Planter Box, Fountain Scheduled for Removal
The planter box at the corner of East Main and Pioneer Street is now scheduled to be removed on Monday and the fountain in Chautauqua Square will be removed on Tuesday. The City received no bids for the fountain, however the Parks Department would like to salvage some of the parts and components from the fountain and repurpose them for some as-yet unspecified use. Parks will also attempt to relocate the magnolia tree and witch hazel shrub in the planter box. The project will proceed as follows:
Monday, Feb. 16: Cut ‘n Break Concrete will remove the blocks around the planter.
Tuesday, Feb. 17: Parks will remove sections and components of the fountain they wish to salvage and will attempt to relocate the magnolia and witch hazel.
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Street crews will remove the remainder of the fountain and the concrete below the fountain to prep the site for new concrete. This may take two days, since we don’t know for sure what’s under the fountain and how difficult it will be to remove.
Friday, Feb. 20: Cut ‘n Break will be back to pour new concrete in the areas from which the fountain and planter box were removed. (This may be postponed to Monday, Feb. 23, depending on contractor availability.)
Week of Feb. 23: After the concrete has time to cure, Street Division crews will work with Cut ‘n Break to rebuild the block walls. All work should be completed by February 27.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the sidewalk will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be diverted around the site. On Wednesday, one lane of traffic will be closed as well.
Responding to a request from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to remove the fountain (OSF controls the property under a lease with the City), the City Council declared the fountain surplus property in the hope that someone would purchase and remove it. The cost to repair the fountain, which was installed in 1990 and almost immediately began malfunctioning, was estimated at $90,000. The cost to relocate it was estimated at $102,000. Attempts to repair the fountain over the years have consistently failed and it last had water in it in 2008. Since no bids were received to remove the fountain, it will be removed.