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Klein: Not currently adequate support for Tim Cole fountain

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Councilman Todd Klein (KCBD File Photo) Councilman Todd Klein (KCBD File Photo)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Plans for a fountain to honor Timothy Cole in Lubbock are now on hold.

On Wednesday night City Councilman Todd Klein announced he is delaying the proposal, saying in part, "Despite my hopes, it appears that there is not currently adequate City Council support for the passage of a memorial fountain in honor of Tim Cole at [Thursday's] meeting."

Cole was the Texas Tech student who was wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape. He died while serving time in prison and became the first person in Texas to be exonerated posthumously.

Klein also says, "It is not a question if or when, but how to best honor Tim, and this is a wonderful advancement."

The proposal has been a fountain in Mackenzie Park, with an estimated cost of $25,000. Klein says part of the delay is to look at funding sources.

By no means is Klein giving up. He will be hosting a town hall-style "Coffee with Citizens" on Saturday at Market Street, 50th Street and Indiana Avenue, at 11 a.m., at which time he wants to hear from voters and taxpayers how they feel about the Tim Cole fountain and other issues.

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