by Mitch Lehman
“After a great deal of research and several meetings, the Gift Committee agreed on a fountain as the appropriate gift to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary,” said former Mayor Rosemary ‘Rary’ Simmons, who chairs the group. “The committee determined that the most appropriate site would be next to City Hall. The fountain mirrors many details of the city’s seal and the foreground is based on the former Fire Department door next to the site.”
The fountain will be formally dedicated on April 25, 2013 – the date of San Marino’s Centennial year.
The Centennial Gift Committee was awarded $75,000 from the monies put aside for the centennial celebration some 25 years ago under a policy adopted by, appropriately, Simmons herself, who had the foresight to comprehend the magnitude of the situation. Each year since, the city has set aside $10,000 earmarked expressly for the Centennial.
The approximate cost of the fountain and its surroundings is $87,000.
“The Gift Committee hopes to make up the difference and provide an endowment for the fountain’s maintenance with the sale of courtyard bricks,” Simmons told The Tribune.
San Marino citizens will have an opportunity to be a part of the city’s first 100 years by purchasing a brick that may be engraved with their family name. The bricks sell for $200 each and can hold three lines of half-inch tall text at eighteen characters per line. Bricks may be ordered by calling city hall at 300-0700 or filling out the form in the ad that is found here in The Tribune.
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