New Windsor considers sites for water fountain

September 06, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

NEW WINDSOR -- Again Wednesday night, the Town Council tabled the question of where to place the water fountain that stood on the corner of Main and High streets for nearly a century.

The 12-foot-tall fountain was nearly destroyed about six months ago when a tractor-trailer jumped a curb at the intersection and knocked it down. It has since been repaired and remains in storage, while officials and residents search for a safer site.

"It will not withstand another accident," said Robert DuVall, the welder who repaired it.

At the August meeting, Micki Smith, president of the town's Heritage Committee, gave the results of an informal survey on residents' wishes for its placement.

The survey said 57 people favored placing the fountain a few feet away from its original location, but at the same intersection; 33 wanted the fountain placed on a state-owned vacant lot at the corner of Main Street and Route 75; and eight suggested putting it on the front lawn of the United Methodist Church.

Since that survey, another tractor-trailer accidentally dumped a load of lumber on the church property, said Mayor James C. Carlisle.

Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman produced lists of about 240 residents who were not contacted in the survey, which she called "not comprehensive or complete."

"I don't mean to belittle the Heritage Committee in any way," she said. "They only contacted 104 people."

Tara Mayers, of the Public Information Office, will sketch the fountain in several proposed sites.

The council will review the sketches at its Oct. 7 session.

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