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Water is plentiful in the reflecting pond on the north side of the Morgan County Courthouse after more than a three-year dry spell.
Daily photo by Brennen Smith
Water is plentiful in the reflecting pond on the north side of the Morgan County Courthouse after more than a three-year dry spell.

Morgan courthouse pond is back in business

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

After more than three years, water is springing in the pool on the north side of the Morgan County Courthouse.

The water comes from a spring underneath the courthouse. It goes to the pond and comes out of a water fountain that County Maintenance Director Wayne Lindley and others made to give the springing-water effect.

A pool company started repairing the dry pond July 6.

Lindley said the Huntsville company finished the work Saturday.

"They did a good job," said Lindley. We took the PVC pipe out and turned the pumps on and let the water fill up. We're waiting to make sure we don't have any leakage. Everything is looking good so far."

The repairs cost $7,500.

Lindley said pool workers installed materials in the pond so it won't crack and leak again.

Maintenance employees drained the pond more than three years ago because water was leaking onto courthouse sidewalks, Lindley said.

Initially, County Commission Chairman John Glasscock said the pond would cost too much to repair. He pondered filling the pond with dirt and planting flowers. He said someone gave him that suggestion.

Other commissioners opposed the idea and supported restoring it. Representatives of military veteran organizations verbally opposed Glasscock's idea because a monument attached to the pond honors Morgan countians who died in wars for this country.

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