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Council approves $10K for new lighting around Kenan Memorial Fountain

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Council members also came up with a safety plan for the Kenan Memorial Fountain.

The council approved $10,000 for lighting to be installed around the structure. Several accidents have damaged the 90-year-old fountain at Market and Fifth Streets.

Councilman Kevin O'Grady said, “If we don't see that the conditions improve, then we'll have to consider other changes down there."

If the new lighting doesn't help, the council could consider installing signage, raising the pavement or relocating the fountain. It has been shut off since a car slammed into it in August.

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Alcoholics @ a downtown bar district

I'm all for preservation of the fountain...but lights and signs won't keep drunks from wrecking into it. Put money toward law enforcement and remove drunks from Market Street. It would make more sense to re-route the traffic altogether, return the fountain to its original size and glory, and let the intersection serve as a mini-plaza park.

The fountain isn't the real

The fountain isn't the real issue. The issue happens to be the drunks that keep hitting it. Unfortunately WPD has a pretty large DWI count for the streets of Wilmington, which actually is a larger issue than the fountain. This fountain just helps grab a few from time to time to help them out. Infact the last damages were from a drunk if I'm not mistaken. If anything needs to be helped it would be extra help to keep the drunks off the roads. Our LEO have their hands full. Our state statistics show it.

why would

O'Grady & Company think new lighting would help.

Put up a surrounding barrier made of telephone poles. They stop buffalo from roaming. Ought to work on cars, trucks & Transit buses.

Tom-

http://listmyevent.com/event/community/historical-cultural/kenan-memoria...

Description:

Given by Wilmington native William Kenan, Jr. as a memorial to his parents. The fountain was designed by Carrere & Hastings of New York.

This fountain is a place you can go to visit the rich history of Wilmington and also a place to take pictures as well. The fountain stands 24/7 and people drive by it daily.

The Kenan Memorial Fountain, located at the center of Fifth Avenue and Market Street, was given to the City of Wilmington by William Rand Kenan, Jr. in 1921 as a memorial to his parents. The fountain had a pool at street level until 1953 when the State Highway Commission suggested the fountain be moved. Rather than moving the fountain from its unique location, the City Council voted to reduce the size of the fountain, install spotlights and widen the street to two lanes.

On one of your tours in downtown Wilmington make sure you stop at this fountain and read about its rich history.
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"The fountain had a pool at street level until 1953 when the State Highway Commission suggested the fountain be moved. Rather than moving the fountain from its unique location, the City Council voted to reduce the size of the fountain, install spotlights and widen the street to two lanes."

Widen the street?
Install lights?
Reduce the size of the fountain?

All of this in 1953.
It's time to move the darned thing out of a major thorough fair. its 2012 for pete's sake - since 1921? I wonder how many horse and buggies hit it? Or maybe a few kids on bicycles hit it in 53.
But now? Thousands of cars per day?
Move it to Schoninger's property down town and call it the Dead Baseball Referendum Fountain of Tears and call it a day.

Vog

Careful

You may upset the historic preservationists with that kind of talk...

Lights: $10,000

"If the new lighting doesn't help, the council could consider installing signage,..."

Let's see...O'Spendy-Grady votes to spend $10,000. But...if that doesn't work, they'll spend a lot less and install signs. Anyone else see a problem here?

5th street fountain

Would it be less expensive to merge to one lane for the brief distance? Will the lights be at risk for damage? How many incidents have been caused by sober drivers? 10,000 bucks is a lot of money. I have passed this fountain many time with no problem. If it isn't functioning, why keep it? Ever driven in DC? This is a ridiculous waste of tax money.