Monday, September 12, 2016

Fountain to Return

   City Council reached a consensus to put the fountain back in Lachenauer Plaza ten months after a motorist knocked it over......Now the sculpture will come back from its perch on the ground on Marble Street...
    City staff could have fixed it when it was damaged, as Council never took action to do otherwise....Like if someone through a rock through a window at City Hall, it should be fixed.
     So by November the fountain will be back. No water till next year.
     Councilman Mark Walczyk was opposed to putting the 60s era fountain back in place.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Watertown....that's the way things get done with this council. Leadership on the 3rd floor seems to follow suit as well. Total disgrace.

Anonymous said...

If YOUR PUTTING THAT fountain BACK UP AT LEAST PUT IT BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL COLOR black ! Should have took it to that new scrap yard on pearl street and got a few bucks for it for scrap. Who wants that stupid reminder of urban (Destructive) renewal from the 60s.

Anonymous said...

I agree WITH random CAPS GUY. If it were not for those big stupid heads who brought us Urban Renewal...
...for a mere billion dollars or so, we could be demolishing those buildings today under the new asbestos and lead paint scam laws. Or better yet, for a mere $14 million per building, we could be rehab'ing them and putting low income apartments in all of them. Lord knows that there is no gentry within 300 miles willing to do any gentrification.

Anonymous said...

Do NOT put that colorful thing back at the fountain! The fountain was black so we could see the cascading water. It looked great. But what driver actually slows down enough to see the fountain in the first place? It might be a distraction hazard! Hmmmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

At least Walcyzk had the guts to go against pressure from you,who seems to be in love with that monstrosity,to have it replaced.It goes with nothing downtown,a multicolored piece of crap.

Anonymous said...

11:06, Hostility is very often a sign of sexual frustration. Perhaps you should pay a visit to the park.

While you are correct that the paint scheme approved for the fountain by council was in poor taste as it it was out of place, the one thing that looks worse is leaving it in the same condition as the when it was plowed into by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver.

Since the topic of leadership has come up of late, this is the perfect time to point out to you, the poor leadership on this issue. Good leaders make decisions, right, wrong or somewhere in between, in a timely manner. Military bureaucrats and government employees are accustomed to kicking the can down the road and blaming higher powers for not making the decision.

Butler has been at the helm since January and he wanted to change the fountain, he should have brought it up for vote and made the decision. Instead it sits until September and we get the same old fountain reap aired, only a year behind schedule while the eyesore sits there for all to see. Symbolic of the current city leadership. "No one moves and no one makes a mistake", is not always true.

Anonymous said...

341,where is there hostility?A simple critical statement and you read into,and publish a thesis on,your thoughts.I suggest YOU are the frustrated one on many fronts,because you go nuts on every thread on this blog.Maybe getcha your own blog,as it were.Your nutzo stuff has been noted over and over again on this forum.

Anonymous said...

Cudos to the council members for putting the water fountain back. For those of us who grew up and actually live here, it means a lot.

Anonymous said...

Walcyzk doesn't even live in Watertown, so what does he care?

Anonymous said...

8:27, neither does the city manager, what is your point? Don't you know why this just got some attention? Addison and Butler have been at their cottages all summer and barely made it into the "city". Now that summer is over and they are forced to return to send the kids back to school, they close up their cottages and return to the mundane details of life.
The fountain was the last thing on their minds. When you are drinking white wine and looking at the sunset from your deck, it is hard to remember the little details....

Anonymous said...


Strange you mention a broken window at City Hall. The inside window near the Sterling Street entrance was broken over 2 years ago by a prisoner who put his head through it. If you notice, the window was never replaced. Instead, the city re-directed the monies to other purposes and the hole remains. This is so typical of a city administration that just doesn't care. The window should have been replaced a long time ago.

The fountain is ugly and outdated. We should have just sold it for scrap. Lets hire a consultant to tell us what color we should paint it!!!!!

Anonymous said...

8:59am, the fountain is located at a major intersection with traffic lights and stopped traffic. If you've ever driven through the square, you'd know this hhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

WDT story say's Walcyzk wanted to put a pile of rocks on that site.
That's about as good as his suggestion for centro to take over citi bus. The latter of which, another WDT story debunked. You would have thought that someone with as much experience as Mr. Walcyzk has would have known that the county would have to be involved for approval. Come to think of it you would have thought the mayor, the city manager, city attorney, city assistant manager, DPW Dept. Head and Mr. Walcyzk would have known that before they went to to meet centro this.

Ray said...

It is just a kick in the butt that it took several weeks of outcry before they decided to make it happen. That has been the whole year so far. The voters ask, hear nothing, get real mad, nothing, and after outcry someone from the city answers. That is not a good system.

Anonymous said...

The downtown area has been built with a retro look in mind,nice light poles,etc,and now they are going to put that sixties style finger painting thing in?It is like having a living room furnished with expensive pieces,then plunk a green "pleather" sofa into the middle of it.

Anonymous said...

8:55, you are so right. Updating the square and putting that monstrosity back.

Ray, you're kind of like a 6'5" parrot. Whatever Jeff says you agree with. Think they should move that hunk of junk down to Pearl Street so you two can admire it together.

Watertown, city of the past.

Anonymous said...

Watertown City of the lost !