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Hagerstown council OKs $55,000 for garden club fountain

October 16, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council is considering whether to help the Hagerstown Garden Club pay a portion of the $89,000 cost to install a fountain in the center of the roundabout at Park Circle.

The council on Tuesday gave its preliminary approval to commit about $55,000 toward the project.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the garden club will pay $31,000 of the cost, and the remaining $3,000 will be donated by Antietam Tree.

If the council approves the project during a voting session later this month, the city would enter a memorandum of understanding with the garden club to establish the conditions of the fountain's installation and long-term maintenance.

The city, for example, would be responsible for paying the water and electric bills, and the garden club would replace "plant material that dies and maintain annual flowers," according to city documents.

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Tissue said the garden club will donate the fountain to the city. If everything goes well, Tissue said, construction could start in March and be finished by May.

City documents show that a metallurgist who inspected the fountain determined it was "lightweight, made of bronze with no underlying iron and has no signs of cracks. Some repairs have been welded at the base."

The fountain depicts four Greek muses, and there are "river names stamped on the fountain that are apparently rivers in France," according to documents.

Tissue said the fountain is valued at about $4,000.

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