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Mon May 31, 2004
Casper's 10 Commandments Plaza Comes in Over Budget
Laramie, Wy – The lone bid for a plaza in Casper that would display a Ten Commandments monument alongside monuments to five other historical documents has come in 106-thousand dollars over
And the bid from Andreen Hunt Construction did NOT include a
brook-like water feature the city had wanted for the plaza. That would bring the bid price up to 816-thousand dollars.
The city is now left with the decision of either adding to the 600-thousand-dollar budget for the plaza or delaying the project indefinitely.
The council expects to discuss the project June seventh.
The Ten Commandments monument has been in storage since last year, when it was removed from City Park after the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church threatened legal action against the city.
The council felt that a more secular display of the Ten Commandments would be more in line with the constitutional separation of church and state and would protect the city against
possible legal action.
Under the proposal, the Ten Commandments monument would be
displayed with monuments honoring the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution, Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact and Declaration of Independence.