exceptional service to the Village and its residents.
The Village Council, in its sole discretion subject to no limitations or precedent, is the final authority to approve any requested dedication of Village property; and
The Village Council, in its sole discretion, with the assistance of any Village department director or staff deemed helpful by the Council, shall determine the suitable characteristics and placement of all dedicated property. Such determination shall include the exercise of its discretion as to, but is not limited to, location, size, shape, and the type of the property to be dedicated, the manner in which the dedication is to be displayed and the wording of such remembrance.
In the case of a dedication of a plaque, the standard specification shall be as follows:
Height. The top of the plaque shall be no more than 12 inches from the ground and shall be at an approximate thirty-two-and-one-half-degree angle of the ground.
Material: cast bronze or brass.
Dimensions: eight inches by four inches.
In the case of the dedication of any street sign, the standard specification shall be that the sign color shall be brown with white lettering and six inches by 30 inches in size.
In the case of the dedication of any tree, the standard specification shall be marked by a concrete block, 12 inches by 11 inches in size, set in the ground with a bronze or brass plaque measuring 10 inches by nine inches placed thereon.
In the case of the dedication of any bench, the standard specification of any bronze or brass plaque set thereon shall be three inches by four inches.
In the case of the dedication of any park or land area, the standard suggested type of material shall be concrete or stone or other suitable material as may be approved by the Village Council. In the case of a stone or concrete marker, the specifications shall be 12 inches by 11 inches in size set on the ground with a bronze or brass plaque measuring 10 inches by nine inches.
In the case of the dedication of any building, the standard specification of any markers to be placed on the building shall be a bronze or brass plaque measuring 18 inches by 24 inches.