DANVILLE — What was originally a good deed from a local Scout trying to earn his Eagle Scout Award has turned into a continuous problem for the village of Danville.

Johnathan Snyder created a fountain at the village park in 2014, creating a pyramid to honor the three villages that combined to form Danville. The village has maintained the fountain since its creation and issues have continued to rise up over the years. This year, the ledge was repaired, but it is now broken again and the Danville Village Council held a long discussion about what to do with the fountain.

There are other problems, as well, it was noted. Problems such as leaves from the trees surrounding the fountain constantly clogging up the pump, as well as vandals damaging it quite regularly.

Village Administrator Rob McDonald said it continuously needs work, from cleaning out the pump to keeping the water from turning green or brown. The village has also had to repair pieces of the fountain several times over the years.

Suggestions ranging from finding a group or organization to take care of the fountain to turning it into a planter’s box to just shutting it down completely and digging it up were discussed during the council meeting Monday.

In the end, no conclusion was decided other than to close it up for the winter months and hope that someone will come forward with an idea or the money to take care of the issue.

In other news:

•Trick or treat in the village will be Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5:30-7 p.m.

•The next Planning Commission meeting will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at the municipal building.

•Fire Committee chairman Joe Mazzari reported the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District is looking into a Bureau of Workman’s Comp grant that would help pay for a portion of a “Striker” gurney. The district looked into a motorized gurney several years ago that would aid paramedics in lifting and caring for larger individuals, but was not able to afford the $54,000 price tag. Mazzari said the grant, if it is received, would pay for approximately $40,000. The district, he said, will not purchase the gurney unless they receive the grant.

Mazzari also reported the EKCJFD had 121 runs for August, giving them 898 for the year. And that Oct. 7 will be the beginning of Fire Safety Week and the EKCJFD will have an open house that day, serving barbecue chicken from 11 a.m. until the food runs out.

•Village Administrator Rob McDonald reported that two dumpsters have been ordered for Fall Clean Up Day, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. until noon.

•McDonald also reported the sewer plant upgrade is down to a few final items to be completed.

The next council meeting will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.


Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or fmain@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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