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Just came back from the lake and looked at the $40,000.00 fountain that has been sitting in front of the fountain building. Word has it that someone was "working" on it today. What I noticed is now the lights have all been removed. Also missing is the motor. The same motor that Our Borough Engineer unequivocally stated was not burned out. We were told that there were problems with the circuits tripping, but it did not necessarily mean the motor was the problem. I believe he even said that tests showed the motor was functioning. I guess not enough to make the fountain work. The motor has been removed along with all of the lights and the fountain has now sat for two months on the banks of the lake. I'm not sure I'm happy that my tax money has: paid for the purchase of the fountain two years ago, paid for the 24 /7 running of the fountain during the winter months, and now the removing, testing, and replacing of most of the fountain. This fountain is 2 years old. The previous fountain had lasted 10 to 12 years and none of these problems occurred until the fountain was at least a decade old. Most of the damages occurred by the improper removing and installing of the previous fountain. Paul Matus, Councilor of Parks and Properties(2013) and Bob Berger, President stated that we were saving money by leaving the fountain in during winters. I am wondering where are these savings. I will have to ask at the next council meeting. I can't wait to hear the "spin" that will be given for the current state of the fountain. Remember Ridley Park Residents, this is our tax money being spent foolishly by a few who are trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to properly maintaining a $ 40,000 fountain.