Commonwealth Journal

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November 15, 2012

Burkesville contractor wins bid for Fountain Square beautification

Fiscal Court awards Hil-Don Inc. $760,665 contract

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Somerset —

The bid advertisement says the scope of construction includes demolition of the existing fountain, side-walks, walls, site amenities and electrical components. It includes installation of a new fountain, sidewalk pavement with pavers (eliminated), light poles and fixtures, irrigation, landscaping, retaining walls and seat walls.
Design of the new fountain has not changed.
A powerful and impressive water display will jut from a small pool and falling water will cascade off the smaller pool into a larger pool,” Bourne said. Base lighting will illuminate the gushing waterfall. 
“It is going to be the most significant fountain built in Kentucky during the last five years,” said Russell Sitter, designer of the fountain.
Sitter is an expert on fountain design. He designed the fountain at the Court of Justice building in Lexington and also a spectacular fountain in Cincinnati, among others. 
Also, the fountain’s antiquated electrical wiring will be upgraded. The existing fountain is hooked to the courthouse electrical system and operation of the fountain often disrupts computers in the various offices. Bourne has indicated the design of Fountain Square will complement the courtyard at Pulaski Court of Justice.
Other notable changes in the renovated Fountain Square area will be relocation of the statue of John Sherman Cooper. The statue of Somerset’s native son, now facing west, will look south toward First and Farmers National Bank.
The public square has been a gathering place since shortly after Somerset was founded. The fountain, operating seasonally, has been gushing for 104 years.
A committee of county justices and town commissioners was formed in 1893 to plan for a fountain on the public square. 
Some 15 years later -- in 1908 -- this was accomplished when a group called the Commercial Club raised $1,250 from citizens and businesses. This, along with appropriations from Pulaski Fiscal Court and Somerset Town Council, was used to pay for developing the square and installing a fountain.
 

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