Morgan courthouse pond work put on hold
By Sheryl Marsh
Morgan County Commission Chairman John Glasscock said last month that the reflecting pond at the courthouse should have water before the end of May.
As the month nears an end, the concrete pond remains dry with exposed PVC pipe.
On waiting list
Glasscock said the county pond is on a Huntsville pool company’s waiting list.
“They put us on hold because it’s the heat of the pool season,” Glasscock said.
County Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Lindley said last week that the pond should have water by the first week in June.
“It’s the same company that works on pools for the city and he told me that they would get to us the week after Memorial Day,” said Lindley. “They’ve got so many swimming pools to work on because this is their busiest time of year. Everybody wants their swimming pools ready for the holiday and summer.”
Lindley said an employee from the pool company diagnosed the problem with the Morgan pond and the company can repair it.
“He said they’ll spray with some type of epoxy on the back, and the front side will have a gravel-looking finish,” Lindley explained. “We’ve got it cleaned out and ready for them to work on it.”
The pond was once a picturesque water attraction on the north side of the courthouse, but maintenance employees drained it more than three years ago due to cracks and leaks. Lindley said water seeped onto courthouse sidewalks and caused damage.
Glasscock had suggestions from others to consider filling the pond with dirt and making a flowerbed. He ruled out that idea.
The pond has plaques of the names of veterans from past wars, and during memorial services people go there to honor them.
Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars spoke against the flowerbed idea, saying officials should return the pond to its original state.
Lindley said once the company repairs the pond, he and others will fill it with water.
He said the company didn’t give him a total cost yet, but “I’m sure it will be reasonable.”
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