Council budgets $50,000 to restore fountain destroyed in car crash
About $50,000 of unbudgeted council funds are likely to be used to reinstate New Plymouth's Honeyfield Fountain.
The 106-year-old fountain was destroyed in April when a stolen car being driven by a drunken youth crashed into it.
The fountain needs restoration. A recommendation was moved at a New Plymouth District Council monitoring committee meeting last night, to fund the $50,000 restoration project from its depreciation reserves.
NPDC parks manager Mark Bruhn said the estimated figure included $39,000 for the restoration, and a $10,000 contingency for unknown costs.
"Until they start piecing it together, then of course once they reassemble it, we don't know how much damage there might be to fix up. But the $50,000 I'm confident should be the maximum," he said.
The marble, sandstone and wrought-iron structure was last restored in 2007.
That $49,500 restoration was funded by the TSB Community Trust, Lotteries Environment and Heritage Committee, Govett Quilliam and NPDC, as well as individual relations of original donator Alice Honeyfield.
New Plymouth district councillors at the time, Mike Merrick, Elaine Gill and Alex Matheson, also formed the Friends of the Honeyfield Fountain to raise funds.
Mr Bruhn said last night that the council's insurance excess was $100,000, therefore any council asset less than that figure was not insured.
New Plymouth police said the stolen Honda City, occupied by two 15-year-olds under the influence of alcohol, shot through a red light at the intersection at St Aubyn St, hit a bump in the road and became airborne before coming back down in Dawson St and crashing into the fountain.
The matter is before the courts, however, reparation is being sought by the council.
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