VIDEO: Unique view from the top of Butler County monument

Workers climb 100 feet above river to start restoration work on landmark.

Restoration work has started on a Butler County monument.

Click the video player above for a unique look from the top of the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneer monument in downtown Hamilton.

Earlier this month, Butler County awarded NR Lee Restoration a $360,900 contract for restoration of the monument.

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Artifacts and records housed in the monument's building are in peril due to its crumbling ceiling and other structural issues, officials have said.

The first phase had an estimated price tag of $471,778, plus $90,000 for scaffolding that would be up for six months, $157,480 for contingencies and $125,984 for general conditions, meaning what contractors may find beneath the surface.

The second phase was expected to cost $33,550 and included things like new storm windows over the stained glass and other windows and cleaning the bronze sculpture at the top. These items would be addressed in a three- to five-year time frame.

The third phase was estimated at $124,923 and would address aesthetics such as cleaning, replacing bird deterrents and other finishing touches.

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