The fountain downtown is currently dismantled and will be gone for a few days as it is cleaned, repaired, and painted.
The city’s landscape manager Hank Patton and John Austin began disassembling the fountain Monday morning. The pair had to clean the inside of the fountain and collect all of the coins thrown in as wishes. A large bucket was quickly filling up with the pocket change and in the past $68 was removed from the fountain.
“We do this every few years,” said Patton.
The fountain is currently an off white, green-tinted color that Patton said was originally white. They will be repainting the fountain white again and needed to take the fountain apart to do it. The fountain also had to be cleaned and the sand in the sand filter needs to be replaced. They will also be repairing the fountain lights.
All of the maintenance should be finished by the end of the week.
“We should be done before the week is over. We are hoping to get it back up by the end of the week,” said Patton.