It is clearly controversial to discuss anything less than having the Kenan Fountain remain where it is at the intersection of 5th and Market. In the 50s, the federal highway folks recommended moving it, built in 1921, it has been hit dozens and dozens of times and has been costly to taxpayers to maintain. BUT it does make for an interesting argument.
Should the fountain be altered, moved, painted, lit up, redesigned, etc. . . due to the people’s irresponsible behavior or should it remain and be subjected to a constant barrage of tire scrubbing and actual impacts because it’s at a busy intersection?
That’s the discussion. While insurance will pay for the repair (almost $80k) the city is considering spending $400k to update, modify, alter everything around it. At what cost does the public bear the burden for the irresponsible people who hit it or the poor location of the fountain to begin with?
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