WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In Wilmington we enjoy our historical artifacts, from Historic Downtown to the Battleship North Carolina. But recently ninety-year-old Kenan Memorial Fountain has become the center of public debate.
After seven accidents since 2001, some people in City Hall are questioning the long-term future of the fountain at 5th and Market Streets that has been around for nine decades.
Transportation Planning Manager Mike Kozlosky says that, "staff has been asked to identify options to help improve the visibility of the fountain at 5th and Market". After City Councilman Neil Anderson asked the city to look into ways to protect the fountain, Kozlosky came up with six options ranging from installing signage to raising pavement and improving the lighting. An extreme option would be to relocate the fountain to another part of the city.
Kozlosky also says, "our staff doesn't know how viable or how palatable the relocation of the fountain may be. It would be very difficult to relocate the fountain, however we are developing options and that is one that could be considered by council"
At the end of the day, the biggest issue the city is faced with is balancing safety with cost. According to Kozlosky, "there's no funding identified in the city's capital improvement program to make modifications at this location. Staff is developing a recommendation and once that recommendation has been developed we would also have to identify where any funds may come from to make the improvements at this intersection."