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LaGrange Approves Project to Return Colored Lights to Fountain

LaGrange Approves Project to Return Colored Lights to Fountain

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer
The LaGrange City Council has approved funds make necessary repairs to the Lafayette Square Fountain and reintroduce its original multi-colored lighting.

About $310,000 in special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) will be used to make repairs and reinstall multi-colored LED lights to the city fountain.

The change will partially restore the original look of the fountain, which originally had multi-colored lights before they were switched out with standard white lights.

Skip Smith of Smith Design Group gave a presentation during the council’s work session about the project and provided a brief history of the fountain with the help of Shannon Johnson from the Troup County Archives.

Mayor Jim Thornton noted that now is the time for upgrades to the fountain, which is already in need of repair. He said that the lights on the fountain need to be changed anyway and that they cost about $1,000 each.

The colored lights would also help with the many requests that the city gets to put colored dyes in the fountain for special events. The city has previously allowed dye in the fountain for events such as Paint the Town Pink, but has stopped doing so because it requires the fountain to be drained in order to clean stains off the marble.

Smith advised the plan includes the installation of 56 multi-color LED lights. The lights are expected to last more than a decade, and the colors can easily be changed to promote different events. The bulbs are rated for 50,000 hours, which would last 17 years under their expected use, but in reality they are expected to last about 11 or 12 years.

Parts under the fountain will also need to be repaired or replaced. Plans also include the installation of a cooling and dehumidifying system to reduce wear on components under the fountain.

The city received two bids for the project. The low bid came in from JHC Corporation at $316,000, but the city was able to negotiate with the company to reduce the estimated cost to $310,000.

The lights would primarily be ran at night, as the colors would likely not be visible in daytime.

The project is being paid for using SPLOST funds designated for parks.

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