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Most every city has them, statues or plaques that commemorate events in history.

The city of Lexington is no different, in fact the city has dozens..

Good Question: Jerry in Lexington:
Who cleans the military plaques and statues in downtown , some are covered in algae others discolored?

In Lexington there are all sorts of statues.

At Thoroughbred Park, these horses are a statement of what Lexington is known for, downtown other statues remind us of our history and markers like this make sure we don't forget those who died.

The one thing they all have in common they take major upkeep to look good.

"That is our top priority to be in tip top shape." said Tracey Thurman, Administrative Officer with General Services for the city of Lexington.

The task of keeping all the statues and plaques in tip top shape, falls on Thurman and the city.

"We've just completed the first comprehensive listing and kind of doing an assessment of all of our statues, markers and plaques." said Thurman.

In all the city is looking at the conditions of some 25 pieces, but Thurman says it's not as easy as getting out a bucket of soapy water to keep statues looking like new.

"It's a very tedious process and very expensive one from the standpoint that each statue or marker has different physical properties and those things dictate what kinds of chemicals are used to clean them."

And that can cost thousands.

Bottom line it comes down to money, something there isn't a lot of right now.

"With the budget constraints and the economy being what it is we have very minimal money to address the issue."

The city recently opened up the cleaning process for bids, that has closed and now they wait to see what if anything can be done.

Thurman says the city would also welcome any help from the private sector or civic organization to help keep the monuments clean and looking good.


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