‘Sen­si­ble’ de­ci­sion on foun­tain

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An open let­ter to the peo­ple of Mata­mata: Pete Petersen Foun­tain - res­o­lu­tion.

We ac­cept that the de­ci­sion to re­move the ‘‘Pete Petersen’’ Me­mo­rial Foun­tain from its site on Tainui St is sen­si­ble.

To all the friends, sup­port­ers and peo­ple of the dis­trict who ral­lied to keep the water fea­ture ear­lier, we of­fer this re­sume of events and rea­sons for our de­ci­sion.

At a meet­ing to press our opinion that the foun­tain should be re­turned to good con­di­tion, coun­cil was able to give us copies of a re­cent en­gi­neer’s re­port out­lin­ing the con­di­tion of the foun­tain and what would be needed to make it work­able again.

This re­port con­cludes that the con­crete has de­te­ri­o­rated with age, in­ter­nally as well as ex­ter­nally, to the point where per­ma­nent re­pair is not prac­ti­cal.

Any re­pairs would be cos­metic, not adding ap­pre­cia­bly to the life of the struc­ture.

Af­ter sur­face coat­ing and seal­ing, the orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance and aes­thet­ics could not be re­tained.

Although this is dis­ap­point­ing, it was a re­lief to find that there is real rea­son to re­move it and the de­ci­sion to do so is vin­di­cated, even though coun­cil­lors did not know this at the time.

We are happy that the coun­cil has agreed to name a meet­ing room, off the main foyer, the ‘‘Pete Petersen Room’’ and dis­play a plaque re­mem­ber­ing both Pete’s BEM and his orig­i­nal gift to our Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil work­men ex­er­cised skill and care to re­move the orig­i­nal plaque in one piece and gave it to us.

This was un­ex­pected and was ap­pre­ci­ated.

To the many pro­fes­sion­als who freely gave their knowl­edge and time, and to other vol­un­teers who came to our cause, we say thank you very much.

A lot of time and ef­fort went into as­cer­tain­ing that the pumps were in good con­di­tion, though we had been told oth­er­wise.

How­ever, the pumps are not the prob­lem.

To ev­ery­one who helped to pub­li­cise our con­cerns, spread the word and get the coun­cil to look closely at its de­ci­sion and find fac­tual ev­i­dence for the re­moval of the water fea­ture, thank you also.

The is­sue has dragged on, but the an­swer is sat­is­fac­tory and sen­si­ble.

We con­sider the af­fair re­solved.

-Wayne Petersen, Avelda Swney (nee Petersen), Steve Petersen.

A news­pa­per clip­ping show­ing the es­t­bal­ish­ment of the Petersen foun­tain in Mata­mata in the mid1980s.

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