Friday, June 29, 2007

Library Fountain in peril

Since 1940 the Pan Fountain in front of the Collinsville Library donated by the children of the schools in Collinsville has been a quiet retreat. The children from the schools collected money and had the fountain installed in the memory of Charles H. Dorris, Superintendent of Schools from 1900-1937 .

For the last three years the fountain has remained dormant due to mechanical problems with the system and the costs of its repair. The Board of Trustees has looked into numerous fixes and alternatives to continue the fountain but to no definite end. The Board is now looking to the public for answers.

Possible amounts of the repairs can range from $20,000 to $75,000 and the yearly maintenance costs of $3,500 to $5,000 are the main issues in the continued operation of the fountain. Pat McChristian, President of the Board of Trustees on the direction of the Board is making an appeal to the public to determine the fate of the fountain. Possibilities from total rehabilitation of the fountain to changing it into a flower garden have been discussed.

It is now in the hands of the Collinsville community. The Board is asking for your opinions on what to do with the fountain. If the answer is that you would like to see the fountain maintained, a solution on where the money can come from to fix it and then to maintain it year after year will remain in question.

It is not an easy question to answer and the Board is determined to have an answer by August. So please consider this an appeal for your input either in an opinion or in a pledge of a financial contribution to decide the fate of the Pan Fountain.