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Papillion orders removal of memorial

Posted: 5:54 PM, Apr 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-26 22:54:10Z

People come here to remember 22 year old Gregory Polinski who died in a car accident, but it's the same memorial the City of Papillion says may cause another accident.

It's a special place for family and friends to visit and remember a loved one.

"It's nice to be able to be reminded of how many people love him," said Cheyenne Anderson.

Anderson was Gregory Polinski's best friend.

"It's nice to see his face and be where he was," said Anderson.

Now after a year the City of Papillion is ordering the removal of the memorial near 72nd and Cedardale which has stirred up many opinions within the city.

"How sad would it be that your are here visiting the only place you know to visit and another accident happens and takes your life," said David Hellbusch.

Hellbusch says he rememebers the exact day it happened.

"When I first saw it, I was heading southbound before the police even arrived, and the car was down in the ditch on it's roof," said Hellbusch.

Hellbusch says although he feels for the family, it's a distraction for other drivers.

"On the side of the road is not a place to do that, that's what cemetery's are for," said Hellbusch.

Hellbusch says it's an even bigger problem for city workers.

"It's not easy for the ground crews to go through this and mow with big giant tractors, and try to maneuver around this, it's a pain in the butt," said Hellbusch.

Those for it say Polinski's memorial is a reminder for drivers about about the dangers on the road.

"It's a great remembrance for the family, but it also lets drivers know this is a dangerous spot so be careful," said Katherine Palmer.

Some say it's no different than a street sign or a billboard.

"If they are going to do something they should do it for all of them," said Jane Valerius.

Anderson says taking down this memorial also takes away the memories she has left of her best friend. 

"I think it's hurtful and selfish and disrespectful," said Anderson.