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When a driver damages the Kenan Fountain or any other landmark, who pays for the repairs?

John Peaspanen

The Kenan Fountain shows the damage caused by a motorist. StarNews file photo.

No doubt the Kenan Fountain has taken more than its share of hits over the years.

Payment for damage to this landmark or any other city-owned property only becomes the responsibility of the city if all else fails.

City of Wilmington Communications Manager Malissa Talbert said, “When a vehicle damages a city landmark, such as the Kenan Fountain, it is the responsibility of the insurance company of the person causing the accident. If the driver does not have insurance or if a landmark is damaged in a hit-and-run accident, the city would pay for repairs, if no other recourse is available and/or other legal options are not feasible.”

The driver’s insurance will eventually pay for damage caused when a motorist hit the fountain in August 2012.

Kenan Fountain was given to the city in 1921 by William Rand Kenan, Jr., to serve as a memorial to his parents. Built in New York, the monument originally had a pool at street level, which was removed in 1953, after the State Highway Commission requested that the city move the entire fountain. In lieu of moving the fountain, city council voted to reduce its size, widen the street and add spotlights. To date, that has failed to totally prevent collisions.


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