June 28, 2016

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A fountain could return to Medina’s Public Square

MEDINA — The gazebo on Public Square may get some company.

On Wednesday, City Council’s Public Properties Committee discussed installing an ornamental fountain on the square.

Medina Parks and Recreation Director Tim Swanson displays a mock-up of a proposed ornamental fountain for Public Square. A City Council committee discussed the fountain Wednesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The 8-foot-tall fountain could be placed on the east side of the square, in front of the Medina County Courthouse, said David McCarthy, who chairs the Uptown Park Advisory Committee, a board appointed by the mayor.

“There’s a couple of locations that we’re looking at,” he said.

Roger Smalley, executive director of the Medina Community Design Committee, a historic preservation group, said the fountain would be $9,000 to manufacture, plus the cost of the base.

Smalley said a local family was willing to donate funds to pay to produce the fountain.

The city parks department and the Community Design Committee are spending some funds for architect Tim Cerny to develop construction plans.

The fountain would be cast-iron and could include a circular pool surrounding it.

Mayor Dennis Hanwell said there were some liability issues for the city if someone tripped and fell in the fountain.

Hanwell said that many children are on Public Square.

“We’re drawing people and many times young children walking from Garfield Elementary School,” he said.

Hanwell said it would be a good idea to have a ledge surrounding the pool, and make the water as shallow as possible.

Council members present at the meeting were supportive of the fountain idea.

Councilman Jim Shields, 4th Ward, chairman of the Public Properties Committee, said he had fond memories of the previous fountain on the square.

“I’ll speak for myself, I want to make this work somehow,” he said.

There have been fountains on the square in the past, most recently a fountain donated by the owners of the Medina Farmer’s Exchange in 1951, which was replaced by the gazebo in 1975, according to a letter to Council from the Uptown Park Advisory Committee.

The committee agreed to continue talking about the proposal at a future meeting.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.