WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The White Plains’s Common Council has approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair the fountains at the city’s Renaissance Plaza at the intersection of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue, according to a report by lohud.com.
Mayor Tom Roach said he thought restoring the $4 million water feature, built around 2003, would bolster the plaza’s reputation as the heart of the city’s downtown, and local business owners have supported repair plans, but the $440,000 project didn’t wash with at least two board members, lohud.com reported.
Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona abstained from this week’s vote and Dennis Krolian cast the sole “nay” vote, calling the project a waste of taxpayers’ money, lohud.com said. The majority of the money ($300,000) will be borrowed, but the rest of the cost will be covered by Open Space and Recreation reserve funds, lohud.com reported.
According to lohud.com, the fountains have been plagued by leakage and problems with the computer that controls their music and lights, and the city has spent thousands trying to keep them going.