The pumps and hardware for the fountain on the northwest side of Kellogg Lake are beyond rebuilding and have to be replaced, but replacement options are proving very expensive.
That was Carthage Parks Department Director Alan Bull’s report to the City Council’s Public Services Committee on Monday.
Bull reported that parks employees and Carthage Water and Electric Plant employees had tried to start the pump at the beginning of the summer, but it was down and could not be started.
Bull said he sent the fountain’s pump and hardware to the manufacturer and they said it could not be rebuilt.
“It’s been rebuilt twice before and they said that’s about the limit for this kind of machinery,” Bull said. “The Esterly family donated that fountain many years ago and they’ve donated some money for maintenance, but it’s not enough to replace it from what I’ve found so far.”
Bull reported there was $4,200 available for fountain repairs, but the only estimate he had received so far to replace the fountain was about $15,000.
He said he’d check on other options and bring more information back to the committee.
In other business, Bull and City Administrator Tom Short said the city was working with the Dogwood Garden Club to apply for grant funding from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation to pay for renovating the four flower beds in Central Park.
The group presented plans earlier this year to pull out the current flowers, clean out the beds and install tall concrete pots.
Short said the group was working through some funding issues with help from the city.
The committee authorized Short and Bull to apply for Missouri Department of Transportation grant money to repair the sidewalk in front of Municipal Park.
Bull said he would work with Public Works Director Zeb Carney who was applying for funds for sidewalks in other parts of the city.