(Seguin) -- The city wants to bring the fountain in Central Park back to life. The popular fountain has been off for months, but the Seguin City Council on Tuesday approved $65,000 to be used to repair the fountain.
Parks and Recreation Director Jack Jones says there were several problems with the fountain even before its pump house was flooded out around the time of Hurricane Harvey. He says this money will allow all of the necessary repairs to take place.
"It's been down since August. Prior to Hurricane Harvey, we had issues. We actually had issues before that and you had foresight to approve $50,000 in the CIP (capital improvement project) budget, because it was becoming (a problem). We had duct tape and bungee cords, (and) those things weren't working very well down there. Then we had a valve go out on us and it flooded the vault and it caused some damage. But anyway we're going to get this whole thing back going again," said Jones.
As mentioned, the council had already set aside $50,000 for the repairs, but some additional funding was needed to cover the $65,545 estimate from the contractor, Progressive Commercial Aquatics. Jones says those funds, plus some additional funds from the city's insurance coverage will make the fountain as good as new again.
"We've got a good plan. We've got a good contractor that's going to do the work. He did a lot of the work over at the Wave Pool back when we had the bond election. He did two big sand filters (and) he's done some chemical controllers, and (it was some) really good work. So we anticipate once this work is done, hopefully we can not have to worry about it for another eight years, like we have for the past five years frankly. It's just a lot of things break down in that fountain, but this brings it back to life," said Jones.
Mayor Don Keil joked when reached this agenda item -- stating that people have really been questioning him about when the city was going to get the fountain up and running again. He says he's pleased that the repairs will soon be made and the fountain can be turned on and lit up in Central Park.