The Whirlpool Compass Fountain in St. Joseph remains closed for repairs, and those appear to be on schedule to take about two weeks. City officials say work started to remove the old caulk from the fountain last Wednesday, and they are still doing so now. Getting rid of the caulk is slow and labor intensive, as workers are using a hand-held electric knife to cut away the old material from the concrete. After the caulk is removed, the concrete of the fountain pad needs to be lightly ground down to remove all traces of the old caulk. Crews will then install new caulking throughout the fountain once that is done, and that will need about 24 hours to cure. When the project started last Wednesday, it was expected to take up to two weeks and it appears the city is on track to have the fountain open by the end of July.
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