McMinnville Urban Forestry and Public Works employees removed the downtown fountain early Monday morning. It could be gone for more than a month.
“We dismantled the fountain this morning,” landscape manager Hank Patton said Monday. “It will be cleaned and powder coated. Once it is finished, it will be placed back downtown.”
Powder coating is a technique of applying dry paint to a part. The final cured coating is the same as a two-pack wet paint. In normal wet painting such as house paints, the solids are in suspension in a liquid carrier, which must evaporate before the solid paint coating is produced.
In powder coating, the powdered paint may be applied by one of two techniques. The item is lowered into a fluidised bed of the powder or powdered paint is electrostatically charged and sprayed onto the part.
The process is complete once the newly powdered part is placed in an oven and the powder particles melt and coalesce to form a continuous film.
“We think it will be done around the first of March,” said Patton.
There will be one change made. Patton says the department is considering adding a color to the inside of the fountain’s main water basin.
“We’re thinking about making the inside of the basin a different color,” he said. “Currently, it is white. I don’t know what color it will be.”
After contacting Public Works, assistant director Brad Hennessee says the color will be black.
“We’re told by others with fountains that black helps control algae growth and improves the water quality,” Hennessee said. “That color will be inside the bottom part of the fountain where water sits. The rest of the fountain will be glossy white.”
The fountain is cleaned routinely by city employees or professionally cleaned.
“We don’t have a cleaning schedule,” said McMinnville Public Works “We go by the condition of the fountain in determining what should be done.”
Preservation of the fountain will be done by J&J Powder Coating and Fabrication in Warren County. Depending on the level of corrosion, the cost could range from $125 to $500.