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Jason Culley from Burleson Pool works to repair the fountain outside the Morgan County Courthouse on Tuesday.
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Jason Culley from Burleson Pool works to repair the fountain outside the Morgan County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Courthouse pond repairs under way

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A reflecting pond at the Morgan County Courthouse, which dried up and became an eyesore three years ago, is about to get new life.

Workers from a pool company are working on the pond and said they should finish by next week.

"They said they would probably have it done by the end of next week," said Wayne Lindley, courthouse maintenance supervisor. He explained the procedure.

"They're going to replaster it and spray a liner in it," he said. "They say it shouldn't crack anymore."

Once a water attraction on the north side of the courthouse, cracks in the pond caused maintenance employees to drain it more than three years ago. Lindley said PVC pipe was installed to cap the water after it drained.

The pipe, which is not pleasing to the eye, is coming out of the pond.

"As soon as they get it fixed, we'll take the PVC pipe out," said Lindley.

"It was there for the water to run through and for drainage because water is steadily pumping even though it's capped off," he said.

Lindley explained that a spring underneath the courthouse provides water for the pond and the irrigation system.

Commission Chairman John Glasscock said the repairs are overdue.

"I am very proud that the repairs have started, and I'm excited to get it finished and returned to its original state," said Glasscock.

The repairs to the pond will cost $7,500, Lindley said.

"It'll be worth it," said Lindley. "Once they finish it, we'll fill it up with water, and that should make everybody happy."

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