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City Council approves contract for Fisher Fountain renovation

Fisher Fountain

The Hastings City Council unanimously approved a renovation contract for Fisher Rainbow Fountain at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday.

The contract was awarded to Farris Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $385,591.

The need for renovations was first presented to the Utility Advisory Board in October after several mechanical failures throughout 2020. The failures eventually caused the fountain to shut down early for the season last fall.

The Utilities Department outlined several issues with the fountain including a cracked fountain floor, corrosion on mechanical equipment, pump malfunction and other electrical issues.

Inside Fisher Fountain

The fence surrounding the fountain has been painted over several times to maintain its appearance, and the department recommended it be replaced with a maintenance-free fence material. The fence was also found to be too close to the water source given the electrical equipment that is attached to it.

The pump and other electrical equipment is currently accessed through a confined space underneath the fountain, making it dangerous to reach. The presence of chlorine vapors in the access room also poses a hazard. The department recommended moving the mechanical equipment out from under the fountain and into an existing utility building near the fountain, with added ventilation for the chlorine vapors.

The renovation will also include new security cameras to better protect the fountain from vandalism.

The project is expected to begin in February, with a goal to have the fountain operational by the Fourth of July holiday.

The funding for the project will come from the Utilities Administration budget.

Published Date: 01/12/2021

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