The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 28, 2013

Carthage Council accepts money for Kellogg Lake fountain project

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage is a bit closer to replacing the fountain in Kellogg Lake, according to Alan Bull, parks director.

The city has received a $3,000 donation for the project from the Kellogg Lake Committee, a volunteer group that works to promote and preserve Kellogg Lake Park. When combined with money previously allocated by the Carthage City Council, $12,500 is now available for the project, said Tom Short, city administrator.

Bull said he still is looking to raise money for the project, since at least $14,500 will be needed to replace the lighted fountain that for years provided a multi-colored water spray in the lake at the city’s east edge.

The fountain had been in place for about 25 years and the motor has been rebuilt twice.

“Last spring when we tried to start it, it wouldn’t work,” Bull said. “When we pulled the motor and took it for repairs, we were told there was no way to repair it; it had just gotten too old and corroded.”

Bull said he is continuing to look for funding for the project while a potential purchase is being considered. A final recommendation will come from the council’s public services committee.

“We might be able to do it a little cheaper except that I want to use LED lights. They use a lot less energy and they last a lot longer. But they are more expensive,” Bull said.

The committee’s donation was noted at the at Tuesday’s meeting of the Carthage City Council.