The brick facade around the fountain in Russellville’s Carrico Square is being taken down and refurbished. Mark Stratton, the city’s mayor, said this has needed to be done for awhile now.
“The bricks started coming loose over the years and in order to repair the problem they all had to be taken apart and re-bricked,” said Stratton, adding it just makes the fountain and square look better while also protecting and preserving the fountain itself.
Before being bricked the very old fountain had a curb around it. When the masons got into the project, they found there was not enough mortar built up to support the bricks. This was one of the reasons the brick was coming apart.
Cost for the project is approximately $3,500.
Other issues involve people standing on the brick. A sign is posted asking people to stay off and out of the fountain.
“We are not being unfriendly to our citizens or visitors to the square by asking them to stay off the fountain,” said Stratton. “We are just trying to protect the integrity of the fountain, as well as protect those who have come to the square.”
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