NL's whale fountain shut off for sanitary reasons
New London — The city turned off the water at the new whale tail fountain over the weekend after someone reportedly defecated in the water.
"People are using the tail as a latrine,'' Evelyn Louziotis said. "It's an $11 million bathroom."
"It's sad,'' City Councilor Michael Buscetto III said during Monday's City Council meeting. "It's two steps forward and three steps backward. There are people in the city who don't care, and they need to be dealt with."
Buscetto said since water started flowing in the whale fountain last month, police and fire officials have been called for people urinating, defecating and washing themselves off in the fountain water. He said some people who have cut themselves have also used the fountain to rinse off blood.
"I'm concerned with the sanitary aspect of the water," Buscetto said, adding that there needs to be more supervision at the Parade. He said city officials know who is abusing the fountain and the Parade area.
"Let's call them frequent flyers,'' he said, referring to a group of people who routinely hang out on the benches on the Parade.
Stories that may interest you
DEAR ABBY: My dear friend of many years is marrying for the fourth time. Her fiance is verbally abusive and a heavy drinker. After a particularly bad period she went through with him, I told her that if she went ahead and married him, she should just let me know when it was over...
On May 28 a large group of neighbors are expected to attend a public hearing on a master plan application by owners of Seaport Marine to redevelop the property into the Smiler's Wharf development.
College President Katherine Bergeron urged this year’s graduates to not only remember the school’s first graduating class, but to be “glad to dare” as they had 100 years ago.
The Preston Democratic Town Committee is seeking candidates to run for office in this fall’s municipal election.