Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Metaphor for Something

   I was dropping Jet off for grooming and off in the distance behind a fence at Marble Street Park, lie the fountain that once stood on Lachenauer Square, named for Mayor William Lachenauer..  The fountain on this traffic island and park at the apex of Court and Arsenal Streets was felled by a drunken motorist last year and city officials have no plans to fix it.
    In deference to the former Mayor's memory, could we not leave it sitting on its side rusting in plain view of a new generation ?  Let's hope RPF doesn't get run over or he'll end up here too.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who is RFP? Do you mean RPF?

Jeff Graham said...

Good point. A touch of dyslexia.

Anonymous said...

Relax. The snow has barely melted and I'm sure the city will either put it back where it was or find a new spot. As for it "rusting" in the elements, the thing has been outside for the past 40 plus years. Do you think it should maybe be kept in a suite at the Hilton until it's placed somewhere? Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

2:39, where do you live that the snow is barely melted? the snow has been gone for weeks on end and they have been paving for a while now. Just like sweeping the streets, the city is dragging their feet on this statue. Get someone off their butt and get it done. If you want to change it later then change it later. Don't sit on it waiting for something better.

Anonymous said...

You are right 3:14. Lets just do something in a hurry and then pay more to move it( a fountain , not a statue, BTW) to a different place. You must be a fiscal planner!

Anonymous said...

I think it was divine intervention that caused that thing to be mowed down. Leave it where it is.

Anonymous said...

Oh no, its you who is right 8:23.
While we are at it, lets put off sweeping the streets until next year. They will just get dirty again. Same goes for plowing and mowing the lawns.
You are a fiscal genius and you should lend your expertise to the city. Tell them about all the money you save at home, just on soap and shampoo alone.

I would hate to see the city employees who are generally looking for something to do, take a day or two off from sitting on their butts and actually put the fountain back up.

Anonymous said...

I think it killed it's self. Ran out in front of the drunk guy.

Anonymous said...

Whether or not the resident art critics find this to be an attractive piece should not be a factor.
It is a piece of the City of Watertown's history and should be preserved as such. It would cost nothing more than an hour or two of labor to set this in an upright position up out of the dirt so later generations can have a say in the disposal.
Treating part of our history in this manner is disgraceful and it shows how little regard there is in the leadership and the various departments for items that the taxpayers have spent good money to buy.
Have we learned nothing from our experiences in the past of discarding what was thought at the time to have little or no value only to discover we through away a piece of our heritage?

Anonymous said...

One can only hope the joe butler pavilion doesn't get the same treatment in the future.

Anonymous said...

The fountain should be sitting down at the DPW garage getting touched up and ready for replacement. Why does Mayor Butler seem to go out of his way to start controversy?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps if the Brownville guy who got the council to make Armstrong place a one way street showed support for the fountain the council would replace it. After all, this council seems very interested in what non-resident / non- city taxpayers think.

Anonymous said...

5:37, we are later generation and majority think it's time to move that piece of art along. All of these token things named for former leaders...why not do something truly useful and create scolarships in their name? Something meaningful.

Anonymous said...

You would think the historical society would be interested in it. Maybe put in the yard there somewhere with a couple of benches.

Anonymous said...

4:00 yes... you do sound like the "what can you do for me" generation. Also equipped with disposable values.
At the risk of traumatizing you with some advice, how about if you want to go to college you earn that privilege and pay your own way.
Saving a piece of history is not a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Did that 1:12, how about you?