Monday, May 2, 2016

WDT: Damaged Fountain in Limbo, Still....

      A lot of times when something is damaged and you get the insurance check, you keep the check and never make the repairs.  That's not something I would suggest in the case of the damaged fountain at Lachenauer Plaza. It was damaged when a motorist vaulted his pick up truck onto the traffic island on Court Street, and six months later there is no plan for the future of the monument.
Damaged Fountain
       Mayor Butler says he has never liked the aesthetics of the fountain which he considers out of place in Victorian downtown.
       No repairs have been made, although many of us had assumed that was happening over the winter.
       Maybe fountains, like statues, are passe. On the other hand, the fountain was symbolic of its era and with insurance money in hand, fixing it in time for nice weather may seem logical, even though the chattering class over at WTNY has suggested putting the fountain in front of City Hall instead. That would be expensive as building a setting for it would be more than merely repairing Lachenauer.
        This is dithering, and it's now clear summer will come with no fountain.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with the mayor it was ugly and the latest paint might be your taste but I personally thought it was horrible

Anonymous said...

Does it really need to be there? You have one on the square, The rust was showing through it because it wasn't "prepped" right..

Anonymous said...

I don't like it, but its not up the the mayor to unilaterally block it from being put back up. This is more likely the case of the city not doing the work because they are busy doing things like running concession stands and preparing reports on dog park options.

Anonymous said...

Give the check to one of the local well-heeled former military so they can erect another idol to celebrate Fort Drum.

Anonymous said...

Sell it for scrap metal , it is fugly .

Anonymous said...

The fountain was colored black so we could see the WATER! To have painted it in a kalaidescopic design was awful! The streaming water could have been illuminated. However, I hope that whenever I drove passed it other vehicle drivers were not looking too long as the drove by.

Anonymous said...

"Dithering" you say...never been much of that in the COW has there?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a group statue of the Athena and Shapiro award winners?

Anonymous said...

Sell it for scrap metal and put that money towards the park pool. The majority of city residents would agree.

Anonymous said...

It would have been a great place to put the self congratulatory monument the colonel had built to himself...er I mean the to the 10th mountain division, in the park. That way we wouldn't have a sullied park, and the monument would be where such monuments are traditionally and more tastefully erected.

Anonymous said...

Take that ugly reminder of the urban disaster days over to the new scrap yard on pearl street , What would look nice there is a 14' Northern Red Oak .

Anonymous said...

The rust showing on it was more likely due to the iron content in the water.
The drivers insurance should pick up the tab and there should be minimal cost to the city.
Repair it to original color and design (not that hideous modern art blue crap) and put it back.

Anonymous said...

5-2-16--@ 11:43 No the fountain was painted without any primer..

Anonymous said...

It's a project that should be put on hold till a high priced lawyer gets a chance to study it.

Anonymous said...

And then they put a bunch of benches behind a bunch of bushes in back of that fountain. The whole set-up needs to go. I always expected trouble to happen in that spot. Luckily, nothing has thus far.

Anonymous said...

10:40, great idea to sell it for scrap and put it towards the pool. With scrap metal hanging around.70/lb, the city would have about 700 bucks to put towards the pool!

Anonymous said...

10:59 is spot on about a nice tree. It shouldn't cost the city a thing as we can get one of the Rotary Clubs to plant it.
I also think 4 pm is correct about the attorney needing to study the situation. If the city wants to save a boat load of money from the budget, why do they continue to contract with Sly? Doesn't seem they are very interested in saving money at all, as I see him at every council meeting. I am guessing, none of it is donated time by the way.