Mike “Razzy” Dellefratte walked out of the Barrington Park and Recreation Commission meeting on Thursday night wearing a smile. The longtime resident had finally received approval from the town to construct a memorial to his family.
According to Mr. Dellefratte, members of his family have logged more than 175 years of service to the town, first in the Barrington Highway Department and then later with the Department of Public Works.
It was months ago that Mr. Dellefratte and his son, Michael, approached the town council with the request. They told council members they had attended prior park and recreation commission meetings and won the approval of that board. But some council members stopped short of endorsing a previous plan for the family’s memorial. The officials also questioned whether it was appropriate for the Dellefrattes to be seeking financial assistance with the project; the family initially wanted the town to cover approximately $5,000 in costs.
When the council failed to vote either in support or against the memorial, the town manager stepped in. He reviewed the plan and suggested alterations — in particular he recommended a scaled-down version of the original concept. The large circular layout with benches and small lights had been replaced by a single large stone carrying a simple engraving.
The Dellefrattes brought the new version to the park and recreation commission meeting on Thursday night. The commission members spent a few minutes discussing the size of the stone and which direction (north) the engraved side will face. Then they voted almost unanimously to approve the memorial. Ed McKinlay voted against the motion to approve. Earlier in the meeting he questioned why the council sent the issue back to the commission in the first place.
Mr. Dellefratte said he and some friends and family plan to begin work on the memorial within the next few weeks and he hopes to have the project completed by the end of July.