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June 7, 2011

Centerville Garden Club pays for sprinkler system

CENTERVILLE — Don't be surprised to see water shooting out of the ground the next time you visit the Appanoose County Courthouse in Centerville.

Don't worry, it's not a water main break.

It's a sprinkler system installed by A+ Lawn and Landscaping that was paid for by the Centerville Garden Club.

Pat McAfee, garden club president, Friday afternoon said the $4,500 sprinkler system will reduce the time needed to water the flower beds around the courthouse and free up garden club volunteers to do other projects.

"We have to drag hoses halfway around the courthouse three and four times a week and move those sprinklers from place to place to cover all of those beds," McAfee said.  "So it's taking 10 hours of volunteer time, a minimum of a week, to water those beds. And we decided it's worth our investment to install a sprinkler system."

McAfee said garden club dues and money raised from fundraisers will be used to pay for the sprinkler system. And the garden club pays for the cost of the flowers they plant at the courthouse and in the many pots on the Square.

McAfee said the garden club wants to tackle yet this year a beatification project at the northwest corner of Iowa Highways 2 and 5 intersection. Odds of it happening depends on financing, McAfee said.

Jim Buys, an A+ Lawn and Landscaping employee, said approximately 5,000 feet of one-inch blue PVC pipe was buried beneath the ground at the courthouse. And the entire system is controlled electronically by a timer, he said.

"Basically, all we have to do is tell (the timer) when we want it to water and how long we want it to water," Buys said. "The system is also hooked up to a rain sensor, so when it rains outside it will automatically shut it off so it's not sprinkling during a rain."

Buys said the sprinklers will not only water the garden club's flower beds but extend 60 feet out from the courthouse sidewalk perimeter. He said the Appanoose County Courthouse was the first courthouse he can remember installing a sprinkler system.

The Centerville Garden Club has 24 members.

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