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Historic fountain being restored, not destroyed, as feared by some

Monday, August 22, 2005



Do you know where the McNutt Fountain is?

It's the little brick fountain that stands out front of City Hall next to National Avenue.

Area residents have voiced concern about the future of the fountain when they noticed city workers place cones around the base.

"Let me assure area residents that we are not removing the fountain in front of City Hall," Mayor Tom Arthur said. "The city employees are in the process of restoring it to its original state."

The concrete base around the fountain is being replaced by city workers so that John and John General Contractors, who donated the handrail materials, can install new handrails. The fountain will become operational after the city water department re-installs the "head" of the fountain next spring.

"Children and adults will be able to use the fountain as they did in earlier years once the restoration is complete," he said.

Arthur has done a significant amount of research on the history of the fountain and the man that donated it to the city.

"Councilman Lewis McNutt wanted to assure his constituency that the decisions that he made as a council member were not reflected by the compensation that he received," Arthur said "Therefore, the salary that he made as a council member was donated in the form of two fountains, one in front of City Hall and the second in Forest Park."

The fountains turn 100 years old next year.

Arthur is working with the Clay County Historical Society to develop plans for a small celebration and presentation for students in the Clay Community School Corporation about the history of the city.

"My plans are to present this plan in fourth, seventh or eighth, and eleventh grades," Arthur said. "It's important that students know their local history."

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