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County to consider placing fence at Riverfront fountains

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County commission is considering placing a fence around the water fountains at Riverfront Park to keep kids safe. Last month, Beth Vinson presented the commission with a petition urging the county to fence in the area between the fountains and the River.

Her 23-year old son, D.J., drowned while trying to rescue two young boys. One was pulled to safety. 11-year old Joshua Perry also drowned.

The boys were playing in the fountains when they wandered off from their grandparents and jumped in the river. County administrator Richard Crowdis recommended the commission move forward with the fence, as it will at least make it more difficult for kids to get to the river, plus it will add a layer of protection between the fountains and the roadway.

He said, "It makes sense to put a fence there so a person can't go 25 feet into the roadway if nobody's watching and also they can't go all the way down to the river at that point. This was a map that was suggested from the petition we received."

The county administrator is currently gathering information as to how much the fence will cost. He will then bring the issue back to the county commission for a vote.

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