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Jonesborough veterans fountain victim of vandalism

The Jonesborough Veterans Park fountain stopped working last week due to mulch and sticks found inside the pumps protective guard, causing it to burn out.
Jonesborough Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Marion Light said he visits the Jonesborough Veterans Park every other day to make sure the water fountain has adequate water when he discovered the protective guard was no longer screwed shut.
The pump has a mechanism on the front that can be screwed on and off, Light said, which is no easy task.
“It had to be intentionally,” he said of the guard being open. “A youngster could not have taken the end off down in 20 inches of water.”
Light said he does not understand why someone would illegibly cause the pump to stop working because it’s a veteran’s park.
Without the guard being shut, mulch and sticks entered the pump and it burned out. Light said after cleaning it out, the pump still would not turn back on.
The pump was installed about a year and a half ago after the prior pond pump stopped working after eight or nine years of use.
“The pump is gone,” Light said.
The water fountain will be shut down with a cover made out of plywood during the winter months.
“We will put a new pump in, in the spring,” he said.
Light said everyone on the Veterans Affairs Committee is in agreement that a camera needs to be installed at the park to monitor the traffic coming in and out, especially at night. The cost of the camera is roughly $3,000; he said, and would be kept in the dispatch area of Town Hall to be monitored.
“That is what it is going to take, I think,” Light said.
In addition to the pump, he has also noticed that someone is jumping off the brick wall with possibly a skateboard damaging the mortar joints.
“I wish they wouldn’t do it,” Light said. “It kind of gets expensive to replace mortar joints.”
Light said he wishes individuals would not cause harm to the park.
“They have to understand that these are families that have an input in the park because they are buying the brick,” he said. “The park is everyone’s park.”
Light said individuals should be proud of the park because it includes bricks of Washington County veterans who fought in the Revolutionary War to present day wars.
“When you come off of Boones Creek, that is the first thing you see, especially at night,” he said.